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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
National Fish and Chip Day

National Fish and Chip Day

We’re all used to fish and chip Friday but it’s even better that today is also National Fish and Chip Day.

Believe it or not, as a nation we spend £1.2bn on the battered good stuff every year, eating our way through an amazing 382 million portions!

We were intrigued by a recent survey which asked people to vote for their favourite accompaniments to fish and chips. Vinegar came top at 41%, followed by salt at 37% and mushy peas came third with 28%.

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John Connell
Development & Innovations Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
St Patrick's Day

St Patrick’s Day

I always find it funny how so many non-Irish people celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

Poor St David, St George and St Andrew don’t get a look in when it comes to St Paddy’s Day. When it comes down to it I think it’s because we all just love the idea of the ‘craic’ and an excuse to have a good drink. And, let’s face it, what’s not to like about a pint of the ‘black stuff’?

Whilst I am a New Zealander, with the name Connell I don’t think anyone would begrudge me celebrating today and I am happy to share a St Patrick’s Day recipe.

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