National School Meals Week

National School Meals Week

When I discovered that Monday (13th November) was the start of National School Meals Week it made me chuckle.

The thought of having such a week when I was at school, which granted was a while ago, would have had everyone in hysterics.

When I was a kid, school meals were not something to look forward to. You queued up holding your plastic food tray (remember they had two compartments for your lunch and dessert) to be met by a an old battle axe of a ‘dinner lady’ who slopped mashed potato onto your ‘plate’, along with something that resembled a piece of meat and vegetables that had been cooked to within an inch of their life.

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Development & Innovation Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Halloween 2017

Halloween 2017

Halloween 2017 is approaching and we were not surprised to discover this week that the average consumer in the UK will spend £23 on Halloween-related sweets, food, decorations and costumes.

You only have to look in any supermarket to see how popular ‘All Hallows Eve’ has become in the UK in recent years.

It has always been a big thing for our American friends across the Pond and it’s a little surprising that it took us so long to catch up.

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Development & Innovation Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
National Curry Week

National Curry Week 2017

There are some food awareness days/weeks we particularly look forward to and National Curry Week is certainly one of them.

It’s not just because Asian food is one of our specialities here in the SK kitchen, although that obviously makes events like this even more interesting (we don’t get as excited for World Porridge Day for example!).

We get excited about it because curry has become such a staple in our diet. When was the last time you had a curry? I bet if we carried out a poll most people would say they have one at least once a week. It’s become as British as a roast dinner!

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

Macmillan coffee morning

Today is the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer.

It’s a great cause and one we here at SK certainly support.

There may not be anything more quintessentially British than a cup of tea, but you still can’t beat a damn fine cup of coffee (credit: Agent Cooper, Twin Peaks, 1991, not the utterly weird return in 2017!).

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Oliver Parkinson
Sous 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.
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.