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.
British Roast Dinner Week

British Roast Dinner Week

Ahh, is there anything more quintessentially British than the roast dinner? That’s why we were delighted when we discovered this week was British Roast Dinner Week.

The week is intended as competition for pubs and hotels to see who does the best roast. Now that will be a hard one to judge but if they want an independent adjudicator we are happy to throw our chef’s hats in the ring!

Hopefully the real judges will steer clear of the establishments who do carvery. Don’t get us wrong, there are some good ones out there, but in our experience, they tend to be a lot more miss than hit.

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Chris Brown
Sous Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
World Plant Milk Day

World Plant Milk Day

Over the last six years, sales of plant-based milks have doubled, so it’s not surprising that there is now a World Plant Milk Day (this Wednesday 22nd).

Whether it’s because of the rising number of vegans, people who are lactose intolerant or the growing trend in ‘flexitarianism’ (the term given to those who are primarily vegetarian but occasionally eat meat or fish), there are now lots of plant-based milk options to replace the cow’s milk we all grew up with.

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

Great British Menu

One of the SK chefs’ favourite TV programmes – Great British Menu – returns to our screens this week and this year it is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

We are looking forward to seeing what the professional chefs come up with as they attempt to win a place at the banquet, but we’re willing to bet, they will steer clear of hospital food.

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Development & Innovation Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Be frugal

Be frugal

Interest rates have increased for the first time in what feels like forever (it’s actually since March 2009), and while it is in itself only a small change, it can have a big impact on a family’s budget so perhaps it’s time to be frugal.

Eating out has become one of the nation’s favourite ways to spend leisure time, as has cooking more elaborately at home. There’s no doubt that food is very important to us……

One of the largest portions (if you’ll forgive the pun) of an average family’s monthly out-goings is on food, whether that be in a supermarket for the weekly shop or as a leisure purchase in a restaurant. It’s third only to housing and transport in terms of costs.

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