National Tea Day

National Tea Day

On National Tea Day, we have one burning question to ask, how do you make the perfect cuppa?

This age-old debate has divided people for centuries.

Should you have it black or white?

If you like it with milk, how much do you use?

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

Plant Power Day

There are some strange food awareness days, National Tartar Sauce Day and National Melba Toast Day to name just a few hundred, but one day which deserves to be recognised is Plant Power Day.

Not so long ago, you would have recoiled at the thought of a day which is about eating plants, I mean what’s nice about digesting a conifer?

We are obviously now much better educated and of course we are talking about a vegan diet that focuses around foods derived from plant sources. This can include fruit, vegetables, grains, pulses, legumes, nuts and meat substitutes such as soy products.

The rise in meat-free plant-based diets is incredible.

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

Christmas Day

Where you do stand on the debate of whether to eat out, or at home on Christmas Day?

We ask the question because research out this week shows that restaurant bookings on Christmas Day have risen by 240 per cent in the last five years.

Between 2016 and 2017, reservations jumped by 14 per cent, and they are expected to increase again next week.

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

Thanksgiving

With everything else we have embraced from our American cousins across the Pond, it’s a little surprising that we haven’t also ‘stolen’ Thanksgiving.

Think of Halloween (let’s be honest it’s only fairly recently that we have started making it a ‘thing’ in the UK), fast food (American favourites like Dennys, Five Guys, Shake Shack and Taco Bell have all started springing up on our island in recent years) and Black Friday (which is linked to Thanksgiving anyway!).

And given we already piggy-bag on the celebrations of other countries, St Patrick’s Day and Burn’s Night to name just two, why haven’t we jumped on the Thanksgiving bandwagon, especially when it celebrates English Pilgrims arriving in the USA?

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

Halloween

According to research, half the UK population will spend money celebrating Halloween today.

That amounts to £419 million. Crazy or what?

It has now become one of the biggest festivals of the UK calendar, eclipsing Bonfire Night which given its history is astonishing

Not surprisingly, the food industry has also cottoned on that All Hallows Eve is now a big money spinner.

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

World Porridge Day

Today is World Porridge Day.

Yes, you heard us correctly, there’s a day devoted to this popular breakfast staple made with oats – and why not we say?

There is actually a serious side to the day, so before we get to the lighter stuff, let’s thank Mary’s Meals, the Scottish charity behind World Porridge Day. They feed more than 1.3 million of the world’s poorest children and conceived World Porridge Day as a way of raising funds and awareness, so well done guys.

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

Technology

We love technology here in the SK kitchen; so we were intrigued to read this week about a new app that has been launched which may put an end to the saying ‘there’s nothing to eat in this house”.

PixFood does exactly what it says on the tin, if you pardon the pun.

Using the app on your smartphone you take pictures of food/ingredients you have in your fridge, freezer or cupboard and you are then given tailored recipes based on what’s available.

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