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

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.

National Poultry Day

March 21, 2016 at 10:30 am

The national calendar is full of odd, unusual and interesting days specially devoted to the promotion of certain causes. Saturday March 19th, for example, is Poultry Day – a time to celebrate the huge contribution that chicken, turkey and other fowl have made to world cuisine. At KQF we have a range of mouth-watering Marinated Chicken, finely seasoned with spices and ready to cook from frozen.

At KQF, we make extensive use of halal chicken. We use it to make delicious burgers, sausages, kebabs, popcorn chicken and a whole range of other frozen foods. Regular customers will be familiar with many of them and anyone who’s been following our news announcements will know that chicken is also the main ingredient in our recently launched Halal Macon Rashers – not to mention a number of other chilled foods.

Some people use fresh halal chicken very simply – in roasts and fried dishes – where the natural flavour really shines. Others add their own special spice blends in curries and baked dishes. However, there is a third option, and it’s one that has become a huge hit at the KQF Superstore: it’s our ready-marinated chicken.

The result is guaranteed flavour and, best of all, it’s a great time-saver. There is no need to prepare your own fresh marinade from scratch, nor to spend a long time rubbing it into the meat. Just pop the sealed package into the fridge and let time do the rest.  (For more details, please refer to our previous article on the subject of marinated meats, which includes cooking and storage  tips.)

When it comes to poultry, some of our most popular products are Marinated Chicken Fillets, Marinated Chicken Wings, Marinated Chicken Tikka and Marinated Chicken Legs – all delicious, versatile and easy to cook. Check our seasonal offer for all the marinated Chicken meat.

Halal chicken can be tasty, affordable, protein-rich and low in fat, so we really hope you make the most of Poultry Day, however you  plan to celebrate it.

Treat your Mum with these 3 delicious Recipes!

February 29, 2016 at 9:52 am

From full English style breakfast to an elegant brunch & an over-the-top dream dinner, Mum will feel like a queen when served with these homemade recipes. Show your love with a heart-healthy-delicious meal.

KQF team have put together few recipe ideas along with secret top tips. Enjoy shopping with KQF and take pleasure of cooking at home for that special lady in your life.

KQF Macon RashersBreakfast in Bed
A long lie in and breakfast in bed is what Mother’s Day is all about. Get off to a good start with a luxurious plate of Halal Macon Rashers, beans, eggs, toast, grilled tomatoes, polonies & sausages with freshly made juice of her choice. Shop now
Top tip: Always leave the eggs till last, because there’s nothing worse than overcooked egg yolk.

LambCurryMothers Day Family Lunch
Simple, yet delicious, Lamb curry is also easy to put together. This is quick and all time favourite recipe when you want to cook a simple, wholesome meal for my family. With Lamb curry mix meat pieces, the curry will have a heartier, richer taste. Lamb curry is delicious served with plain rice, a salad and Raita. If you thicken the gravy, it tastes just as good with hot, freshly made Chapatis or naan.
Top tip: Use a pressure cooker to cook Lamb Curry and it will be done in half the time it takes to cook in an open pot!

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Royal Sunday Dinner with your Superwoman
How do you say thank you to the superwoman in your life? By taking care of the cooking of course. Get your hands on the layered Chicken Biryani, rich rice dish, where rice is cooked with spicy chicken and seasoned with delicious herbs and spices. Biryani, an evergreen classic, it’s aromatic, it’s heavenly and one of the most loved delicacies around the globe.
Top tip: Marinate the chicken pieces in 1 cup yogurt, 2 Tsp garlic paste and little salt, for a good 8 hours.

 

 

Warm up with KQF’s hearty winter recipe

December 17, 2015 at 11:37 am

 

What’s better than a warm fire and a big bowl of comfort food on a cold winter night? Nothing beats a warming homemade supper on a chilly winter evening

Winter’s darkest days will soon be upon us and as the temperatures drop, so we usually like to turn to something warm and satisfying for our family meals. Happily, there are plenty of good options to choose from – soups, curries, stews and hearty pies to name just a few. In this post, we’ll take a look at the first of these: soups.

When it comes to soups and broths, there are all sorts of ready-made convenience products to choose from but sometimes, the tastiest and most rewarding are those we make at home. What’s more, soups are a great way to use up various items in the fridge and cupboard that might otherwise go to waste, so they’re a good idea economically, too.

soup-475077KQF Winter Soup

The internet is crammed full of interesting soup recipes so you should never be short of ideas. However, the point of this one is that it’s a just a base, and you can add to it whatever you fancy (or whatever you happen to have left in your fridge.) Tasty and a great money saver, it’s also a recipe that offers endless healthy options.

They key to a good soup is to get the base right. To ensure good underlying flavour, a tried and tested combination is a medium onion, together with one carrot and one stick of celery. (People sometimes add a leek, too.) For more traditional soups, these basic vegetable ingredients are cut up into small pieces and then fried gently in butter. However, for healthier, Mediterranean-themed soups, you could use a little olive oil instead. Whichever you choose, ensure the vegetables are well coated, cover the pan and leave over a gentle heat to soften them. This will take between 10 and 20 minutes, depending on how big you like the chunks.

The other important flavour-booster is the stock. This can be made at home by boiling the bones/carcasses of chicken or turkey, together with a few vegetable pieces and perhaps some herbs. This is a great way of getting extra value from your poultry but if time’s pressing, a much easier solution is to buy ready-made stock from your local supermarket.

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The thickness of the soup is up to you, of course, and there are different ways of adding substance and texture. Some add corn flour to the base vegetables at the beginning of the process, while others add a diced potato, lentils or sweet potato to the starting mix. A further option is to blend some or all of the vegetables to create more of a pureed consistency. Some people will blend the soup mix part way through the process to create a creamy base, but then add further ingredients, such as pre-cooked meat chunks or some of the more delicate vegetables to ensure the soup retains an interesting texture.

Pre-cooked meats can include pieces of sausage, left-over chicken, beef or lamb, or slices of polony, which can be added to the pan close to the end, just long enough to heat through.

The choice of vegetables, spices, herbs and seasonings is where you can get really creative. Some of the most popular vegetable ingredients include butternut squash, sweet potato, broccoli and tomato but there’s really no limit to how you can experiment.

Whatever you choose, a scattering of fresh herbs, some finely chopped chilli or a spoonful of cream can make a nice finishing touch.

New: American-Style Halal Hot Dogs

November 5, 2015 at 12:05 pm

A3-posterHot-Dogs-v7-webOver the last year, we’ve developed an excellent relationship with a specialist supplier of high quality sausage ingredients. As a result of lengthy development work, recipe testing and customer taster sessions, we’re now gearing up for the launch of some delicious new products.

The first of these will be our American-inspired halal hot dogs – a range of pre-cooked, ready-to-eat sausages that can be used in buns, salads and breakfasts, but which work equally well as a sandwich-filler and a pizza topping.

There are three great flavours to choose from:

They are each available in three alternative sizes. The full size Original hot dogs come in packs of 4, the smaller Breakfast versions come in packs of 8, and the Mini versions, ideal for use in salads, buffets and children’s lunches, are sold in packs of 12.

Like all our products, they’re certified halal by the HMC and manufactured at our BRC-accredited factory in Blackburn.

Their launch will be marked by a series of free taster sessions at selected retail outlets, including our own Superstore in Blackburn. Look out for special promotions on the website and free give-aways via our social media outlets.

Host the Ultimate Summer Barbecue with the Best Cuts of Halal Meat

August 28, 2015 at 12:19 pm

This is the moment you’ve been planning for all year: You’ve buffed the grill, iced down the drinks, and stocked up on every imaginable condiment. All that’s left is to select your BBQ menu. Choosing the perfect meat for your party from among the many cuts at the butchery or supermarket can sound intimidating, but it doesn’t have to feel like a daunting task. From affordable halal butcher’s cuts to a whole brisket, here are the meats that will leave every guest well-fed and happy, no matter the size of your crowd.

Beef-ExoticBurger-ThaiBurgers

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.

 

Lamb 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.

Our customers love to throw KQF sausages on the grill because they’re low-maintenance, easy to share, and a total crowd-pleaser.

Kebabs

Available in HMC certified lamb, beef and chicken, 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.

ChickenSchnitzelsMeats for BBQ Group Party

Choose a wide range of marinated products that are tender, moist and memorable, with a flavour that is enhanced by a spicy or tandoori style marinade. Order your marinated meat now.

Few essential tips for BBQ:

The Day Before the Barbecue

  • Do some last-minute shopping. Get a sufficient supply of ice, condiments, drinks, meats and other perishable foods.
  • Prep the meat. Get our marinated meat to save time on marination and store them in the fridge.
  •  Make last-minute dishes. Prepare and store all the perishable foods you’ll be serving at the party.

The Day of the Barbecue

  • Finish decorating. Make the final adjustments to your décor and seating arrangements. Organize cups, plates, utensils, salads, side dishes, condiments, etc., on a buffet-style table. Make sure any food items are covered to protect them from heat and bugs!
  • Set up the drinks station. Fill your cooler with ice and stock it with plenty of drinks so they’re nice and cold by the time your guests arrive. Remember to frequently replenish the ice supply throughout the day.
  •  Prepare fresh appetizers. Cut and prep fresh fruits and veggies and keep them in the fridge until guests arrive.
  • Fire up the grill. Set up your grill and start cooking! Keep an eye on the meats and ensure they’re being grilled at the proper grilling temperatures.
  •  Enjoy! Spend the day having fun with your family and friends!

Eid Mubarak to all customers, friends and colleagues from everyone here at KQF

July 17, 2015 at 9:43 am

Eid wishes

This week around the world, we will join 1.8 billion Muslims celebrating the Islamic festival of Eid ul Fitr. Marking the completion of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, it is a day of great joy and new beginnings. After Ramadan’s physical and spiritual challenges, Eid heralds a bright future bursting with hope and potential.

The festival is now upon us and with it comes a time to enjoy the company of family and friends – often accompanied by a celebratory meal.

Though all Muslims recognise this as a very special time of year and most mark it with a hearty family meal, preferred dishes vary by country and region. For example, families originating from Pakistan might opt for rice with meat, naan and curry, together with samosas, rolls and kebabs. Roast chicken is also very popular (after all, when isn’t it?) and the same can be said of chicken drumsticks and sweet Asian dishes like ras malai.

Whilst some of these may also be enjoyed by families with Indian origins, alternative national favourites include biryani, tandoori chicken and meat karahi. For dessert, homemade sweets, cakes and biscuits often appear on the table.

Variety, they say, is the spice of life and so, regardless of their ethnicity, most Muslims will tend to mix and match their ingredients, choosing chicken as the principal ingredient in one dish and then lamb or beef as the basis for another.

Every family has its cherished recipes for special occasions and, at a time such as this, we’d never presume to offer our own suggestions as an alternative. We’re sure you all have plans and favourite dishes that you’re looking forward to so, instead, we’ve kept ourselves busy by planning our EID sale in a way that we hope makes life easier for everyone.

All the major ingredients for home-cooked celebratory meals – tikka-cut chicken breast, diced lamb, beef cubes and many other fresh halal meat cuts – are included in our seasonal sale, and there are savings, too, on a range of convenience foods. Samosas, kebabs, polonies and burgers are just some of the many foods on special offer. The EID sale runs until 25th July 2015.

If you have a particular favourite dish for Eid al-Fitr, or if there’s an important ingredient that you’d like us to include in next year’s Ramadan sale, please do get in touch. We really welcome your feedback and we’ll always do our best to provide the foods that are of most value to you.

At this very special time, KQF wishes you a blessed and prosperous Eid, filled with brightness and joy in the coming days.

From all the team at KQF, Eid Mubarak!

Tasty seasonal party foods for Eid celebration

July 10, 2015 at 12:43 pm

buffet-315691_1280With Eid fast approaching, we thought we’d offer some tips and suggestions for some tasty seasonal party foods.

If you’re having friends and family round for the evening, the last thing you’ll want to do will be to spend the whole time in the kitchen. Parties mean people – so what’s the best way of making sure you get to spend the maximum possible time with them?

Planning is important.  Not everyone will arrive at the same time but you can heat up the oven in advance and prepare a small quantity of hot nibbles to welcome your first guests. Chicken sticks or nuggets, cocktail sausages and similar fun-sized bites are ideal because they can be placed in a bowl – with cocktail sticks for easy picking – alongside dips and cold snacks such as nuts, crisps and crudités.  You can also prepare a small quantity of samosas and rolls, of course. Leave the oven on and prepare additional batches as you go along. This means latecomers can still be greeted with something warm and tasty.

The oven is your friend on a night like this because, provided you keep a watchful eye on the timings, it can get on with most of the hard work whilst you mingle and entertain. (That’s the planning again.) In addition to the initial snacks, you can also use it to prepare more substantial items such as pizzas, ready cooked kebabs, marinated meats and pies.

A mix of hot and cold foods will help to keep your workload down. Cold sliced meats, together with halal cheeses and a nice mixed salad can all be prepared in advance and then left in the fridge until the appropriate time. Breads are another key element that can be heated in the oven and they can provide at least some of the filler without demanding a lot of your time.

Of course being Eid, to all this you might well want to add a few signature touches of your own – a curry or a special rice dish, for example – but by keeping everything else simple and low maintenance, you’ll have more time to concentrate on making it a really striking centrepiece. KQF Chicken cut curry pieces can easily be used in dishes such as curries, stews and layered biryani dishes.

If Beef is on your menu, try KQF Minced Beef which is lean, flavoursome and exceptionally versatile. Seasoned and shaped, it makes excellent beef kofta, but it can also be used to make wonderful savoury fillings or used in traditional minced beef curries.

Or if you prefer a Lamb dish on Eid, KQF Lamb Curry Mix Meat would be ideal. It is cut into handy, bite-sized pieces that are ideal for curries and other family favourites.

Last but not least, no celebration is complete without a sweet dish. For kids, preparing homemade biscuits and cakes would be the most popular item. Traditional sweet dishes are a great hit. So why not rustle up with Barfi, Gulab Jamun (a ball shaped milk based dessert immersed in a sugar syrup), and ras malai (dish prepared with milk). They are all time favourites and will keep everyone happy.

We wish you and your family a happy Eid in advance and wish you every success.