Party food

Party food

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 weeks, we thought we would give you some pointers.

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Development & Innovation Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Expensive taste

Expensive taste

Do you recall the scene in Pulp Fiction when John Travolta’s character asks Uma Thurman’s character whether she had just ordered a $5 milk shake, suggesting she had expensive taste?

He tastes the drink and declares it to be pretty ‘bleeping’ good, although he is still not sure whether it’s worth five bucks.

Granted, 20-plus years have passed, so a $5 milk shake would seem cheap compared to what you pay these days, but we’re setting up the story so bear with us.

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Jane Beesley
Development & Innovations Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
St Andrew's Day

St Andrew’s Day

Today is St Andrew’s Day, the celebration of Scotland’s patron saint.

It’s a bank holiday in Scotland (why don’t we get one for St George’s Day?) and the fact it falls on a Friday this year must be manna from heaven for our friends north of the border, not that they need an excuse for a ‘wee swally’!

It’s also a great time to celebrate everything that is great about Scottish food, and no we are not talking about a fried Mars bar!

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Chris Brown
Sous 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.
School dinners

School dinners

We’ve only got our children to verify this, but school dinners (we’re in the North-East so it will always be dinner, not lunch) these days just don’t seem to be what they were.

Don’t get us wrong, from a nutritional standpoint, they’re definitely better, and it’s great that our kids are eating healthy, balanced meals (although this is not across the board) rather than the beige inspired creations we were used to, but it’s all got a little boring in our view.

Pink custard for example. When is the last time you had pink custard? People of a certain age will know exactly what we are talking about here.

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Oliver Parkinson
Sous 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.
Meat free week recipe

National Curry Week

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 Volcanic Vindaloo was nowhere near hot enough.

This new dish comes with warning label as it contains scorpion chillies (which top the Scoville Heat Scale) as well as naga and green chillies.

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Development & Innovation Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Global Champagne Day

Global Champagne Day

When it comes to champagne, and it is Global Champagne Day on 19th October after all, we like to quote Lily Bollinger of the House of Bollinger Champagne.

She said: “I drink Champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it — unless I’m thirsty.”

We couldn’t have summed it up better ourselves Lily.

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Oliver Parkinson
Sous 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.
National Seafood Week

Seafood Week

Oh my ‘cod’, it’s Seafood Week.

When I ‘seafood’ I eat it.

Do you like my new ‘herrings’?

Isn’t this blog ‘brill’?

No we haven’t lost our marbles; we’re just getting ready for the first day of Seafood Week on Friday which starts with National Fish Pun Day.

‘Seabass’ me the remote, I want to watch ‘Tuna Half Men’. OK, that’s enough of the fishy puns, for now!

 

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