Forget pumpkins, candy apples and spice lattes, this year, autumn is all about purple asparagus, vegan desserts, and mocktails. Here at Fed Up & Drunk, we’ve gathered 6 of this year’s most fashionable autumnal foodie trends, so grab a blanket, put the fire on, and cook up some warming, healthy, or nostalgic autumn treats as you count down the days until your Christmas dinner.
1) The colour purple – and all the colours of the rainbow
Ironically a season known for its warming, bright oranges, autumn may be a time when the leaves on the trees start to lose their green and wither away, but this doesn’t mean autumn is lacking in colour. From the fruit and veg that come into season to brightly coloured fireworks in the night sky, autumn is just bursting in colours.
Orange may be the new black but purple this year is the new orange. From purple potatoes, asparagus and aubergines to figs, blackberries, grapes, prunes and plums, liven up your sweet and savoury dishes this October with a splash of this vibrant colour. And while you’re adding colour to your dishes, why stop at just purple? Throw in every colour of the rainbow. Making a bold and bright statement is always in fashion.
2) Vegan food, vegan desserts and plant-based proteins
As the years move forward, the past gets further and further away, and people become more educated as to what they are putting on their plates, vegan food is undoubtedly only going to grow in popularity, and this autumn is no exception, so expect to see lots of lentils, black beans, and quinoa in your online autumn recipes this year.
From health-conscious foodies to those looking out for the environment and their animal friends, this autumn is all about the vegan lifestyle – they are even having their first ever vegan week on the Bake Off in the coming weeks.
As the Great British Bake Off brings vegan baking into Britain’s homes, you can bet vegan desserts will see a rise in popularity this season. Replace butter with coconut oil and cream with cashew milk and mix up some fantastic vegan treats for your family this year.
3) No-waste cooking
From fermenting fruit and veg and using every part of an animal to blending up all your leftovers into a hearty and warming autumnal soup, 2018 is a year where wasting ingredients simply won’t do anymore, and with Christmas around the corner, cutting back on waste and saving some money is never a bad idea.
4) Nostalgic eating
Combining unpopular world politics with the ever-increasing worsening weather, this autumn runs the risk of being a miserable one, so it’s no wonder people will be looking into their past and pulling up pleasant foodie memories to help them cope this year.
Nostalgia has become a popular trend across the board in recent years with the revival of 70s, 80s and 90s beloved film and TV franchises such as Star Wars, Star Trek, and Netflix’s upcoming Sabrina the Teenage Witch reboot (I swear Netflix didn’t sponsor this post), so it’s no surprise that it would be a food trend too.
From traditional dishes that remind you of food your Grandma used to cook up to old-fashioned cakes and comforting, warming desserts, put your rose-tinted glasses on, snuggle up with a blanket with your feet by the fire and escape from the depressing realities of your life.
5) Alcohol-infused foods
Another popular coping method for the depressing realities of modern day living, if nostalgic food won’t do the trick to cheer you up this autumn, perhaps boozy foods will? Add some alcohol to soups, stews, marinades, sauces, dips, or enjoy a comforting steak and ale pie and forget your troubles for a night or two.
If you’re trying to be good and cutting back on alcohol (until Christmas at least) or perhaps giving it up for good for Stoptober, you’re in luck as mocktails are set to be the fashionable drink of choice this autumn. With so many simply delicious, refreshing, creative, and uplifting non-alcoholic cocktails out there, it’s even easier than ever before to reject the allure of your favourite liquor and instead opt for some more liver-friendly beverages. Many restaurants across the country now serve an enticing and extensive selection of mocktails on their menus so this trend doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.