Food Trends: Black Foods
The modern food market is an ever-expanding canvas of unique ideas, multi-cultural flavors, and palate bending textures. For these reasons I am so very happy to be a professional culinarian in this generation.
In our Food Trends series, we here at Culinary Culture will scope out some of the current and future food trends we come across in our personal and professional wanderings. This week we’ll venture into the Goth-esque realm of black foods.
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With common culinary wisdom telling us that the best plates are bright, vibrant, and inviting, black foods run distinctly counter-culture. They are deep and introspective, rather than bubbly and alluring.
While this craze has been gaining steam since late 2015 in the U.S., it’s been running strong in places like Australia and the U.K. for some time now. The State’s are now finally hitting a mainstream current with foodies and millennials.
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We’re seeing black food rear it’s darkened head by way of ice creams, buns and breads, lemonades, pastas, frostings, seeds and grains, and pastries.
Black foods offer excellent visual contrasts to bright garnishes like sprinkles, powdered sugar, sesame seeds, and pickled vegetables.
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But we’re not talking about dyes and food coloring here. Various fruit ashes, vegetable carbon, and good old fashioned fire can hit the mark.
Making a pasta? Try adding a bit of squid ink to achieve jet black perfection. Looking for a frosting that Glen Danzig himself would praise? Go for activated charcoal to make any cake a midnight special. That bread loaf a little too plain for you? Hit it with some toasted nigella seeds for a killer contrast.
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Personally, I can’t wait to see how many new styles of black food pop up going into 2017. I doubt we’ve seen the last of it.
Have you eaten or seen any other black foods that wowed you? Drop a comment and tell us about it. We love to talk food.