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Top 5 Dinner Trends for you and your Family this Summer

Top 5 Dinner Trends for you and your Family this Summer

From edible flowers to rainbow bagels, sampling food trends can be a wonderful and innovative experience. However, when the temperature sears and work takes over, making family meals that are fresh and full of zest can be a daunting experience. Fear not! We have created a list of Top Five Summer Food Trends that will make cooking this summer easy, exciting and deliciously seasonal.

Food Trend #1: Eating seasonally
Nose-to-tail eating, or making the most out of your meat, has been on the radar for a few years. This summer, there’s been a demand for more in-season produce, regional fare, and understanding the process of growing fruits and vegetables.

Eating what’s in season is fresher, tastier and more nutritionally dense, but it can take some time getting used to. For those of us who don’t want to reach for the vegetable glossary, here’s a quick guide:

In Season fruit: Avocados, apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, honeydew, peaches, raspberries, rhubarb, rockmelons, strawberries, and watermelons.

In Season vegetables: Asparagus, beetroot, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, celery, corn, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, okra, peas, radish, shallot, silverbeet, tomato, watercress, and zucchini.        

Food Trend #2: DIY Seafood
Some may enjoy the experience of fishing but might not have the time or skill to bring home the biggest catch. Instead, for a more hands-on experience, why not serve a platter filled with a variety unscaled, unpeeled, un-shucked, fish, crustaceans or molluscs (such as prawns, oysters, clams, and whole snapper), for a dinner that will make you feel like a sense of achievement with every bite.

Summer is serving: Blue-eye trevalla, snapper, prawns, and southern rock lobster.

Food Trend #3: Flavours from the Middle East 
Australia has had a love for the fragrant and exotic flavours derived from the Middle East. This summer, we’re moving past the regular staples of kebabs and dips and treating our palate to zestier tastes. From rose and pistachio desserts, spicy and more-ish Lebanese sausages, kibbi nayeh (lamb tartare with crushed wheat), to house-made bread sprinkled with fragrant za’atar, the new staples from Middle Eastern cuisine are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Must try: Labne dip served with fresh cucumbers and a dusting of za’atar, rose water, baked fish with tahini and pine nuts, sprigs of mint in your tabouli.

Food Trend #4: Going Green
Eating a diet full of sustainable, leafy green, produce, should always be on-trend but we’re talking about the delicious creaminess of green matcha powder.

This pea-green powder is made from crushed green tea leaves, it is fibre-rich, anti-oxidant dense, and packs a flavour punch!

This season’s must-try: Feel free to add matcha to your shakes, coffees, smoothies and ice cream for an added boost.

Food Trend #5: Eating out  
Something that will always remain a firm favourite is gathering for a meal out with your nearest and dearest. After all, summer should be all about enjoying your favourite tastes with your loved ones, and not having to do all the cleaning up afterwards!

Must try: The plethora of dining experiences at Top Ryde City.

Your new summer staples, fresh produce, and a plethora of dining experiences are waiting for you, conveniently, at Top Ryde City.

Get your fresh and seasonal summer staples here!

Succulent seafood and meats:

Tasty dine-out options:

Magic matcha:




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