It’s World Chocolate Day, and while here at SK Foods we make a whole host of delicious savoury snacks, we just can’t resist a sweet treat!
Chocolate is the ultimate comfort food and the first thing we reach for when we’re stressed, when life has taken a turn for the worse and or need cheering up. There is also a claim that it’s a great aphrodisiac as it contains the same chemical that your brain creates when you’re falling in love!
Wimbledon starts on Monday.
That means, for many, it’s time to pretend they enjoy watching two people (or four if it’s doubles) hitting a ball repeatedly at each other for hours.
No doubt, the municipal tennis courts (if they are any left) around the country will also start filling up as Murray fever, and hopefully Konta fever too, hits the nation.
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.
National Picnic Week starts today and when doing our research for this blog we were surprised to discover that, for a change, picnics didn’t originate here in the UK.
The first usage of the word can be traced back to a French book in 1692 which described a group of people dining in a restaurant who brought their own wine.
These days we would call that BYO (Bring Your Own)!
We don’t often blog about drinks, given our forte is food, but we are making an exception for world gin day.
And, believe it or not, we also have a gin-based recipe, but more of that in a while.
The organisers of World Gin Day, now in its 9th year, must be rubbing their hands with glee at the massive rise in popularity of the Juniper-based spirit in recent years.
We’re all used to fish and chip Friday but it’s even better that today is also National Fish and Chip Day.
Believe it or not, as a nation we spend £1.2bn on the battered good stuff every year, eating our way through an amazing 382 million portions!
We were intrigued by a recent survey which asked people to vote for their favourite accompaniments to fish and chips. Vinegar came top at 41%, followed by salt at 37% and mushy peas came third with 28%.
When we were doing our research for this blog on British Tomato Week 2017, we were surprised to discover that four out of five tomatoes now eaten in the UK are imported.
We understand, obviously, that the Great British Weather, contributes to this, but it’s little wonder that people say tomatoes don’t taste like they used to. They are bound to lose some of their taste if they have travelled thousands of miles to get here.
It’s National Doughnut Week.
If you are a regular reader of this blog you will know we’re big fans of food ‘awareness’ weeks in the SK kitchen as it gives us chefs an excuse, not that we ever need one, to be creative.
Unlike some events that are so obviously manufactured to help big companies sell more of their products (World Nutella Day for one!), this is one we can certainly get behind.