British sausage week

November 3, 2016 at 9:46 am

Considered a British staple, the humble sausage can be traced back to the 19th Century. After the onset of World War One, food was rationed heavily, which led to the dramatic decrease of meat in sausages. Instead, manufacturers bulked sausages out with scraps, cereal and water. This caused them to pop and hiss frantically when cooked on shovels over open fires in the trenches. Sometimes they even exploded. Hence, bearing the name Bangers!

Did you know that sausages are even older than Ancient Greece? The Sumerians (modern day Iraq) made sausages 5,000 years ago.

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In order to appreciate (and eat!) sausages; as well as to celebrate the great lengths sausages have come to, KQF are proud to be part of British Sausage Week. It is time to celebrate the sausage, and what better way than to experience KQF’s diverse variety? Our sausages are ‘bulked’ up full of flavour, and meat…certainly not cereal!

Did you know that a staggering 1.26 billion meals containing sausage are eaten in the home each year?

Whether sizzling on a summer BBQ, heaped with ketchup in a hot dog, or a hearty plate of bangers and mash, our sausages are sure to satisfy everyone. Our classic sausages, available in beef or chicken, are made to our renowned fiesta recipe, and can be grilled, barbecued or pan fried. Blended with authentic herbs, and spices, with a gentle fiery kick, these are perfect for a quick and easy dinner.

KQF Halal SausagesSausage rolls can be identified as the life and soul of any party or buffet (well we think so anyway!), and our spicy mini sausage rolls, make perfect finger food, (or grab a handful food), for everyone. These are easy to cook and are made from carefully seasoned chicken, nestled in layers of puff pastry. Mini in size, but mighty in taste!

So whether they form a part the most important meal of the day, or are tucked in between fresh bread, there is no doubt sausages are integral in British life. Celebrate the Sausage, and tantalise your taste buds with our sausages, packed with goodness.

Buy our wide range of sausages – http://www.kqf-foods.com/kqf-classic-halal-sausages.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life is like a sandwich, the more you add to it, the better it becomes. Enjoy!

May 9, 2016 at 9:48 am

sandwich-2-Lamb-Sliced-meatsThe 8th to 14th May will see another of those peculiar periods of promotion and celebration – in this case British Sandwich Week.

Originally, the term was named after John Montagu, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, who is said to have been fond of eating foods held between slices of bread because it meant he didn’t need to use a knife and fork. That meant he could keep one hand free for card games.

However, the use of flatbreads as a food container – as in the popular modern wrap – long predates the leisure-loving Earl. In the Middle East, flatbreads have been used in this way for more than two thousand years. Indeed, the idea of using bread as a plate, a container or a kind of spoon has remained with us ever since.

In all cases, however, the great appeal of such dishes is convenience. Just as John Montagu enjoyed sandwiches because they were easily portable and kept his hands (and cards) clean, so countless generations of families have appreciated their self-contained simplicity. Ideal for buffets, picnics and packed lunches, they really are the perfect ‘food on the go’.

At KQF, we’re no stranger to their appeal. Many of our customers are big fans of the wrap and the sandwich, and summer in particular sees a big surge in orders for bread-friendly fillings such as chilled meat slices, polonies and our Halal Macon Rashers.

The big advantage of such foods is that they are all ready-cooked so for busy parents and party hosts, it’s easy to make the transition from fridge to plate. Two slices of bread, a little spread and a tasty meat filling are all it takes for a satisfying bite – but why stop there? A  slice of lettuce, tomato or cheese can quickly add an enlivening touch, as can pickles, relishes and other tasty extras.

sandwich-week-news-letter-Chicken-Sliced-meatHere are some quick and tasty ideas we like:

  • Halal Macon Rasher sandwich – with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. (The halal version of the BLT classic.)
  • Halal Macon Rasher sandwich – with sautéed mushrooms and halal cheese.
  • Sliced polony sandwich – great with finely shredded lettuce and onion.
  • Sliced polony sandwich – a touch more exotic with hummus and sweet chilli sauce.
  • Pastrami sandwich – try it on rye bread with sauerkraut, mustard and sliced cheese.
  • Salt beef sandwich – again, great on rye but with minced onion and mayonnaise.
  • Salt beef sandwich – delicious with English mustard and sliced pickled gherkin.
  • Sliced lamb sandwich – try it with roast garlic, thinly sliced onion, mayo and a squeeze of lemon.
  • Sliced lamb sandwich – with thinly sliced tomato, mustard and shredded lettuce.
  • Sliced chicken sandwich – in a wrap with lettuce, Mexican-style salsa and sliced avocado.
  • Sliced chicken sandwich – with lettuce, Halal Macon Rashers and melted cheese.

These are just a few options but, of course, the great advantage of sandwiches is that there are no rules. With British Sandwich Week now upon us, now is a great time to experiment.

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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!

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.