Party food

Party food

Are you getting ready to consume your own weight in party food over the festive season?

It’s the one time of the year where the diet really does go out the window so having studied and tasted (it’s a hard job etc..) the party food ranges of the main UK supermarkets over the last few weeks, we thought we would give you some pointers.

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Development & Innovation Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Expensive taste

Expensive taste

Do you recall the scene in Pulp Fiction when John Travolta’s character asks Uma Thurman’s character whether she had just ordered a $5 milk shake, suggesting she had expensive taste?

He tastes the drink and declares it to be pretty ‘bleeping’ good, although he is still not sure whether it’s worth five bucks.

Granted, 20-plus years have passed, so a $5 milk shake would seem cheap compared to what you pay these days, but we’re setting up the story so bear with us.

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

School dinners

We’ve only got our children to verify this, but school dinners (we’re in the North-East so it will always be dinner, not lunch) these days just don’t seem to be what they were.

Don’t get us wrong, from a nutritional standpoint, they’re definitely better, and it’s great that our kids are eating healthy, balanced meals (although this is not across the board) rather than the beige inspired creations we were used to, but it’s all got a little boring in our view.

Pink custard for example. When is the last time you had pink custard? People of a certain age will know exactly what we are talking about here.

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

Two awards

SK Chilled Foods has scooped two awards in the food industry’s ‘Oscars’.

We walked away with the Chilled, Fresh & Dairy Manufacturing Company of the Year and Partnership of the Year award at the prestigious Food Manufacture Excellence Awards in London.

The two awards recognised the technical innovation that resulted in SK making record sales last year.

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Katie Beaumont
Marketing & Communications Executive 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.
Global Champagne Day

Global Champagne Day

When it comes to champagne, and it is Global Champagne Day on 19th October after all, we like to quote Lily Bollinger of the House of Bollinger Champagne.

She said: “I drink Champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it — unless I’m thirsty.”

We couldn’t have summed it up better ourselves Lily.

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Oliver Parkinson
Sous 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.
National Seafood Week

Seafood Week

Oh my ‘cod’, it’s Seafood Week.

When I ‘seafood’ I eat it.

Do you like my new ‘herrings’?

Isn’t this blog ‘brill’?

No we haven’t lost our marbles; we’re just getting ready for the first day of Seafood Week on Friday which starts with National Fish Pun Day.

‘Seabass’ me the remote, I want to watch ‘Tuna Half Men’. OK, that’s enough of the fishy puns, for now!

 

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

National Picnic Month

The organisers of National Picnic Month must be rubbing their hands with glee given the amazing weather that has coincided with this month’s event.

According to the experts, the average person picnics at least three times a year in the UK, but we are assuming this figure is based on the normally poor British summers.

As we have had wall to wall sunshine for the last few months, with more to come apparently (let’s hope anyone) the averages must be up this year – we have certainly surpassed them in my household anyway.

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

Brazil

With Germany out of the World Cup, it seems the path has been cleared for Brazil, now the tournament favourites, to lift the trophy.

We love Brazil, but not only because of Neymar and Co, we must admit. It’s not its beaches, although they’re undoubtedly beautiful. It’s not the great cities like Rio and Sao Paulo. It’s not even because of the bright, sunny yellow football strip we are expecting to see so much more of as the World Cup progresses….we love Brazil because of, you guessed it, the food!

So, do you know your acarajé from your açaí? There’s so many great Brazilian treats to try….

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