‘Tis The Season for Bone Broth Soup

Bone Broth (photo by Kui-Doraku)
Bone Broth Soup (photo by Kui-Doraku)

I’ve never been a fan of organ meat, bone marrow or oxtail soup, but it seems like ’tis the season for bone broth soup. Bone broth soups are known to be nutritious and aren’t new. For example, Hakata Tonton in NYC’s West Village, has been serving ‘collagen cuisine’ with dishes based on pig’s feet since 2010. However, thanks to the popularity of nose-to-tail cooking, bone broth soups are hot now.

Enter Brodo from NYC’s Hearth restaurant; it’s a take-out window focused on sippable bone broths. Bone Deep & Harmony is another new player, which is subscription based. Similar to other subscription services, customers can purchase monthly, seasonal, or annual subscriptions for their soup.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that ‘Locally sourced meats and seafood’ and ‘New cuts of meat’ are two of the ‘Top 20 Food Trends’ from the National Restaurant Association’s “What’s Hot in 2015” Culinary Forecast. Additionally, ‘Artisan butchery’ appeared as #23 on the ‘new top trends in 2015’ list. Get your spoons ready, I’m pretty sure we’ll be seeing more bone broth soups this winter.

Red Maca the “It” Superfood

Red Maca Roots (photo by The Maca Team)
Red Maca Roots (photo by The Maca Team)

Red Maca is a Peruvian root known for its health properties and it’s the “it” superfood emerging. Yellow/Cream Maca and Black Maca are also other varieties of the root.  All are used in food and medicine and are said to help enhance strength, endurance, and fertility. According to WebMD, it has an odor similar to butterscotch.  Until recently it was most commonly used in health supplements, but now maca is popping up in natural and raw foods.

Navitas Naturals offers Maca Maple Cashews, which are made with maca powder, raw cashews and maple syrup while Maca Chocolate by Vega combines “4,000 mg of organic gelatinized maca with 70% cocoa dark chocolate.” Cinnamon Red Maca Almond Butter by Jem Sprouted Nut Spreads is a unique application; it’s artisanal nut butter.

Better get your hands on some maca soon because there’s a global shortage due to Chinese buyers.