Inspiration for your food production business comes when you take multiple ideas that you’ve gathered from various sources and put them together to create something that is uniquely your own. It could be as simple as adding mint chocolate chips to your traditional family cookie recipe, or as complicated as taking various elements from different recipes and combining them (think Grandma’s cheesecake combined with Aunt Jane’s gluten free crust and cousin Bob’s organic ginger sauce on top, drizzled with your favourite dark chocolate).
Looking for product development inspiration this holiday season? Here are some recipes to help you come up with your own holiday products from 3 Canadian food bloggers:
Cranberries: Tart Contrast to Traditional Holiday Recipes
To really wow your customers, you need to create a masterpiece that enchants both the eyes and taste buds. This Stella di Pandoro with Chantilly custard cream and cranberries by SugarLoveSpices is one such double delight.
Cranberry is not just a fabulous topping. Experiment with it to add interest to your preserves and sauces. Plus, don’t forget to add cranberries to your salad dressing — you can mix cranberries with tart lemon, sweet orange, or spicy nutmeg. Explore the food production possibilities.
Yams: Not Your Sweet Potato Casserole
First, let’s clarify that yams and sweet potatoes are actually two different plants. According to the food and recipe website, Epicurious,“The sweet potato is in the morning glory family, while yams are related to palms and grasses.” The root vegetable that we call yams in North America (with orange flesh), are not actually yams but a different variety of sweet potatoes. Yams have a very different taste. For an eye-popping dessert with a unique taste, check out the Ube Cake (Filipino Purple Yam Cake) by The Unlikely Baker.
Versatile yams can be added to products to create holiday recipes like ice cream, jam, and preserves. Try these flavours that pair well with yams: salt, rosemary, chilli pepper, butter and brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, and cumin. Imagine showing up at the next farmer’s market with your new creation!
Figs: A Sweet That Pairs Well With Savoury
Figs are flowers! Yep. “Although considered a fruit, the fig is actually a flower inverted into itself,” according to Petal Talk. For a great seasonal appetizer that’s simple to make, but tastes amazing, impress your customers by using figs, like in this Fig & Walnut Crostini by Everyday On Occasion.
Figs make a great preserve. You can find lots of easy food production recipes online that you can customize to create a new flavour for your brand. Try pairing figs with honey, cinnamon, cardamom, rosemary, thyme, or oranges.
Get Started with Your Great New Holiday Recipe Ideas
Now that you’ve got your culinary creativity flowing, check out how to avoid the Top 3 Roadblocks to Expanding Your Small Farming & Food Processing Business, then get started at OAFVC. We’ll help you try things out to figure out what works best for you.