Everything Is PurpleThe colour of the year is found in purple cauliflower, black rice, purple asparagus, elderberries, acai, purple sweet potatoes, purple corn and cereal. Keep cooking times short (or shock vegetables in cold water after blanching) to ensure a vibrant colour. Drone DeliveriesWill 2017 be the year you get your takeaway delivered to your door by an unmanned aerial vehicle? We have heard whispers of pilot (pun intended) programs happening in the US and New Zealand, so the Back-To-The-Future style visions you're having right now might not be that far off. While there are still some regulations that need ironing out before this happens, it looks like tech giants Amazon and Google are well on their way to mass-marketing this type of service. Yolk PornRecent research shows that less than half of Australians buy caged eggs - go us! It's the yolk that is really in the spotlight at the moment though - and it's gone beyond the breakfast place. Expect to see more of this (with pleasure): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxehnsleUS0 Kale To Go Green With EnvyKale is no longer the hip superfood it once was, and is rapidly on the decline as the hallmark food for veganism. Chefs are now moving to other greens that are high in nutrients but bold in flavour, with dandelion greens, Swiss chard, carrot tops, and several others becoming the vegetables of choice in a restaurant. Our choice for vegetables is diversifying in a big way, and one of the trademarks of the vegan movement is paying the price. Here are some laughs about Kale: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcI7jgkwdCM Food Waste Comes To The TableAccording to the United Nations, one third of all food meant to be eaten gets thrown out every year. Exciting waste saving initiatives are growing in popularity though, like "leftovers supermarkets" in Copenhagen where you can buy produce that restaurants didn't get to use, and leftover focused cafes in London and New York. At the centre of food waste in Australia (and most countries) is consumer waste. While there are simple ways to reduce waste, like using every part of the produce you buy (bones for stock, ends of veggies for broth and compost food), there are many ways to reduce your food waste footprint in 2017. Here are our tips. Smart Kitchen TechTechnology makes our lives easier - and kitchen technology is getting SUPER COOL right now. Like Click & Grow, an indoor herb garden that self waters so you can enjoy the fruits of its labour without any heartache! Sadly, it's not able to be shipped here from the US because of our strict customs laws. We're waiting for someone to make it here though! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fQKQZ9-9Mc Plant Proteins Go MainstreamMeat alternatives are going to be big this year. We've already introduced some into our menus every once in a while for you to try, but you'll see it popping up in restaurants and in the protein section of the supermarket more and more. Think vegan ribs from Suzy Spoon's Vegetarian Butcher, really believable (i.e. delicious) "chicken" in curries, and a whole heap in between. Our advice? Go with it - it usually tastes better than you expect, and it's good for the earth too!