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.
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.
World Cup Final

World Cup Final

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 its first World Cup final while France, who also won the competition in 1998, had a population of almost 70 million at home cheering them on.

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Development & Innovation Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Great British Pea Week

Great British Pea Week

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 too – the UK is proudly the largest producer (and consumer) of frozen peas in Europe with around 700 farmers harvesting more than two billion portions a year! To achieve these impressive numbers and satisfy our appetites, they plant the equivalent of 70,000 football pitches of peas every year!

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Development & Innovation 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.
Brazil

Brazil

With Germany out of the World Cup, it seems the path has been cleared for Brazil, now the tournament favourites, to lift the trophy.

We love Brazil, but not only because of Neymar and Co, we must admit. It’s not its beaches, although they’re undoubtedly beautiful. It’s not the great cities like Rio and Sao Paulo. It’s not even because of the bright, sunny yellow football strip we are expecting to see so much more of as the World Cup progresses….we love Brazil because of, you guessed it, the food!

So, do you know your acarajé from your açaí? There’s so many great Brazilian treats to try….

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Oliver Parkinson
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.
World Cup

World Cup

So, the World Cup is underway and England kick off their campaign tonight against Tunisia.

There then follows games against Panama before the final group match against Belgium.

No doubt, if England manage three wins, the national expectation will skyrocket (again) and this will definitely be the year right?

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Jane Beesley
Development & Innovations Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Korean food

Korean food

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 menu.

Although the meeting is being held in Singapore, we’d like to think there’ll be a range of Korean options on offer too. Not that Singapore’s cuisine is limited. Malaysian cuisine is vast, varied and delicious! There’s Laksa, there’s Satay, there’s Beef Rendang, Nasi Goreng….the list goes on and on.

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Development & Innovation Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
World Gin Day

Gin

Gin. It’s everywhere now, isn’t it?

You can’t move down a high street without falling over at least one specialist gin bar and even the most modest of hostelries seems to be offering about a third of their bar space to the spirit.

Last year, just in the UK, we bought 47 million bottles. Sales have doubled in value over the last six years, reaching £1.2 BILLION for the year up to September 2017. It’s the country’s favourite spirit apparently with nearly 30% of people saying it’s their top pick.

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Oliver Parkinson
Sous Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.