Gourmet microwave meals, cocktail cupcakes and eradicating wires…they sound like the sort of thing that either plush mobile food stands would serve up or something that a dentist might own.
But apparently, these are amongst the kitchenware and home solutions trends that are gripping the nation by storm, according to Lakeland.
So if you haven’t yet got an eradicating wire lying around in your kitchen drawers, you soon will have….
The last 12 months have seen a seismic shift in the nation’s eating habits; incredibly, Lakeland has moved from selling a spiralizer every 7 minutes at the beginning of 2015, to every 2 minutes in 2016!
What was once thought to be a short-term trend has now turned into a lifestyle, with spiralizing set to stay.
And because of continued popularity, this autumn will also see the kitchenware specialist unveil its latest developments in spiralizing as part of its Davina for Lakeland range.
First to launch will be a new Hand-Held Spiralizer, which comes with a simple-to-use ratchet mechanism, making spiralizing easier than ever.
Its small footprint makes it easy-to-store, and leaving no central core, there’s no waste either.
Hot on the heels of the hand-held spiralizer, will come the newest development in worktop spiralizing.
From the same range, the Spiralizer will encompass the same innovation to create a spiralizer that’s smaller than current worktop models, easier to use, easier to store, creates zero waste and disassembles for easy cleaning.
Last year saw eating healthily become important for more Brits. However, many have been put off by the time it takes to prepare healthy and nutritious meals.
A survey of 1,000 online users at end of 2015 revealed that whilst 85% of people have a microwave in their home, 40% of those mainly used their microwave just to heat and reheat food and 23% mostly for heating ready meals.
The same survey revealed that 74% of those with a microwave weren’t aware of the nutritional benefits of cooking in this way.
Luckily, Lakeland has come to the rescue for time-deprived Brits with its new selection of specialist microwave cookware.
And did you know that microwaving is actually the perfect medium to cook without oil?
It’s especially good for steaming food and 2016 will continue to see the reinvention, or rather the rediscovery of the microwave as a way to cook healthily.
Saving Our Sins
In reaction to the trend for healthy, when we do indulge, we want to do so in a big way.
And why not? I go large on treat night once a week…we all need to be a bit naughty sometimes!
Originally born in Australia, this year has seen the Freak Shake hit the UK. What’s that?
A monster milkshake loaded with cake, cream and as many toppings as you can fit on- if you’re going to indulge, indulge to the max!
Along with the cake theme, social media is seeing a rising trend for cakes infused with alcohol.
And Lakeland has jumped on the opportunity by teaming up with Wilton to bring this US trend to the UK.
An inexpensive kit (complete with recipe ideas and including pipettes) has been launched so baking fans and cake fans can infuse their cupcake with the spirit or liqueur of their choice.
Vodka fairy cakes anyone?
The Connected Home
Being ‘connected’ is hugely important to us, and now the power of the internet is staring to shape homes and lives.
The ‘connected home’ enables household gadgets to be switched on or off at the touch of a button from a smart phoneor tablet.
I myself am a fan of this, with my most recent purchase being the nest.
This season sees Lakeland introduce Christmas lights you can control with an app on your phone (how cool?), as well as coffee machines, kettles and cooking machines that are fully controllable from devices.
Cordless gadgets are now the machine of choice and Lakeland is working in partnership with TEFAL to exclusively launch the Airforce – a cordless vacuum that has the ability to completely replace your corded vacuum.
The Airforce is exceptionally light at just 3.3Kg and is easily maneuvered, with a triangular shaped head – enabling you to really get into the corners – so great for stairs then.
It also takes advantage of the advances in battery technology to offer 25 minutes of use between charges.
Products & prices
Davina Handheld Spiralizer, £11.99
Davina Spiralizer, £29.99
Lakeland Microwave Egg Poachers, £5.99
SugarSin Prosecco Gummies, £6.49
Shot Tops Cupcake Recipe Kit, £9.99
Tefal Airforce Extreme Lithium Cordless Vacuum, £199.99