Real Bread Week

Real Bread Week

At the start of Real Bread Week, let’s begin with a question.

True or false. The smell of freshly baked bread can help to sell a house?

Well, according to a recent survey, the answer is true.

In that survey, 86% of people said the smell of a house could be the difference between putting in an offer or not, with bread (35%) being the smell most likely to seal the deal.

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Chris Brown
Sous Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Nutella

Nutella

It was world Nutella day earlier this week and 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 how a member of the Royal family (we are guessing it was one of the younger ones and not the Queen) is rumoured to use Nutella as a face cream. There’s even a demonstration on one newspaper’s website –  – who says hard news journalism is dead?

There’s also interesting facts like how Nutella outsells Marmite in the UK (is that a surprise?), that one jar of the spread is sold ever 2.5 seconds worldwide and that someone even invented a lock to stop people stealing his spread.

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Development & Innovation Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year 2019

Chinese New Year is upon us again and chances are that if you are in any of the main UK supermarkets this weekend looking to stock up in time for 5th February (the official start of the year of the pig), you will be buying food made by our own fair hands.

Preparation for the 2019 Chinese New Year actually began in the development kitchen over a year ago and we’re already planning, believe it or not, for 2020. A year’s a long time in new product development!
But, back to this year.

Apparently, if you were born in 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2017 and 2019 (all years of the pig) you are in for an unlucky 12 months, but on that basis, let’s not put our fate in the hands of the zodiac and just concentrate on the food shall we?

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Chris Brown
Sous Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Peanut butter

Peanut butter

Do you know that peanut butter has overtaken jam as Britain’s favourite breakfast spread?

This is very apt given today (24th Jan) is National Peanut Butter Day.

Granted, it’s an American event, which is not surprising given our cousins across the Pond eat 3 pounds of peanut butter per person every year. That’s about 700 million pounds, or enough to coat the floor of the Grand Canyon!

But, it’s just as much flavour of the month in the UK.

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Chris Brown
Sous Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Dry January

Dry January

No doubt many of you are observing Dry January.

Hands up though how many of you drank in the early hours of 1st January? I know I did, so let’s say, for the sake of argument that Dry January begins on 2nd January. Agreed?

That leaves us all, at the time of writing, ten days in to our dry spell. Some will not be missing the demon drink at all while others (me included) are already starting to waver. Well, the weekend is upon us and it’s been a hard week, let’s face it!

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

Vegan sausage roll

With the news this week that Greggs have launched a vegan sausage roll (available from today Thursday) and McDonalds following this up with its first vegetarian happy meal, it’s safe to say that the meat-free trend is here to stay.

More and more people are going vegetarian, vegan, or flexitarian if the thought of giving meat up forever is too much to swallow.

Whether you stand on the debate, it’s good to see so any different options now available, and Greggs and McDonalds couldn’t have timed their announcements any better, what with January being a time when people are looking to eat healthier after gorging over the festive period.

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

Christmas Day

Where you do stand on the debate of whether to eat out, or at home on Christmas Day?

We ask the question because research out this week shows that restaurant bookings on Christmas Day have risen by 240 per cent in the last five years.

Between 2016 and 2017, reservations jumped by 14 per cent, and they are expected to increase again next week.

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John Connell
Development & Innovations Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
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.
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.