Waffle Day

Waffle Day

Do you know that Waffle Day is approaching?

When you think of waffles, what country springs to mind? The USA, Belgium?

Both countries are, of course, renowned for their waffles and in Belgium’s case, it’s in the name!

But, we actually have Sweden to thank for giving us waffle day. There it is known as ‘Vaffeldagen’. This is because it sounds similar to ‘Varfrudagen’, meaning ‘Our Lady’s Day’ or the Feast of the Annunciation which takes place on the 25th March to mark the beginning of spring.

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

Pancake Day

With Pancake Day upon us, we wonder how many people will actually make their own pancakes on Shrove Tuesday?

The reason we ask is there are now so many pre-prepared versions, whether it is those where the mix is already made for you or where it’s just a case of putting the pancake in the oven or microwave and eating immediately.

We understand that in this busy world of ours that many people will now opt for these versions, but, and you would expect us to say this of course, there’s nothing better than making them from scratch.

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Chris Brown
Sous Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Real Bread Week

Real Bread Week

At the start of Real Bread Week, let’s begin with a question.

True or false. The smell of freshly baked bread can help to sell a house?

Well, according to a recent survey, the answer is true.

In that survey, 86% of people said the smell of a house could be the difference between putting in an offer or not, with bread (35%) being the smell most likely to seal the deal.

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Chris Brown
Sous Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year 2019

Chinese New Year is upon us again and chances are that if you are in any of the main UK supermarkets this weekend looking to stock up in time for 5th February (the official start of the year of the pig), you will be buying food made by our own fair hands.

Preparation for the 2019 Chinese New Year actually began in the development kitchen over a year ago and we’re already planning, believe it or not, for 2020. A year’s a long time in new product development!
But, back to this year.

Apparently, if you were born in 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2017 and 2019 (all years of the pig) you are in for an unlucky 12 months, but on that basis, let’s not put our fate in the hands of the zodiac and just concentrate on the food shall we?

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Chris Brown
Sous Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Peanut butter

Peanut butter

Do you know that peanut butter has overtaken jam as Britain’s favourite breakfast spread?

This is very apt given today (24th Jan) is National Peanut Butter Day.

Granted, it’s an American event, which is not surprising given our cousins across the Pond eat 3 pounds of peanut butter per person every year. That’s about 700 million pounds, or enough to coat the floor of the Grand Canyon!

But, it’s just as much flavour of the month in the UK.

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

St Andrew’s Day

Today is St Andrew’s Day, the celebration of Scotland’s patron saint.

It’s a bank holiday in Scotland (why don’t we get one for St George’s Day?) and the fact it falls on a Friday this year must be manna from heaven for our friends north of the border, not that they need an excuse for a ‘wee swally’!

It’s also a great time to celebrate everything that is great about Scottish food, and no we are not talking about a fried Mars bar!

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Chris Brown
Sous Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
British Roast Dinner Week

British Roast Dinner Week

Ahh, is there anything more quintessentially British than the roast dinner? That’s why we were delighted when we discovered this week was British Roast Dinner Week.

The week is intended as competition for pubs and hotels to see who does the best roast. Now that will be a hard one to judge but if they want an independent adjudicator we are happy to throw our chef’s hats in the ring!

Hopefully the real judges will steer clear of the establishments who do carvery. Don’t get us wrong, there are some good ones out there, but in our experience, they tend to be a lot more miss than hit.

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Chris Brown
Sous Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
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Fine dining

Before we became development chefs, our lives were spent in kitchens in restaurants/gastropubs across the UK, so fine dining is in our DNA.

These include Michelin-starred establishments and, in the case of Chef Oliver, Buckingham Palace and Windsor – not that he frequently reminds us that he used to cook for the Queen of course!

So, we relish the occasions when a VIP visits the SK head office in the North East and we are asked to prepare a creative menu.

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Chris Brown
Sous Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
International Beer Day

International Beer Day

Put out the bunting, it’s International Beer Day on Sunday (5th August).

Do you know that in 2011 an American journalist decided to abstain from solid food for Lent and drank nothing but beer and water for 46 days? He wanted to see if he could emulate German monks of the 16th century who supposedly lived solely on doppelbock beer—”liquid bread”—during Lent.

He drank four beers a day and needless to say lost weight, but before you all take up the same ‘diet’, once he went through all of his fat, his body began consuming its own muscle to get protein and as a result he got back pain because his kidneys became clogged up, so not something to try at home kids!

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Chris Brown
Sous Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Taste of London

Taste of London

Taste of London is an event held twice a year, in London, and is widely regarded to be the food festival of choice for foodies offering an insight into some of the capital’s most popular restaurants.

Needless to say, for us, it was an event not to be missed!

This year’s event was held in Regent’s Park where some of the well-known restaurants from across the city had set up their stall. Bao, Bubbledogs, Cinnamon Bazaar, Freak Scene and Bombay Bustle were all amongst the offerings this year.

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