September 30th, 2021   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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There’s no doubt that plant-based diets are on the rise and with 1st October marking World Vegetarian Day, it seems there’s a variety to suit every taste. Broadly speaking, vegetarianism is an abstinence from meat and by-products of animal slaughter. Veganism extends this to all animal products including eggs and dairy. In between there are […]

August 12th, 2021   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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As the final rays of the sun slowly faded and I stood there on my patch of soil, I took a moment to reflect on the significance of the freshly harvested, somewhat misshapen, home grown potato in my hand. For me it was the culmination of that eureka moment 10,000 years ago when mankind first […]

July 16th, 2021   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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As Freedom Day dawns and lockdown restrictions are eased we can (look forward to getting back to normal and enjoying the pleasures of life we have been denied for the past 15 months, hopefully anyway. We say hopefully because ‘Independence Day’ in 2020 didn’t end up the way we all hoped, but there is genuinely […]

May 27th, 2021   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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Everyone loves a great origin story. One such story concerns the humble hamburger. For over a century the origins of the hamburger have been disputed more hotly than a flame grill barbeque but one thing seems clear – the name has nothing to do with the ingredients. Nowhere has it ever been suggested that ham, […]

May 20th, 2021   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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Considering it’s a superfood, the mighty tomato has had a pretty lousy press over the centuries. Up until 200 years ago it was wrongly regarded as poisonous by some because it is part of the nightshade family. And for centuries it’s been a go to weapon for anyone wishing to voice their displeasure at artistic […]

July 24th, 2020   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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So, after much confusion, the Government finally revealed this week that it will be compulsory for people to wear masks when buying takeaway food and drink from cafes or restaurants in England. Given today (24th July) is the day when masks need to be worn in all shops and supermarkets, it’s fair to say they […]

June 26th, 2020   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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For the last blog in our picnic-themed month, how better to end with a good old-fashioned English Cream Tea? It’s almost like when we were putting together our monthly themes in January (2020 looked so promising back then!), we knew that Friday 26th June was National Cream Tea Day! We didn’t by the way, but […]

June 4th, 2020   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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When the four SK chefs got together earlier in the year to plan our blogs for 2020, it’s fair to say the world was a very different place. You could still pop to the pub, eat a meal in a restaurant, watch a football game, take in the latest movie at the cinema, take your […]

May 7th, 2020   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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We couldn’t post a blog on the 75th anniversary of VE Day without acknowledging the importance of the day. Pre-Coronavirus (do you remember life before Covid-19?) there were big plans to celebrate over the bank holiday weekend, but unfortunately the lock-down has put paid to this. However, we’ve always been a resourceful nation, the way […]

April 16th, 2020   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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It is National Tea Day next week (21st) an event, according to the organisers, aimed at reigniting our love for tea. In Britain we drink 165 million cups of tea each day (that’s enough to fill 20 Olympic swimming pools), so you may well ask why there’s a need to reignite anything when it’s already […]