It’s that time of year again, back to school season! Let’s talk about lunch menu..

September 5, 2017 at 11:07 am
Back to school

Back to school

Fresh new shirts and smart new shoes have been bought and summer holiday tans are already fading, signs that can point only to one thing – it’s time to go back to school.

The first day back at school, when it’s still warm and sunny, can be difficult for them to hit the ground running and get back into “work mode” quickly.

But stresses and strains at the start of a new academic year can be just as overwhelming for parents as it is for children. Of course, it can be a real challenge to come up with healthy lunch ideas day after day. And let’s face it, as adults, we (often times, more so than our kids) get tired of the “same-old same-old” lunch.

So, having a plan for what to serve for lunch makes getting ready for the busy school year a whole lot easier for paretns! Why not try our classic burgers & ready cooked kebabs or our japmosa’s for a perfect pack lunch meal.

 

Get In The BBQ Spirit

July 12, 2017 at 11:41 am

BBQ WITH KQF DELICIOUS FOOD

KQF BBQ

It’s time to pull out the BBQ, dust off the charcoal bag and get ready to enjoy summer with glorious sunshine. Make your BBQ exotic with our wide range of KQF products from flavours around the world.

KQF GOurmet South African

GOURMET SOUTH AFRICAN

Our South African Gourmet Burgers are the meatiest & biggest burgers we do. Made with 90% Lean Beef and weighing in at a whopping 220g per patty.

 

 

 

 

KQF TEXAN

 

TEXAN USA & GB

However you like your burgers “spicy” or “mild”, we’ve got you covered with our Texan Range. These Meaty burgers weigh 110g each and are sure to please.

 

 

 

KQF Classic

CLASSIC RANGE

Essential and great value for money with a variety of choice, available in Beef, Chicken & Lamb and made with Authentic Indian spices perfect for keeping everyone entertained. These Burgers, Kebabs or Sausages are perfect value for money.

 

 

KQF Burger

ADD SOMETHING EXTRA

+ Pastrami Slices
+ Sliced Meats
+ Halloumi
+ Sweet Potato
+ Corn On The Cob

Try adding these on the BBQ as sides or to give your Burgers that extra edge.

Back To School Lunch Idea

June 8, 2017 at 11:52 am

The kids have had a week off and now they are back at school, so we at KQF have come up with a few ideas for their lunch box which the kids will love. Our sliced meats are perfect for salads and sandwiches as they are ready to eat – no preparation at all for busy mums.

halal sandwich

SANDWICHES

The plain old cheese sandwich is now becoming extremely boring, so try spicing things up with our various meat loaf slices and Pastrami’s:
Beef Macon Slices
Chicken Tikka Slices
Spicy Lamb Loaf

Lamb Tikka Loaf
Salt Beef Slices

Halal Salad

SALADS

Getting children to eat a plain salad can be difficult, add these ingredients and see them eating their greens with no fuss at all:
Pastrami Slices
Polony Slices
Grilled Chicken Fillets
Pasta
Beans

 

Quick Halal sandwich recipe

QUICK SANDWICH RECIPE

Toast your bread 
KQF Chicken Tikka Slices
Lettuce/ Tomatoes/ red onions
Cheddar Cheese
KQF Beef Pastrami Slices
Mayonnaise  

 

 

 

Quick Halal Salad recipe

QUICK SALAD RECIPE

1 tomato
¼ cucumber, sliced
½ red onion, sliced
1 small lettuce, shredded
Masala Polony / Chicken breast Fillet
Croutons –  Add hummus & olive oil

How to cook and store meat safely

March 6, 2017 at 10:26 am

Store meat safelyStoring Meat Safely

In order to ensure bacteria does not cause contamination, and food poisoning, it is essential to prepare, and store meat safely. Few safety tips:

  • Store raw meat and poultry in clean, sealed containers on the bottom shelf of the fridge. This prevents the meat/poultry from making contact with other foods.
  • Follow all storage instruction on the label, and never eat meat/poultry after its ‘use by’ date. Failure to do so can lead to serious, and even life threatening illness.
  • Cool cooked meat which is not going to be eaten immediately as soon as possible, and then store in the fridge or freezer.
  • Keep cooked meat separate from raw meat.
  • To further prevent contamination from raw meat, thoroughly clean plates, utensils, surfaces and hands immediately.

Freezing meat safely

Raw meat can be frozen safely, providing that you:

  • Freeze the meat before the ‘use by’ date.
  • Follow all freezing, and thawing instructions
  • As a rule of thumb, allow 24 hours to defrost each 2.5kg/5lbs of meat or chicken
  • If you defrost raw meat and then cook it thoroughly, you can freeze it again, but remember never to reheat foods more than once.
  • The meat can be cooked immediately if defrosted in a microwave. If the meat requires to be cooked later, thaw it in the fridge in order to prevent it from getting too warm.
  • Upon defrosting, ensure the meat is used within two days. It will expire in the same manner as fresh meat.
  • Ensure that the meat is cooked until it is steaming hot all the way through.

It is important to note that when meat thaws, it releases liquid. This liquid can spread bacteria to any food, plates, utensils, or surfaces that it touches. Ensure that the meat is stored in a sealed container on the bottom shelf of the fridge; this prevents contamination. Meat which is defrosted, and then cooked thoroughly, it can be frozen again. However, it is imperative to never reheat meat, or any other food more than once as this can lead to poisoning.

Cooking meat safely

In order to decrease the risk of food poisoning, meat should not be washed. This is because the droplets of water can splash on to other surfaces, and can contaminate them with bacteria. It is essential to cook meat properly, as it ensures that harmful bacteria are killed; this in turn prevents food poisoning. When meat is cooked all the way through, its juices run clear, and there is no pink or red meat left on the inside.

The following meats should be cooked all the way through:

  • Poultry such as chicken & turkey
  • Burgers and sausages
  • Kebabs
  • Rolled joints of meat

You can eat whole cuts of beef or lamb when they are pink inside – or “rare” – as long as they are cooked on the outside. This is because any bacteria are generally on the outside of the meat.

Storage-chart_eStoring Leftovers safely

  • For extra uncooked meat follow any storage instructions on the label and don’t eat meat after its ‘use by’ date
  • When you have cooked meat and you’re not going to eat it straight away, cool it as quickly as possible and then put it in the fridge or freezer
  • Leftovers should be refrigerated within two hours of cooking and eaten within three days
  • Remember never reheat foods more than once

General food safety tips

Replace sponges and kitchen towels regularly. Washing your dishes and cutting boards with dirty sponges and towels can spread more bacteria. Bacteria and other disease-causing pathogens also grow on sponges and towels over time, so make sure to clean your sponge thoroughly every other day and replace it about once per week.

KQF Sponsors Charity Fitness Event

October 12, 2016 at 11:37 am

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Ever conscious of the need to promote healthier lifestyles, KQF recently sponsored a charity event that combined fundraising with keeping fit.

The 8th Annual Fitness Event was held on Sunday 9th October at Fulwood Leisure Centre in Preston, with all proceeds going to support the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.  Co-sponsors were Pharmalogic and VB Creative Photography.

The event is always popular and this year was no exception. People gathered from 9:00am to perform three consecutive activities. Some of the many exercises and activities on offer included a 10km run, 30 minutes of swimming, pilates, zumabathon, boxercise and circuit training. Each participant paid £10 to enter and the money went to support the charity’s work across the region.

“Rosemere performs a very valuable role,” said KQF managing director Faruk Vali. “It supports world class cancer treatment throughout the North West, it funds important research and it helps drive up the quality of patient care. This was a great opportunity to support the organisation whilst also encouraging people to take their own health and fitness seriously.”

If you would like to donate for the DWF Foundation and Rosemere Cancer Foundation, please follow below link: https://www.mydonate.bt.com/events/prestonfitnesschallenge2016/356035

Donations are accepted until 11th November 2016. Keep donating!

A perfect summer BBQ of your own!

July 20, 2016 at 9:12 am

BBQs are what summer is all about, right? At KQF, we have selected the best BBQ menu you can have to make your daygo without a hitch – A perfect summer BBQ of your own!

KQF Halal SausagesSausages

Sausages are a specialty at the KQF, with flavours that blend moderate heat from the chilli as well as hints of onion, garlic and peppers. Pick up a variety at our KQF online store, grab some buns and toppings, and make your own hot dogs.

Why It’s Good for Groups of All Sizes: Our customers loves to throw sausages on the grill because they’re low-maintenance, easy to share, and a total crowd-pleaser. Have a few going on the grill as the afternoon or evening progresses and everyone will be well-fed and happy.
How to Cook: Avoid burst links by grilling sausages over medium-low, indirect heat. Turn occasionally until cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes, then move to the hotter side of the grill to crisp. Let them rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Pro Tip: Always get a few more than you think you need as everyone will eat it.

KQF Halal BurgersBurgers

What screams BBQ more than burgers? Find a butcher you trust, order freshly ground meat, and you will never, ever go wrong with a burger. We like ours with 55% meat in our Classic range to 90% meat in our Gourmet range, which yields a juicy burger that won’t cause flare-ups on the grill when excess grease hits the coals.

A variety of burgers with mild to hot level in spice, all your guests are going to walk away super satisfied. And the best part is you don’t need to do anything to it, grill it to medium-rare, put a slice of cheese on it, and it is ready to serve.

Why It’s Good for Groups of All Sizes: The ultimate crowd-pleaser cooks quickly, doesn’t need to be grilled at different temperatures.  Your guests are going to walk away super satisfied. Plus, you just need to add salt and pepper on it, grill it to medium-rare and put a slice of cheese on it.
How to Cook: Grill burgers over high heat until lightly charred on bottom, about 4 minutes. Flip and grill about 4 minutes longer for medium. Let stand for 3 minutes before serving.
Pro Tip: Before you throw your patties on the grill, make a small indentation in the centre of each burger with your thumb. This keeps the burger from puffing up as it cooks.

KQF Halal KebabsKebabs

Nothing says summer like grilling delicious kebabs. There’s no mistaking the mouth-watering aroma of fresh ingredients sizzling over a fiery grill. Best of all, whether you choose chicken,  lamb or beef, kebabs are a cinch to prepare and cook. They’re great for barbeque parties and our British-made Classic Kebabs make a delicious starter. They combine high quality meats with authentic spice blends to deliver intense flavours. Check our wide range of our frozen and halal kebabs online.

Why It’s Good for Groups of All Sizes: All our halal kebabs can make a delicious starter, a fabulous finger-food and a wonderful accompaniment to summer BBQ.  Most kebabs make a delicious dish on their own, but for a full meal, consider serving with a side that pairs well with the ingredients on the kebab.
How to Cook: For a delicious outer “sear” on your kebabs, it’s important to have a nice hot grill before you place your kebabs on it. For gas grills, this is easy – simply set the grill’s burner(s) to a medium level, close the grill, and allow it to heat up. For charcoal grills, this is a little trickier – you’ll want to light the charcoal and allow it to blaze freely until the flames die down and the briquettes ash over and emanate an orange glow.
Pro Tip: If the meat is very pink on the inside, bleeds reddish juices, or has an inside that resists cutting, it needs to cook longer. Look for the classic signs of doneness – clear juices, lack of a pink interior, ease of cutting.

Useful Tip: Remember to let the meat rest first before serving

When meat comes off the grill it needs to rest for at least 5 minutes and it’s very smart to “tent” it in foil, rather than wrapping it. If you let a burger rest the juices will reabsorb into the meat and make it juicier, more tender and more flavoursome.

Pack up your picnic basket

July 13, 2016 at 10:36 am

Summer has arrived, so why not plan a Picnic Day with your family. One of the UK’s most popular summer activities, picnicking is a great way to spend time with family and friends outside in the sunshine. Whether at a park, an outdoor event or just in the backyard, a picnic can be a fun excursion for the whole family.

Of course, pretty much any spare time is a good time to indulge in a picnic. Getting out into the fresh air to enjoy a meal is always a recipe for fun. Combined with a countryside walk or ball games in the park, it’s also a great way to get a bit of family-friendly exercise, too.

It’s all weather-dependent, of course. Britain isn’t renowned for its reliably warm, dry summers but that needn’t be a problem. With a few easy recipes to turn to, a delicious picnic can be rustled up very quickly, so you can take advantage of any opportunity that presents itself.

Macon Rasher

Sandwiches have long been a mainstay of the Great British picnic. Easy to make, easy to pack and easy to eat, they’re ideal for an outdoor lunch, and the choice of fillings is virtually endless. Happily for British Muslims, there are now halal-certified alternatives to almost all the great favourites. The BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato) is a prime example. Instead of bacon, discerning picnickers can now choose HMC-certified Halal Macon Rashers, which are made with halal chicken but given a tasty smoked flavour that goes wonderfully well with crisp lettuce and sweet tomato.

For those who like something a little spicier in sandwiches and wraps, we offer a wide selection of ready-cooked halal sliced meats – pastrami, spicy chicken loaf, lamb tikka loaf, doner slices and many more besides. They’re ready cooked so they can be used straight from the fridge. When the weather turns sunny and you want to get outdoors in a hurry, there are few quicker or more convenient choices.

Halal Doner

Where there are food lovers, there has to be a BBQ!

May 31, 2016 at 9:53 am

In case you missed the news, National Barbeque Week takes place this year between May 30th and June 5th. This year marks the promotion’s 20th anniversary and, across the country, families will be taking the opportunity to get out into gardens and other open spaces to try a spot of al fresco dining.

BBQ-NATIONAL-WEEK-FINALwebDespite Britain’s notoriously unreliable weather, barbequing has grown to become one of the country’s most popular traditions. Whether you’re on holiday, on a campsite, on a beach, in a park or simply in your own back garden, it’s a wonderful way to make mealtimes more of a fun family event. (And, of course, it’s also a fantastic excuse for a party!)

Barbeque technology has also developed in recent years. Many traditionalists still cook on small cast iron stoves, using wood and charcoal as a fuel, but there are also more ambitious family caterers who cook on giant garden grills with multiple propane burners, hot plates and all manner of clever gadgetry. Both approaches have their place, of course, and we’d never be so presumptuous as to rank one above the other. What both of them have in common is what makes all barbeques great: they allow people to gather round the flames and enjoy their food together. In many ways, they’re following a tradition of outdoor social dining that arguably goes right back to our stone-age roots.

Not only that, but barbequing is also a very healthy way to cook. Grilling over flame releases many of the fats that might otherwise stay in a frying pan, and the process of cooking quickly on a high heat helps to ensure that many foods (including all sorts of vegetables) retain much more of their natural flavour, texture and nutrients.

At KQF, we’re big fans of the barbeque and we do our very best to help customers enjoy the summer season. We have lots of fresh meat cuts, marinated meats and frozen convenience foods to choose from, so why not check out our website for details of all our new seasonal offers?

National Vegetarian Week

May 18, 2016 at 12:58 pm

veg-week-for-webMany KQF customers will be familiar with the scenario: you’re attending a works function, a birthday party or perhaps a friend’s anniversary celebration. Everyone is having a good time and there’s a tasty-looking buffet all laid out. The problem is, no one is sure whether any of it is halal.

For most British Muslims, there’s an obvious and relatively safe answer: go for the veggie option. There are roughly equal numbers of Muslims and vegetarians in Britain today – around 2.9 million and 3 million respectively – but while halal foods are often not labelled at public events, no self-respecting party organiser would dream of providing catering without including at least one vegetarian dish.

Vegetarianism is well established in the UK and it’s a growing group. As a result, many professional caterers are now well aware that there’s an important difference between, say, vegetarian cheese and cheese made with animal rennet. The vegetarian lobby has gained a powerful voice and, as a result, it’s generally safe to assume that if it’s labelled as vegetarian, it’s also free from ingredients that would be considered haraam.

Since the halal market is another important growth sector, many good caterers are also beginning to recognise the needs of Muslim consumers by providing clearly-labelled, halal-certified menu items. This is certainly true of many schools, colleges and universities, but there are still plenty of situations in which consumers are left to guess. Over time, we might hope that accurately labelled halal foods become as normal as clearly branded veggie options but, in the meantime, we can console ourselves with the fact that the vegetarian dish does at least give people an option.

However, on the 16th to 22nd May, the organisers of National Vegetarian Week (the Vegetarian Society) will be showing the people of Britain that veggie foods are more than just a second choice. They’ll be promoting the message that vegetarian dishes can be satisfying, healthy and absolutely delicious.

With over 800,000 Hindus living in the UK and more than 150,000 Buddhists, it’s a message that many have already taken to heart. It’s an everyday diet for many – and that’s to say nothing of the millions of vegetarians and vegans who go meat-free for non-religious reasons. Worldwide, it’s a diet that sustains countless millions and even amongst those who routinely eat meat, enjoying the occasional veggie dish can be a great way to make a diet more varied, balanced and interesting.

So, this May, why not check out some of the many Vegetarian Society recipes that will undoubtedly be posted across the internet? With a whole raft of vegetarian sauces, spices and marinades waiting in the KQF Food Cupboard, you can experiment with flavours to your heart’s content.

KQF Mosa Range – New family of Samosas

April 11, 2016 at 9:54 am

At KQF, we’re always keen to introduce new ideas and so we’re very pleased to announce the launch of our new Mosa range – revolutionising inside and outside. These feature a selection of ready-frozen samosa-style convenience foods but, unlike conventional samosas, they’re new style samosas in crispy coatings such as golden crumb and Japanese style tempura batter.

Mosa Range

Innovation will continue at KQF with an extension of Mosa range in a new crispy coatings such as zinger style and southern fried coatings in near future.

With the new Mosas, we’ve set out to create, in effect, a whole new kind of convenience food,” explains KQF Managing Director, Faruk Vali. “They combine the simplicity of traditional samosas with a range of new flavours and textures. They’re the result of a lot of customer trials and new research but we think people will also sense something very familiar about them. They’re a similar size and shape to samosas, they’re just as easy to cook, and they work well either as a party food or on the dinner table. The big differences are the choices of coatings and fillings.

“In addition to our existing samosas, which are wrapped in pastry, we offer the new Mosas with either a light tempura-style batter or a golden crumb that produces a satisfying crunch. The fillings range from traditional ingredients such as spiced lamb or mixed vegetables to more ‘international’ flavours such as chicken in jalapeno sauce.”

The six varieties in the new Mosa range include:

  • Crumosas – Golden crumbed samosas with spiced chicken in jalapeno sauce
  • Japamosas – Japanese style tempura batter with spiced chicken in jalapeno sauce
  • Classic Chimosas – Golden crumbed samosas in chicken, cheese & vegetables
  • Classic Lamosas – Golden crumbed samosas in lamb & vegetables

These complement our existing range of traditional lamb, chicken or mixed vegetable samosas.

Like all our products, the new Mosas are, of course, certified halal by the HMC.

Formally launched on 9th April 2016, they are available in the KQF Superstore and here in our online store.