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.
Love Lamb Week

Love Lamb Week

As lovers of lamb, it came as a surprise to discover that one of the reasons for Love Lamb Week is that fewer people have been regularly eating the meat over the past 15 years.

What’s not to like?

Lamb is such a versatile dish and despite what you might think, it’s no harder to cook than chicken or pork. It’s also healthy. Grass fed lamb, for example, can in some instanced be higher in omega-3 than fish.

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John Connell
Development & Innovations Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
National Burger Day

National Burger Day

It’s National Burger Day. In the not too distant past, going out for a burger meant you were restricted to your local McDonalds or Burger King and, if you are a 40-something like many of us at SK are, you may even remember Wimpy!

Sitting down to a Big Mac, a Whopper, or a Wimpy Cheese Eggburger (yes, they existed) was a real treat if you grow up in the 1970s and 1980s, but, and be honest here, apart from the occasional visit to cure a hangover, how regularly do you frequent these establishments now?

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Chris Brown
Sous Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Fusion - Caribbean Food Week

Fusion

Fusion is an overused word in our business, especially when all it effectively means is combining different types of food.

We like to KISS here in the SK kitchen and by that we mean Keep It Simple Stupid, so fusion, along with rustic, artisan, authentic, farm to table and many, many more, incur the wrath when used in our presence.

However, when it comes to Caribbean food, we make one exception.

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Oliver Parkinson
Sous 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.
International Beer Day

International Beer Day

When we discovered today was International Beer Day, we fought each other over who should write the blog and provide a recipe.

After all, who doesn’t like beer?

Not only is it great on its own, from a chef’s point of view, it’s fantastic for using in food. Whether it’s giving some robustness to a steak pie or some tang to a cake, it’s very versatile and there is nearly always some leftover after cooking, so it’s win, win!

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Development & Innovation Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Cherries

Wonderful Cherries!

Cherries are causing quite a stir on the internet.

No one can deny cherries are tasty, sweet and good for you, but if you’re going to cook with them you have to face the issue of getting the pit (or stone) out as cleanly as possible.  Read more

Katie Beaumont
Marketing & Communications Executive of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
World Chocolate Day

World Chocolate Day

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!

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Katie Beaumont
Marketing & Communications Executive of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Wimbledon

Wimbledon – Game Set and Match Tommy

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.

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Development & Innovation 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.