National Hot Dog Month

National Hot Dog Month

July is National Hot Dog Month, and whilst you might think this meaty snack is quintessential America, it was actually invented in Europe.

There are conflicting claims to the exact origins of the popular cinema snack – one story claims two Austro-Hungarian immigrants, Emil Reichel and Sam Ladany, brought the hot dog with them from Europe to Chicago.

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

Brazil

With Germany out of the World Cup, it seems the path has been cleared for Brazil, now the tournament favourites, to lift the trophy.

We love Brazil, but not only because of Neymar and Co, we must admit. It’s not its beaches, although they’re undoubtedly beautiful. It’s not the great cities like Rio and Sao Paulo. It’s not even because of the bright, sunny yellow football strip we are expecting to see so much more of as the World Cup progresses….we love Brazil because of, you guessed it, the food!

So, do you know your acarajé from your açaí? There’s so many great Brazilian treats to try….

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Oliver Parkinson
Sous Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
World Cup

World Cup

So, the World Cup is underway and England kick off their campaign tonight against Tunisia.

There then follows games against Panama before the final group match against Belgium.

No doubt, if England manage three wins, the national expectation will skyrocket (again) and this will definitely be the year right?

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Jane Beesley
Development & Innovations Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Korean food

Korean food

Food, it is often said, brings people together. It can help bridge cultural gaps, it is celebratory, and there’s nothing more ‘in’ at the moment than Korean food.

So, to mark the meeting between US President Donald J Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un this week we decided to look at what might be on the menu.

Although the meeting is being held in Singapore, we’d like to think there’ll be a range of Korean options on offer too. Not that Singapore’s cuisine is limited. Malaysian cuisine is vast, varied and delicious! There’s Laksa, there’s Satay, there’s Beef Rendang, Nasi Goreng….the list goes on and on.

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Development & Innovation 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.
Hamburger Month

Hamburger Month

May is Hamburger Month. That sounds good to us! We love a burger here – it’s like the little black dress of food – you can accessorise it in so many different ways.

From humble beginnings of a simple ground beef patty, perhaps with just a touch of ketchup and in a toasted bun, the burger has come a long way. It’s constantly evolving and it seems, as a nation, we can’t get enough of them.

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John Connell
Development & Innovations Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
International No Diet Day

International No Diet Day

International No Diet Day and Eat What You Want Day – now they are two awareness days we can definitely get on-board with!

Ok, the weather is getting better and as a result legs and torsos are being exposed to the world left, right and centre, after a long winter of comfort eating and hibernation. Not all of us like what has been hiding under that woolly jumper….our first instinct is to panic. And then renew the gym membership.

But should it really should be a time for thinking about our “beach bodies”, stocking up on salad leaves and dusting off the trainers? Some advertisers would have us think so, urging us to get “bikini-ready” and various diet gurus already proclaiming only their diet can have you ready for summer.

Well, thankfully, not everyone agrees.

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

Leftovers

Cooking with leftovers has been becoming a bit of a “thing” for a while now.

As we become more conscious of food waste, with tightening budgets and get more creative with our cooking, we seem less inclined to throw food away.

For many series now, Masterchef contestants have been tasked with creating culinary greatness from ingredients such as the carcass of a cod, veg peelings, left-over carbohydrate and whatever else may elevate it from bin-fodder to prize-worthy food.

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Chris Brown
Sous Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
National Tea Day

National Tea Day

It was National Tea Day at the weekend and there was a lot of discussion about how to make the perfect brew.

We’re all about the food here at SK, but let’s set the record straight before we go anywhere else.

The perfect cup of tea involves letting the tea bag(s) or leaves stew for at least ten minutes, then serving black. Forget the milk; what’s the point in diluting perfection after all? We’re divided here in the kitchen on whether to add sugar, but personally I thing strong black tea deserves a spoonful or three!

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Oliver Parkinson
Sous Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Coffee

Wake up and smell the coffee

Wake up and smell the coffee.

How many times do you see on social media or hear someone say: “I’ll be fine once I’ve had my coffee….”? Plenty, that’s how many.

Coffee is something of an obsession with us Brits and we don’t seem to mind shelling out for it in any number of variations. Ten years ago, there were around 10,000 places to get a cup of Joe in the UK. Since then there’s been staggering growth in the market.

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