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.

5w ago

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.”

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Comments (14)

  • American dining habits: McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, KFC, Subway, etc. etc. etc.

      1 month ago
  • I resent the idea that British food is boring. My parents live in a small village that pre pandemic supported a fish and chip shop,a Chinese restaurant an Afghan place and Italian Bistro, 2sandwich shops and Indian restaurant a Costa coffee and a small family owner place serving panini etc plus a greasy spoon by the station... look around a see diversity in food.

      1 month ago
    • It's great that there's such variety available. Hopefully the support is available for the businesses to make it through the Covid restrictions

        1 month ago
  • A good sausage

      1 month ago
  • I think Britain's food reputation was boring, 30 years ago, but we are now producing some of the finest chefs in the world. Most people I know try really hard in the kitchen but it is very difficult if you have kids so I can see how a food rota is beneficial to busy parents with a fussy family.

      1 month ago
  • It seems similar here in the States too, but the Brit food is nicely diverse. At least in my apartment building, my neighbors fry fish every. single. day. 😭

      1 month ago