I fear, dear reader, I am about, with a few swipes of the keyboard, to lose my reputation for coolest foodie around (I realise this distinction resides in my head only, but bear with me…).
I have no problem with fashionable fads (my love of skirts of extreme cuts, hues and hemlines attests to this), but this doesn’t generally stretch to food.
Perhaps because I am the daughter and culinary protégé of a woman born in the mid-1920s (veteran of the culinarily joyless pre-, mid- and post-war years) I treasure my foundation in ‘proper’ food learned at my mother’s Kenwood mixer and at school in the days when Domestic Science lessons were the preserve of strict ladies and female pupils (boys, who could only dream of scone-making, were reduced to the tyranny of hammer and lathe in woodwork and metalwork, poor dears).
Hence, I struggle with unicorn lattes and blue algae pancakes (and yes, I did choose the cover photo for this edition) and yearn only for a good old apple crumble and vanilla ice cream. Having said that, it was fun to explore what is in fashion food-wise this year, and 88 years since Aldous Huxley had us all fed by tablet-form nutrients in Brave New World, I am entertained (if not tempted…) by vivid spirulina blue pancakes topped with peanut butter.
I guess that time was, scones were avant-garde, and thus blue pancakes may endure. Either way, enjoy them, and the other trends we have explored, all
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