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.
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.
Chris Collins

SK People – Chris Collins

If there’s anything you need to know about an onion bhaji, Chris Collins is your man.

That’s because as part of his role as a Team Leader on the production line at our South Bank site, he is responsible for ensuring the bhaji lines run smoothly.

When you consider we produce 200,000 bhajis a day, you will understand why his role is so important.
He’s become so knowledgeable that if you lined up all the bhajis we do for our supermarket customers, based on the look, taste and smell, he would be able to tell you exactly which bhaji is sold in which supermarket.

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Katie Beaumont
Marketing & Communications Executive 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.
Food awareness days

Food awareness days

There are two great national food awareness days this week so we thought we would give you two for the price of one.

British Sandwich Week is running at the same time as National Vegetarian Week, which is perfect as the two go hand in hand.

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

National Doughnut Week

It’s National Doughnut Week.

If you are a regular reader of this blog you will know we’re big fans of food ‘awareness’ weeks in the SK kitchen as it gives us chefs an excuse, not that we ever need one, to be creative.

Unlike some events that are so obviously manufactured to help big companies sell more of their products (World Nutella Day for one!), this is one we can certainly get behind.

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