I love a lot of things. I love sunsets, the people who surround me, music that surprises, lights, the scent of the season, laughing until my stomach hurts and cycling through Amsterdam and thinking: I can’t believe I live here. I love the transition a face makes when it turns into a smile, I love kindness and I love sleeping in my bed when I just cleaned the sheets. But one of my greatest loves, a love that will stay with me forever, is food.
Food can warm, food can comfort, food can make you remember and cherish. Food can create a feeling, a conversation and even turn into an awkward or sad event. It came naturally that if I should write about something, it’s that.
Recently I have noticed, and maybe you have too, that food is turning into something else. It is not just that we eat to stay alive anymore. No, it is turning into a lifestyle. A way of treating your body like a temple and make it work like a machine.
My parents used to own a French restaurant in The Hague where we came across more and more allergies and a demand for food that was super healthy. My mom decided that they would adapt and she started with creating desserts that were gluten free and lactose free, but still equally delicious.
I remember when she started and tested desserts I was obliged to taste and try everything she made, which I didn’t mind in the slightest bit. I loved, there you have that word again, to come home and smell the pastries that were in the oven.
In the end, after trying so many variations on recipes and adding a bit of this and a little bit of that, my mother created the best gluten free chocolate cake. Trust me. The restaurant ended up with a dessert that was so loved and I ended up with a fascination for food trends.
And that’s what I want to share with you: Food trends. What are they? What is it that they do exactly? Each week I will take a closer look at a certain trend and try to figure out what is so special about it. There is no escaping it. I get overwhelmed by the choices we face each day while deciding on what to eat. Do I or do I not take a bun with my hamburger? Do I or do I not choose to put chia seeds, dried coconut and oat milk with my oatmeal or do I just choose milk and oats to make it? Half of the time I catch myself staring at food in the supermarket and thinking: what in the world am I going to make today?
I try not to let trends affect the way I cook, but the truth is that it does. And it’s not that I believe that everything we are told about food is true or that I am extremely healthy. It is because it is implanted in my mind thanks to magazines, social media, food programs, celebrities, the government and books.
And also because I have more and more people in my life who are allergic to gluten or lactose or are trying to live a conscious life by only eating organic or only eat food that doesn’t have a wrapper. When they come over I want them all to eat the same thing and I want them to enjoy the same thing if that’s possible. Food should bond.
I am willing to take the plunge, to see what it really is that the stores are trying to sell us. My intention is not to change anyone’s mind or sell beliefs. I just want to know more and share my findings, as I would share my food, with you. And maybe, just maybe it will be easier to decide: “What am I going to eat today? “.