As we spend more time indoors, experienced cooks and novices alike are frequenting the kitchen — and creating some seriously mouth-watering eats. Social media, in particular, has seen a significant influx of food-related posts. From homemade pasta and pancake cereal to pickled veggies and focaccia bread art, there’s something for everyone when it comes to these recipes that have been catapulted into popularity during quarantine.
Searches around regrowing veggie scraps has been on the rise in recent weeks. That’s right: you can give your vegetables a second chance at life right in your own kitchen. Not only does it help reduce food waste, but it saves you money (and multiple trips to the grocery store) in the long run. Who knew creating your own indoor garden was this easy? These are the best vegetables you can regrow in your kitchen.
Mac and Cheese
Comfort food has seen a significant spike in popularity as we continue to hunker down indoors – and what’s more soothing to the belly and the soul than a hearty bowl of creamy mac and cheese? Whether you’re sticking with a classic or jazzing it up with meat or veggies, this one-pot dish will never go out of style. Find more macaroni recipes that will satisfy your pasta cravings.
Humans are a resourceful sort, especially when grabbing a cup of coffee from your favourite cafe is (temporarily) out of the question. In the interim, many have had to get creative at home, whipping up fancy hot drinks that would make any of us worthy of winning Barista of the Year. Dalgona coffee, in particular, has seen an increase in recipe searches. Whip together equal portions of instant coffee powder, sugar and hot water until creamy before adding cold or hot milk. Pair your hot cuppa alongside Valerie Bertinelli’s vanilla and coffee cream puffs for the ultimate at-home cafe experience.
Focaccia Bread Art
Chances are you’ve come across a lot of fancy at-home recipes on social media lately – specifically the hot new way to elevate the average loaf of focaccia bread. This bread art trend involves manipulating colourful toppings to look like a watercolour painting or floral bouquet. It’s been a treat to see people embracing their creative sides when it comes to switching up their favourite recipes. If you’re feeling a little less ambitious, you can try this beautiful blueberry focaccia recipe or Anna Olson’s savoury rosemary onion focaccia.
For the younger generation, pancake cereal recipes have saturated TikTok and Instagram in recent days. So, how popular is it? According to reports, bowls of mini pancakes covered in syrup have exploded across platforms with the #pancakecereal hashtag receiving more than 10.6 million views. Sounds like a bona fide food trend to us!
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Sometimes, when things aren’t going well, we turn to the comforts of old favourites – be it binge-watching a beloved TV show or indulging in a little baking therapy. The classic chocolate chip cookie, in particular, is a popular indulgent go-to. At the end of the day, what’s better than a soft, chewy cookie when the world doesn’t feel right? Find all our top chocolate chip cookie recipes for a better week ahead.
One of the easiest ways to dive into food projects is to start small, especially if you’re somewhat of a novice. Homemade jam is a great place to start and allows you to make the most of all those ripe seasonal ingredients. The process is also fun to document on social media and will no doubt brighten your feed and your spirits. No fresh fruit? Bake these tasty sweet treats with jams and jellies.
Meal Prep and Freezer Meals
Although the kids aren’t in school and most of us aren’t schlepping into the office, it doesn’t mean that a little bit of meal prep doesn’t come in handy. Searches for tips and tricks to prepare and/or freeze meals has seen an increase in popularity in recent weeks. It really goes to show we’re all in the same boat. Find out how to prep slow cooker freezer meals to get you through the week. Additionally, these simple meal prep ideas will help you plan like a pro.
Curbside pickup is the new way to order and indulge in some tasty takeout these days. There’s been a significant uptick in popularity for curbside pickup as we band together to help out the food businesses we love most. Not in the mood to order takeout tonight? Try these Indian recipes that are even better than takeout.
Have Some Fun!
Which food trends have you tried?