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.
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.
Technology

Technology

We love technology here in the SK kitchen; so we were intrigued to read this week about a new app that has been launched which may put an end to the saying ‘there’s nothing to eat in this house”.

PixFood does exactly what it says on the tin, if you pardon the pun.

Using the app on your smartphone you take pictures of food/ingredients you have in your fridge, freezer or cupboard and you are then given tailored recipes based on what’s available.

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John Connell
Development & Innovations 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.
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.
Barbecue

Barbecue

Ok, hands up, who had a barbecue over the Bank Holiday weekend?

Is there an actual law that says you have to have barbecue over a three-day weekend. Well, it seemed rude not to, especially when the weather was so good.

As we wipe the last remnants of ketchup from our chins following the last long weekend until August (Noooooooo!) we should pause to appreciate the mighty beast that is BBQ.

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

Hamburger Month

May is Hamburger Month. That sounds good to us! We love a burger here – it’s like the little black dress of food – you can accessorise it in so many different ways.

From humble beginnings of a simple ground beef patty, perhaps with just a touch of ketchup and in a toasted bun, the burger has come a long way. It’s constantly evolving and it seems, as a nation, we can’t get enough of them.

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

Tour de Yorkshire

The Tour de Yorkshire starts later this week and as it’s just down the road (pardon the pun) from us, needless to say we’re very excited.

It’s fantastic that this has now become an official event on the UCI Europe Tour following the success of the Tour de France, which passed by our neck of the woods in 2014.

As always, we’re interested in the food and in this case what pro cyclists eat to maintain their incredible fitness levels.

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

Doughnut

Could a doughnut be any more perfect?

It’s portable and easy to eat on the go. It’s delicious, obviously. And it’s just got a little bit better too…the humble doughnut is not so humble any more. It’s bright pink and favoured by one of the world’s favourite fathers. Homer Simpson….

That’s right, Krispy Kreme (who know a thing or two about doughnuts, it’s fair to say) have just launched an homage to Homer. The Simpsons D’ohnut has arrived. It’s resplendently pink and covered in sprinkles, just like the ones Homer so enjoys. It’s an Original Glazed, but dipped in white chocolate truffle and with a hint of strawberry flavour. How good does that sound?

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