Lakeland highlights two big housewares trends in its newly launched ‘Kitchen and Around The Home – Autumn 2017’ catalogue:
The 68-strong specialist chain notes that ‘shimmering, glittery and rainbow-coloured unicorn cakes are one of the coolest – and definitely the most enchanting – baking trends this year’.
The retailer has devoted a page of the catalogue to related equipment and included a guide to creating the unicorn cake pictured, which requires a Hemisphere Cake Pan to achieve its spherical-shaped head. The anodised aluminium pans are oven-safe up to 230 deg c and come in three sizes: small (£2.99), medium (£6.99) and large (£12.59).
The other trend is fermentation, which is described by Lakeland as the next big thing in preserving. The company says: ‘Great-tasting and really good for your gut, fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi are packed with probiotic goodness and flavour.
“Fermented food is popping up on menus everywhere, with even René Redzepi [Danish chef and co-owner of the two-Michelin star restaurant Noma in Copenhagen, frequently voted the best restaurant in the world] saying that fermented foods are set to ‘become a huge factor in cooking’.
But, Lakeland continues: ‘You don’t need to be a Michelin-starred chef to start making fermented foods at home. If you’ve perfected pickling and mastered jam-making and are ready for a new challenge – or even if you’ve never preserved anything before – fermenting is an excellent easy way to use up fresh vegetables and create a wide range of condiments and accompaniments to a host of dishes. Plus, you’ll reduce your food waste as fermented food lasts for ages, so it’ll save you money as well.’
New and exclusive to Lakeland is a range of Fermentation Jars in 1 litre (£6.99), 1.4 litre (£7.99) and 1.8 litre (£9.99) sizes that have a one-way valve in their airtight lids. This allows built-up gas from the fermenting process to escape automatically when needed, allowing the contents to ferment with no other equipment required. The jars are wide-mouthed with an airtight silicone seal.
Lakeland’s Hemisphere Cake Pans were used to create this unicorn cake