National Tea Day

National Tea Day

It was National Tea Day at the weekend and there was a lot of discussion about how to make the perfect brew.

We’re all about the food here at SK, but let’s set the record straight before we go anywhere else.

The perfect cup of tea involves letting the tea bag(s) or leaves stew for at least ten minutes, then serving black. Forget the milk; what’s the point in diluting perfection after all? We’re divided here in the kitchen on whether to add sugar, but personally I thing strong black tea deserves a spoonful or three!

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Oliver Parkinson
Sous Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Coffee

Wake up and smell the coffee

Wake up and smell the coffee.

How many times do you see on social media or hear someone say: “I’ll be fine once I’ve had my coffee….”? Plenty, that’s how many.

Coffee is something of an obsession with us Brits and we don’t seem to mind shelling out for it in any number of variations. Ten years ago, there were around 10,000 places to get a cup of Joe in the UK. Since then there’s been staggering growth in the market.

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John Connell
Development & Innovations Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Doughnut

Doughnut

Could a doughnut be any more perfect?

It’s portable and easy to eat on the go. It’s delicious, obviously. And it’s just got a little bit better too…the humble doughnut is not so humble any more. It’s bright pink and favoured by one of the world’s favourite fathers. Homer Simpson….

That’s right, Krispy Kreme (who know a thing or two about doughnuts, it’s fair to say) have just launched an homage to Homer. The Simpsons D’ohnut has arrived. It’s resplendently pink and covered in sprinkles, just like the ones Homer so enjoys. It’s an Original Glazed, but dipped in white chocolate truffle and with a hint of strawberry flavour. How good does that sound?

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Chris Brown
Sous Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Easter

Easter

With Easter coming up, we thought long and hard this week for another subject to write about for the blog…we really did.

Alternative Easter feasts, creative ways with lamb, etc….we thought about them all, honest!

But we kept getting distracted by chocolate eggs. The wanting to eat them now is weighing heavily on our minds (and will no doubt weight heavily on our hips later in April) and we just…can’t….turn….away.

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Chris Brown
Sous Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
apocalypse food

Apocalypse food

News is out that Costco are selling an apocalypse food kit which it promises will keep you and your family fed for a year should disaster strike – when presumably it will be safe to venture out of your shed or whatever you’ve been using as a bunker.

Now, here at SK Chilled Foods, we wouldn’t call ourselves “Preppers” (the nickname given to those who are REALLY prepared for any impending doom), but the kit does sound like a good idea and not just for those who are getting ready for a catastrophic event.

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Development & Innovation Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Spam Appreciation Week

Spam Appreciation Week

It’s Spam Appreciation Week. Yes, it actually exists!

In the days before Spam was a term for annoying emails, it was more synonymous as a brand name for canned cooked meat.

Keeping the troops marching through the Second World War, Spam (or to give its correct styling, SPAM), was a name everyone knew.

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Chris Brown
Sous 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.
Patricia

The Patricia

A friend of mine, Nick Grieves, runs The Patricia, a small 25-seat restaurant located off the beaten track in Jesmond, Newcastle.

During the recent Newcastle Restaurant Week, I took Chef Sean, and our partners, to eat there.

The space is dark with low lighting, lots of candles and very atmospheric. A quiet spot where the food shines through.

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John Connell
Development & Innovations Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Burns Night

Burns Night

Next Thursday, Scotland will celebrate Burns Night and a large proportion of the population will sit down to a Burns Night supper to celebrate the birth of the country’s favourite poet, Robert (Rabbie) Burns.

Given our propensity to piggyback on other country’s celebrations (I give you St Patrick’s Day as the perfect example) no doubt many people in other parts of the UK will also take part.

But that’s no bad thing given it gives us the opportunity to sample some of Scotland’s finest food, and yes, we are including haggis in that.

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Chris Brown
Sous 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.