March 13th, 2020   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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Do you know why spring rolls are called spring rolls? Yes, you guessed it, it’s because they were a seasonal food consumed during …….drum roll…… the spring. Originating in Asia, they started as a pancake filled with the new season’s spring vegetables, a welcome change from the preserved foods of the long winter months. The […]

March 6th, 2020   |  
Author: Chris Brown   |  
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With all the recent rain and generally grim weather, it may not seem that spring is upon us, but it officially starts in just two weeks – 20th March in fact. Aside from the lighter nights and hopefully a little bit warmer weather (or although you never know with this county) that can mean one […]

February 20th, 2020   |  
Author: Jane Beesley   |  
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Did you know that the first recorded Chinese restaurant in Britain opened in 1907? Yes, that surprised us too! Unfortunately, there’s no record of what was on the menu at the appropriately named ‘The Chinese Restaurant’ in London’s Piccadilly Circus, but we suspect the food was very different from what is served in your average […]

February 14th, 2020   |  
Author: Chris Brown   |  
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Ok, hands up, who knows how to cook rice properly? Whether it’s the burnt layer stuck to the bottom of a pan which takes forever to clean, to a watery splodge that looks more like semolina, even the best of us (including chefs) have encountered just some of these common consequences of trying to make […]

February 7th, 2020   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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Do you know that the Chinese New Year is celebrated for 23 days? That certainly beats the one miserly day we get off on 1st January which is generally spent in bed catching up on sleep and recovering from the alcohol-induced hangover from the night before. Our cousins north of the border do it right […]

January 31st, 2020   |  
Author: Chris Brown   |  
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As you will be aware if your read our blogs (and please spread the word to others if you do) throughout Veganuary (or January as it is known among meat eaters) we have been comparing the vegan dishes launched this month by some of the UK’s biggest chains. There’s one day left in January and […]

January 24th, 2020   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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So, as Veganuary draws to a close, we come to our final ‘taste off’ of the month – Pizza Hut’s Vegan Pepperphoni Pizza vs McDonalds Veggie Dippers. We’ll start with the Veggie Dippers. Granted, McDonald’s do say this is only intended as a side, but you can’t help thinking that after all the publicity surrounding […]

January 17th, 2020   |  
Author: Jane Beesley   |  
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The war on meat continues this week with another momentous battle. Following on from the epic struggle between BK’s Rebel Whopper and Greggs’ Vegan Steak Bake, we have pitted two more giants of the fast food industry against each other. In the red corner we have KFC with their Vegan Burger and in the blue […]

January 10th, 2020   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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If you read the news, there are some big questions on everyone’s minds this week. No, it’s not whether World War Three is about to break out or how much money Meghan and Harry will need for ‘financial independence’. For the record, we don’t think they will struggle! The big question is………. What tastes better, […]

December 19th, 2019   |  
Author: Chris Brown   |  
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So, over the last few weeks we have discussed and provided recipes for traditional Christmas food such as Brussels and turkey, albeit putting our own unique SK stamp on it. In the last recipe of 2019 (hey even development chefs need a few weeks off) we’re suggesting you do something different this year and we’ll […]