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.
An alternative Christmas lunch

An alternative Christmas lunch

No doubt, even though Christmas is a still a few days away, many of you will have already sat down to eat a Christmas lunch.

Whether it was a work’s party or just a trip to the pub, you may already be sick of the sight of turkey, roast potatoes and brussel sprouts, although if you are sick of the latter, you obviously haven’t read our last two blogs!

Never fear though because John is here.

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

Sprouts

Christmas is just over a week away so we’re once again including sprouts in our recipe.

This one uses these little small green gems (we will wear you down until you love them as much as we do) in an Asian style salad served with pork belly.

It is an ideal dish to make after Christmas when, no doubt, you are tired of turkey and party food, et al.

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

Are sprouts 2017’s must have vegetable?

Sprouts have traditionally been the most controversial element of Christmas dinner, but I am pleased to see that they are finally shaking off their totally undeserved reputation.

Not only is one supermarket selling a festive wreath adorned with real sprouts, yes you heard me correctly, stores are also reporting a boom in the sale of specially designed sprout corers which remove stems, ensuring the vegetables are cooked more evenly.

One expert has described sprouts as being like marmite, because you either love them or hate them. I agree that is true to an extent, but I think the ‘haters’ are coming at this from an historical perspective.

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Chris Brown
Sous Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
St Andrew's Day

St Andrew’s Day

As were are creatures of habit (with a little bit of OCD thrown in) we like to blog on Fridays, so this comes 24 hours after St Andrew’s Day, but I am sure when you see the recipe you will forgive us.

Scottish food often comes in for a bit of stick, mainly because if conjures up an image of a deep fried Mars bar, even though in reality this was only ever a novelty item. Put it this way, I have had lots of takeaway ‘suppers’ (as they referred to north of the border) in Scotland and never once have seen a Mars bar on the menu.

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

A Game Changer

Us chefs love cooking game so I was delighted when I read about the success of the ‘Game Changer’ project, which is being promoted as part of Great British Game Week.

This is an initiative, by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, to teach 60,000 students to cook game by 2020.

It starts with teachers being shown how to prepare and cook two simple pheasant recipes using skills set out in a new GCSE in food preparation and nutrition. The teachers are then introducing pheasant (and other game as the scheme progresses) into their lessons.

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