August 15th, 2019   |  
Author: John Connell   |  
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When fast-food chains like Burger King begin making plant-based burgers you know that the vegan/vegetarian craze is, well, no longer a craze! This week Burger King announced the roll-out of its Impossible Whopper across all of its outlets in the USA, with its UK introduction now expected to follow shortly. It features a savoury flame-grilled […]

August 9th, 2019   |  
Author: John Connell   |  
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There are few things more quintessentially British than afternoon tea, so when we decided to do a blog to mark afternoon tea week it made perfect sense to choose a New Zealander to do it. To be fair, I have lived in the UK for a while now and have had my fair share of […]

March 14th, 2019   |  
Author: John Connell   |  
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So, who has given up something for Lent? In the days before Veganuary, Dry January, Stoptober etc, the only time of the year when people tended to forgo nice things was Lent. Of course, this six-and-a-half week period before Easter was originally a Christian tradition involving fasting. But like many things it has become commercialised […]

February 8th, 2019   |  
Author: John Connell   |  
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It was world Nutella day earlier this week. The internet was awash with stories and recipes about this chocolate spread. Created by an Italian baker in the 1940s and now an international phenomenon. Our favourite story was about a member of the Royal family. They are rumoured to use Nutella as a face cream! There’s […]

December 14th, 2018   |  
Author: John Connell   |  
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Are you getting ready to consume your own weight in party food over the festive season? It’s the one time of the year where the diet really does go out the window so having studied and tasted (it’s a hard job etc..) the party food ranges of the main UK supermarkets over the last few […]

October 24th, 2018   |  
Author: John Connell   |  
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It’s national curry week, which has always had a place in our hearts here in the SK kitchen, after all it is our bread and butter (or should that be naan?) To mark the week, supermarket Morrisons recently launched a new eight chilli-rated curry dubbed the Flaming Fiery Phaal. This was after complaints that their […]

August 13th, 2018   |  
Author: John Connell   |  
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One of the SK chefs’ favourite TV programmes – Great British Menu – returns to our screens this week and this year it is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the NHS. We are looking forward to seeing what the professional chefs come up with as they attempt to win a place at the banquet, but […]

July 16th, 2018   |  
Author: John Connell   |  
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The 2018 World Cup final was a real David and Goliath match (with Goliath prevailing this time) and this is also reflected in the kitchen, but when it comes to culinary traditions, the two sides have more in common than you may at first think. Croatia, with a population of just 4 million was in […]

July 8th, 2018   |  
Author: John Connell   |  
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In the UK we love the humble pea – whether it’s mushy, garden, petit pois, sugarsnap, frozen, fresh or marrowfat we can’t get enough of them, eating on average 9,000 peas a year each, so it’s not surprising that we are celebrating Great British Pea Week. We don’t just like eating peas, we love growing them […]

June 11th, 2018   |  
Author: John Connell   |  
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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 […]