Trends in the culinary world change the same way they do in the fashion world, the design world, and I’m sure in a plethora of other “worlds.”
One minute you’re in a platform shoe, and the next minute you’re shopping for flats. One minute you’re hanging out in a living room with shag carpet, and the next minute you’re thinking about dark, shiny, hardwood floors.
And in the culinary world, about a minute ago it was all about sweet and salty, and now it’s about tart, acidic and bitter — pickled foods.
While pickling used to simply provide a way to keep fresh ingredients through the winter, these days it’s sparking creativity in the kitchen in unique and exciting ways, and showing up on menus all around town. This is with good reason — pickled foods can be delicious, and are especially fantastic when paired with savory and spicy flavors. (In a couple of days these pickled tomatoes will become part of my recipe for Perfect Pulled Pork Tacos. Yum.)
P.S. Sweet and salty will forever be a delicious combination! I think new trends are fun and keep life interesting — however, wear what you like, design your house the way you like it, and by all means, always eat what you love!