Lent

Lent

So, who has given up something for Lent?

In the days before Veganuary, Dry January, Stoptober etc, the only time of the year when people tended to forgo nice things was Lent.

Of course, this six-and-a-half week period before Easter was originally a Christian tradition involving fasting, but like many things it has become commercialised and something to jump on the bandwagon about; St Patrick’s Day being just one of the many others that spring to mind (isn’t is amazing how many people suddenly enjoy drinking Guinness on 17th March?).

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Development & Innovation Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Plant Power Day

Plant Power Day

There are some strange food awareness days, National Tartar Sauce Day and National Melba Toast Day to name just a few hundred, but one day which deserves to be recognised is Plant Power Day.

Not so long ago, you would have recoiled at the thought of a day which is about eating plants, I mean what’s nice about digesting a conifer?

We are obviously now much better educated and of course we are talking about a vegan diet that focuses around foods derived from plant sources. This can include fruit, vegetables, grains, pulses, legumes, nuts and meat substitutes such as soy products.

The rise in meat-free plant-based diets is incredible.

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John Connell
Development & Innovations Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Pancake Day

Pancake Day

With Pancake Day upon us, we wonder how many people will actually make their own pancakes on Shrove Tuesday?

The reason we ask is there are now so many pre-prepared versions, whether it is those where the mix is already made for you or where it’s just a case of putting the pancake in the oven or microwave and eating immediately.

We understand that in this busy world of ours that many people will now opt for these versions, but, and you would expect us to say this of course, there’s nothing better than making them from scratch.

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

Another Millennium Bug?

Do you remember the Millennium Bug?

As we approached the year 2000, there was genuine fears that the worldwide computer systems around the world would not be able to cope with the numerical change.

Doomsday ‘preppers’ predicted the end of the world, where planes would fall from the sky and nuclear missiles would launch on their own.

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Jane Beesley
Development & Innovations 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.
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.