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.
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.
Christmas period

Are sprouts 2017’s must have vegetable?

Sprouts have traditionally been the most controversial element of Christmas dinner, but I am pleased to see that they are finally shaking off their totally undeserved reputation.

Not only is one supermarket selling a festive wreath adorned with real sprouts, yes you heard me correctly, stores are also reporting a boom in the sale of specially designed sprout corers which remove stems, ensuring the vegetables are cooked more evenly.

One expert has described sprouts as being like marmite, because you either love them or hate them. I agree that is true to an extent, but I think the ‘haters’ are coming at this from an historical perspective.

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Chris Brown
Sous Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Halloween 2017

Halloween 2017

Halloween 2017 is approaching and we were not surprised to discover this week that the average consumer in the UK will spend £23 on Halloween-related sweets, food, decorations and costumes.

You only have to look in any supermarket to see how popular ‘All Hallows Eve’ has become in the UK in recent years.

It has always been a big thing for our American friends across the Pond and it’s a little surprising that it took us so long to catch up.

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Development & Innovation Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Coffee morning

Macmillan coffee morning

Today is the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer.

It’s a great cause and one we here at SK certainly support.

There may not be anything more quintessentially British than a cup of tea, but you still can’t beat a damn fine cup of coffee (credit: Agent Cooper, Twin Peaks, 1991, not the utterly weird return in 2017!).

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Oliver Parkinson
Sous Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
National Rice Week

National Rice Week

It’s National Rice Week and it’s fair to say, given we specialise in Asian food, that were are all over it!

Incredibly, rice is the mainstay of food for over half the world’s population and has become much more than just an accompaniment in a dish.

It’s very versatile and can be used to make great starters, main and desserts (rice pudding anyone?). What other ingredient can do that?

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

Love Lamb Week

As lovers of lamb, it came as a surprise to discover that one of the reasons for Love Lamb Week is that fewer people have been regularly eating the meat over the past 15 years.

What’s not to like?

Lamb is such a versatile dish and despite what you might think, it’s no harder to cook than chicken or pork. It’s also healthy. Grass fed lamb, for example, can in some instanced be higher in omega-3 than fish.

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John Connell
Development & Innovations Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Fusion - Caribbean Food Week

Fusion

Fusion is an overused word in our business, especially when all it effectively means is combining different types of food.

We like to KISS here in the SK kitchen and by that we mean Keep It Simple Stupid, so fusion, along with rustic, artisan, authentic, farm to table and many, many more, incur the wrath when used in our presence.

However, when it comes to Caribbean food, we make one exception.

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Oliver Parkinson
Sous Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Easter food

Easter food

Easter may not quite be the same as Christmas when it comes to eating, but it’s not far behind as far I am concerned.

There’s certainly no other time in the year when you will eat as much chocolate. Is it me, or are Easter eggs getting bigger? In my day, you got a small egg and if you were lucky, it had some sweets or miniature chocolates inside, but now, you not only get a huge chocolate egg, it also comes with full-sized chocolate bars, and often much, much more.

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