Be frugal

Be frugal

Interest rates have increased for the first time in what feels like forever (it’s actually since March 2009), and while it is in itself only a small change, it can have a big impact on a family’s budget so perhaps it’s time to be frugal.

Eating out has become one of the nation’s favourite ways to spend leisure time, as has cooking more elaborately at home. There’s no doubt that food is very important to us……

One of the largest portions (if you’ll forgive the pun) of an average family’s monthly out-goings is on food, whether that be in a supermarket for the weekly shop or as a leisure purchase in a restaurant. It’s third only to housing and transport in terms of costs.

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Jane Beesley
Development & Innovations Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
World Cup

World Cup

So, the World Cup is underway and England kick off their campaign tonight against Tunisia.

There then follows games against Panama before the final group match against Belgium.

No doubt, if England manage three wins, the national expectation will skyrocket (again) and this will definitely be the year right?

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Jane Beesley
Development & Innovations Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Barbecue

Barbecue

Ok, hands up, who had a barbecue over the Bank Holiday weekend?

Is there an actual law that says you have to have barbecue over a three-day weekend. Well, it seemed rude not to, especially when the weather was so good.

As we wipe the last remnants of ketchup from our chins following the last long weekend until August (Noooooooo!) we should pause to appreciate the mighty beast that is BBQ.

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Jane Beesley
Development & Innovations Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Tour de Yorkshire

Tour de Yorkshire

The Tour de Yorkshire starts later this week and as it’s just down the road (pardon the pun) from us, needless to say we’re very excited.

It’s fantastic that this has now become an official event on the UCI Europe Tour following the success of the Tour de France, which passed by our neck of the woods in 2014.

As always, we’re interested in the food and in this case what pro cyclists eat to maintain their incredible fitness levels.

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Jane Beesley
Development & Innovations Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

It may only be the start of the 2018 Chinese New Year (the year of the dog) but here in the SK development kitchen, we’re already planning for 2019 – the year of the pig.

You will be very pleased to know that we are skipping ahead this year and providing a pork-based recipe.
Dog may be a delicacy in some parts of the world but can you imagine the uproar if you went to your local supermarket and saw Labrador chops or Daschund fillet!

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Jane Beesley
Development & Innovations Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Veganuary

Veganuary

The organisers of Veganuary were very clever when they set up this awareness month a few years ago.

Granted, the only other option, if it was about fitting in with the name of the month, was to have it in February (Veganuly just doesn’t right does it?) but January really is the perfect time.

After all, with the excess of the Christmas season (and let’s face it this is getting longer each year) people are ready to do something different, hence why Dry January has become so popular, although you will not find this chef taking part as this month is miserable enough without alcohol to get you through it!

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Jane Beesley
Development & Innovations Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
National Rice Week

National Rice Week

It’s National Rice Week and it’s fair to say, given we specialise in Asian food, that were are all over it!

Incredibly, rice is the mainstay of food for over half the world’s population and has become much more than just an accompaniment in a dish.

It’s very versatile and can be used to make great starters, main and desserts (rice pudding anyone?). What other ingredient can do that?

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Jane Beesley
Development & Innovations Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Afternoon tea

Afternoon tea

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”

When an author of Henry James’ stature says that, it would be foolish to disagree, so when we discovered the date of this year’s annual afternoon tea, we couldn’t wait to start cooking.

But before you get the recipes (yes, we are spoiling you with three this time!), let’s start with a bit of history (hey, at least it shows the research we put into out blogs!).

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Jane Beesley
Development & Innovations Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Glastonbury

Glastonbury – have frying pan, will travel

Glastonbury is underway, so after the recent hot spell that pretty much guarantees that the 100,000-plus people who attend the festival will find themselves drenched and bogged down in mud by the end of it.

It’s hard to believe that the first festival took place in 1970 with just one act, T-Rex, who actually replaced The Kinks at the last minute. There were 1,500 tickets sold for that festival.

This weekend, around 135,000 people will watch the likes of Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry and Kris Kristofferson (yes, there is something for all ages!), so it’s certainly changed a great deal in the last 47 years.

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Jane Beesley
Development & Innovations Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

If you like Star Wars, yesterday would have been your day (May the 4th Be with you), but whilst we are big fans of the movies (apart from Phantom Menace of course!) we prefer to celebrate Cinco de May0. (5th of May).

That’s because Mexican food is one of the staples in the SK kitchen.

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Jane Beesley
Development & Innovations Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.