National Picnic Month

National Picnic Month

The organisers of National Picnic Month must be rubbing their hands with glee given the amazing weather that has coincided with this month’s event.

According to the experts, the average person picnics at least three times a year in the UK, but we are assuming this figure is based on the normally poor British summers.

As we have had wall to wall sunshine for the last few months, with more to come apparently (let’s hope anyone) the averages must be up this year – we have certainly surpassed them in my household anyway.

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John Connell
Development & Innovations Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
World Gin Day

Gin

Gin. It’s everywhere now, isn’t it?

You can’t move down a high street without falling over at least one specialist gin bar and even the most modest of hostelries seems to be offering about a third of their bar space to the spirit.

Last year, just in the UK, we bought 47 million bottles. Sales have doubled in value over the last six years, reaching £1.2 BILLION for the year up to September 2017. It’s the country’s favourite spirit apparently with nearly 30% of people saying it’s their top pick.

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Oliver Parkinson
Sous 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
National Picnic Week

National Picnic Week

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)!

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Chris Brown
Sous Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
World Gin day

World Gin Day

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.

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