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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

November 28th, 2019   |  
Author: Chris Brown   |  
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It’s Thanksgiving, a public holiday in the United States of America, or Thursday as it’s better known here in the UK. With the Americanisation of nearly everything (think Halloween and Christmas), it’s a little surprising that we haven’t jumped on the bandwagon when it comes to Thanksgiving. After all, who wouldn’t welcome a day off […]

November 22nd, 2019   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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Game, it’s fair to say, isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, which is presumably one of the reasons for British Game Week. In fact, Game is a bit like marmite, you either love it, or you hate it – there’s never any middle ground. I was at a restaurant with someone a few years ago who […]

October 31st, 2019   |  
Author: Chris Brown   |  
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It’s all going in the world of sausages this week – well, it is UK Sausage Week after all. Firstly, Pizza Hut entered the plant-based food game (where have you been Pizza Hut?) by debuting a new pizza topped with plant-based sausage, although it was only available for one day. In Arizona. USA! Then, sausage […]

October 18th, 2019   |  
Author: Jane Beesley   |  
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It’s National Baking Week, so we’ll begin by asking two questions. Question 1: when was the last time you baked something that was made from scratch? Question 2: when was the last time you cooked a meal that was prepared from scratch? We’re willing to bet that you pretty much all said last night, the […]

October 11th, 2019   |  
Author: Chris Brown   |  
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It’s World Egg Day so let’s talk about the burning issue of the day – how far can you throw an egg? No, we’re not talking about the time when you egged someone’s house or a politician (neither which we approve of obviously), but the realisation that in the year 2019 there is something called […]

September 27th, 2019   |  
Author: Chris Brown   |  
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It’s the very worthy Macmillan Cancer Support annual coffee morning today and we’ll start by doffing our chef caps to an inspired piece of publicity by the charity. In a tweet in the run-up to the event, Macmillan issued a chart ranking 20 cakes from legend tier to soggy bottom tier. In the legend category […]

September 12th, 2019   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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It’s Guacamole Day. If you had told us a few years ago that we would be writing a blog on something whose primary ingredient is avocado, we would have told you to go and lie in a darkened room. Not that we have anything against this small green fruit of course, after all Mexican food […]