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.
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.
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.
Zero waste week

Zero Waste Week

It’s Zero Waste Week, which is a grassroots campaign raising awareness of the environmental impact of waste, whatever type that may be.

In our case, predictably, we are focusing on food waste.

Firstly, let’s start with some facts.

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Jane Beesley
Development & Innovations 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.
World Cup Final

World Cup Final

The 2018 World Cup final was a real David and Goliath match (with Goliath prevailing this time) and this is also reflected in the kitchen, but when it comes to culinary traditions, the two sides have more in common than you may at first think.

Croatia, with a population of just 4 million was in its first World Cup final while France, who also won the competition in 1998, had a population of almost 70 million at home cheering them on.

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Development & Innovation 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 Cup

World Cup

So, the World Cup is underway and England kick off their campaign tonight against Tunisia.

There then follows games against Panama before the final group match against Belgium.

No doubt, if England manage three wins, the national expectation will skyrocket (again) and this will definitely be the year right?

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Jane Beesley
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.