Coeliac awareness week

Coeliac Awareness Week

It’s Coeliac Awareness Week and in our research for this blog, I was surprised to learn that up to a half a million people in the UK may be living with symptoms of undiagnosed coeliac disease.

Coeliac seems to be a relatively new phenomenon, although it’s obviously not, in fact it was first identified when a Greek physician in the first century AD referred the ‘coeliac affection’, coeliac deriving from the Greek word for abdomen.

It now affects 1 in 100 people in the UK, making it much more common than previously thought, so it’s always been around it’s just through medical advancements and greater awareness of the condition that we now understand it more clearly.

Thankfully, people with coeliac disease now also have a much greater choice when it comes to gluten-free food, so are less restricted than previous generations.

A bit like vegan food, the popularity of ‘free-from’ foods is at an all time high with many non-coeliacs also choosing to avoid gluten, in their case in the belief that it is healthier.

In 2018 there was a 27% rise in sales of free from foods, with the UK supermarkets now dedicating whole aisles to gluten-free products and brands such as Warburtons launching gluten-free wraps and Stella Artois a gluten-free beer.

Restaurants, including some with Michelin stars, have also cottoned on and there are generally now always gluten-free alternatives, which is great.

From a chefs’ point of view, having to substitute a few ingredients to remove gluten from the dish is no hardship, as I hope you agree with this week’s recipe:

Gluten free Jamaican Ginger cake, Blueberries, lime and crème fraiche

Jamaican Ginger cake

170g Gluten free self raising flour

75g Black treacle

95g Golden syrup

75g Soft brown sugar

75g Butter

20g Ground ginger

12g Ground cinnamon

5g Ground nutmeg

7.5 Xanthan gum

7g Bicarb of soda

2 medium eggs

 

Whisk eggs, sugar, golden syrup and treacle for 5 minutes on a kitchen mixer.

Melt butter and pour into sugar batter and whisk for another 5 minutes. Mix all dry’s ingredients together and mix into the butter sugar mix. Mix well then pour into a 20cm loaf tin. Bake at 160oc for 45 minutes, or until cooked through. Leave to cool.

Blueberries and lime compote

250g Blueberries

Juice and zest of 1 lime

50g Caster sugar

In a pan put the blueberries, lime and sugar and cook on a medium heat for about 5 minutes. Until the sugar is dissolved and the blueberries have started to just break down slightly. Leave to cool.

To serve

1 Tub of crème fraiche

Slightly toast the ginger cake until warm, on top spoon a generous amount of the crème fraiche and then spoon over the sticky blueberries compote. Enjoy.

Katie Beaumont
Marketing & Communications Executive of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
International Hummus Day

International Hummus Day

I absolutely love hummus; it’s one of my favourite things to eat in the world, so I am all for International Hummus Day.

I do however draw the line at eating it every day.

That’s exactly what an Israeli man is doing in the run-up to the day on 13th May.

He is eating nothing but hummus and pita every day for 30 days – now that’s a lot of hummus.

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Jane Beesley
Development & Innovations Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
The way it's folder

The way it’s folded

“In Mexico, everything on the menu is the same dish. The only difference is the way it’s folded.”

Ah, Billy Connolly, you comedy genius you!

This one-liner has always made me laugh, but with Cinco de Mayo approaching, funnily enough on 5th May, do you know your taco from a burrito?

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

Happy Baisakhi

We’re big fans of different new year celebrations here in the SK kitchen, so Happy Baisakhi everybody!

After all, why should 1st January be the only time we have a party and eat great food?

The Chinese New Year is a great example. This happened in February and as Chinese food is one of our specialities; it would have been rude not to raise a Tsingtao or three to mark the occasion.

As we are also pretty darn good as making Indian food; then you will understand it will be remiss of us not to also to celebrate Baisakhi.

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Oliver Parkinson
Sous Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
International Carrot Day

International Carrot Day

We have a question for you on International Carrot Day.

Hands up who was told when they were kids, and now tell your own children, that eating carrots helps you to see in the dark?

Come on, we have all done it right?

Granted, if it got us and our children to eat more vegetables, then it didn’t matter if it was true or not, which is just as well because it’s a big fat myth.

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Chris Brown
Sous Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Mother's Day

Mother’s Day

Ah, Mother’s Day, the time of year when restaurants and pubs across the UK rub their hands with glee at the thought of a fully booked service.

For some, it may be the one of the few times of the year that they are full because, let’s face it, you can’t be choosy when you leave the booking until the last minute can you?

Not that we are speaking from experience though, honestly mum….

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Jane Beesley
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.
Real Bread Week

Real Bread Week

At the start of Real Bread Week, let’s begin with a question.

True or false. The smell of freshly baked bread can help to sell a house?

Well, according to a recent survey, the answer is true.

In that survey, 86% of people said the smell of a house could be the difference between putting in an offer or not, with bread (35%) being the smell most likely to seal the deal.

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

Chinese New Year 2019

Chinese New Year is upon us again and chances are that if you are in any of the main UK supermarkets this weekend looking to stock up in time for 5th February (the official start of the year of the pig), you will be buying food made by our own fair hands.

Preparation for the 2019 Chinese New Year actually began in the development kitchen over a year ago and we’re already planning, believe it or not, for 2020. A year’s a long time in new product development!
But, back to this year.

Apparently, if you were born in 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2017 and 2019 (all years of the pig) you are in for an unlucky 12 months, but on that basis, let’s not put our fate in the hands of the zodiac and just concentrate on the food shall we?

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

Peanut butter

Do you know that peanut butter has overtaken jam as Britain’s favourite breakfast spread?

This is very apt given today (24th Jan) is National Peanut Butter Day.

Granted, it’s an American event, which is not surprising given our cousins across the Pond eat 3 pounds of peanut butter per person every year. That’s about 700 million pounds, or enough to coat the floor of the Grand Canyon!

But, it’s just as much flavour of the month in the UK.

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