The benefits of entertaining are numerous; from improving your social or work network to helping you relax into a new environment.
But socializing frequently within the same or similar social set has its own problems and sometimes conversations can get a little stale. After all, there are only so many times you can talk about your career aspirations, your latest home purchase, political trends, international schooling...
So how do you invigorate your next social event?Don’t overlook an important feature of your party, the food! All too often the party appetizers are seen as a compliment to a party rather than something that can drive a conversation or the party itself. If you feel that your social group needs a new focus, then why not liven up your next event with some interesting (and in some cases a little frightening), culinary tidbits.
Are edible bugs likely to become popular at parties?
Nothing will drive a conversation more than appetizers and drinks containing edible bugs! The eating of bugs is by no means a new phenomenon. According to the United Nations, bugs form part of the daily diet for over 2 billion people worldwide.
So there must be some nutritional and taste advantages to eating them then?
Even if the idea sends shivers down your spine, in terms of a conversation starter, bug Guacamole or Cricket chips made from ground up farmed crickets is certainly a winner! Perhaps, it is just a new fad, or it could be a serious contender for helping to alleviate global food shortages. Either way, it will certainly get the conversation flowing!
If you are looking for insect recipe ideas then have a look at David George Gordon’s – The Bug Chef .
How to spice up your dip?
The dips that you dunk your insect chips into can also be livened up considerably. The new trend in Greek Yoghurt (which makes a great base for any dip), is to add savoury ingredients rather than the traditional fruity ones. Try adding walnuts, beetroot, onion and garlic and for an extra twist a few slices of Jalapeno peppers.
For some inspirational ideas then have a look at these interesting recipes.
Is Tea the new trend?
Tea used to be something that you would just drink. Well no more, a big trend in 2014 is tea no longer in a cup or mug, but now on your plate! No, this isn’t as sloppy as it sounds, but, it would not be unusual to find cupcakes enthused with tea, or lovely crispy duck or sirloin steak actually coated in black fragrant tea. In fact, it would be perfectly possible to create a whole party (from appetizers to desert), around a tea theme.
If you are feeling a little adventurous and want to get the conversations flowing then The Tea Spot has some great recipe ideas to help get your party off to a good start.
What is the trend in food likely to be in 2015?
If keeping up to date is your thing, then watch out for 2015. Tea is likely to be a popular trend for a while and bugs may become mainstream However, comfort foods, simply presented are likely to feature quite strongly. Look out for all the traditional pies and cakes, but also burgers and other 'fast food' with a more refined twist. In general it is predicted that simple traditional homemade dishes 'glamourized' will feature strongly in 2015.