Britain’s boring food habits surprise no one
Typically known as being traditional and dull, the people of the UK are living up to their reputation with their monotonous meals.
Adventure is overrated. Not only is it dangerous, but during an international pandemic it’s also financially inconvenient. Booking a trip to some far-flung corner of Bolivia is all fun and games until a grizzly holiday company chucks the money away like sour fruit.
Perhaps being boring should be all the rage, then; it certainly is in Britain. Snuggling up cosily with the securities of Coronation Street and warm beer, a new survey about the United Kingdom’s eating habits created literally no surprises whatsoever.
Despite years of healthy eating campaigns and the wild popularity of home cooking, the research discovered that Brits basically just eat the same six meals on a loop every week. No wonder it took us so long to sort out Brexit.
Of the 2,000 adults who were interrogated about their friendships with food 59% asserted that they cook the same things every seven days, while 46% consume the same food on the same day each week.
Although many were aware of the need to shake-up their cooking lives, excuses provided included not having enough time, ingredients being too expensive and a lack of cooking skills. Clearly they haven’t been watching enough TikToks.
The investigation was undertaken by KitchenAid UK & Ireland, which also revealed the country’s favourite meals for regular cooking (or, presumably, microwaving): spaghetti Bolognese; pizza; pasta in sauce; roast dinner; fish and chips; curry; jacket potato; stir fry; bangers and mash; shepherd’s pie. Stalwarts such as pork chops, steak and the honourable beans on toast fell just short of a top ten finish.
Commenting on the results of the poll, KitchenAid’s Simon Langley said: “Eating more creative, healthy and flavoursome dishes doesn’t have to be complex or time consuming. A little determination, some basic tips and the right appliances can help develop better eating habits and create nutritious and delicious meals.”