Tesco recently did some research into the eating habits of Britain and while the UK doesn't always have the same reputation for food internationally as some other foodie nations, the results revealed that we are indeed a nation of foodies! The most food-obsessed cities in the UK are:
Of the 2000 UK parents that were surveyed, these are some of the results about London:
- 75% of people from London admit to being passionate about food.
- 56% of London parents say they are passionate about cooking.
- 60% of the people surveyed admitted to spending more than 30 minutes cooking their evening meals on weekdays.
- Only 7% of the people surveyed use the microwave for making dinners.
What may or may not be shocking is that nearly half of the people interviewed from London are not very adventurous in the kitchen. It seems that when it comes to preparing our supper, we're not incredibly creative with 44% of us making recipes we're used to because it's more convenient, even though 30% of us own 10 or more cookbooks and 57% of us watch two or more food shows on television per week, making it one of the nation's favorite hobbies! Even though it seems most of us are tuning in to Masterchef or Great British Bake Off when we're not reading the latest books by Nigella Lawson or Jamie Oliver, 30% never cook anything from what they read or see because of a lack of time or ingredients.
When Londoners were surveyed to find out what they're favorite family meals were, the results were a bit surprising. As an American, I've always heard about the wonders of London curries, kebabs and of course, fish and chips, however none of these options other than fish made the top five. According to this survey, London's favorite meals are:
- Roast dinner (10%)
- Pizza (8%)
- Spaghetti Bolognese (8%)
- Lasagne (6%)
- Fish (5%)
What strikes me most about these results is what I love most about London - it truly is an international city, pounding with diversity, yet always quintessentially British by tradition. It's the perfect contradiction - like a beautifully mixed cocktail! Though London's favorite meal is a traditional roast dinner, three of the top five choices are Italian foods! (I wonder if the popularity of Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson have impacted this at all - they are both accomplished cooks of Italian cuisine, each with books on the subject.) There's no shepherd's pie, lamb chops, meat pies, bangers & mash or most of the foods one would expect to see on this list. It appears that Londoners have diverse tastes when it comes to what they love most when sitting down for a family meal!
To celebrate London's favorite dinner, the lovely folks at Tesco have offered to share with all of you their favorite recipe for roast chicken, but I'm not just going to simply give you the recipe... Tesco sent me everything I would need to make the recipe myself!
- 6 1/2 tbsp clear honey
- 5 tbsp soy sauce
- small piece ginger, grated
- 6 garlic cloves, crushed
- 5 tbsp rice wine
- 1x 1.4kg whole chicken
- 1kg (2 lbs) charlotte potatoes, halved
- 2 lemons, thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 200g (7oz) tender stem broccoli
1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 6/200°C/fan 180°C. Combine the honey, soy, ginger, garlic and rice wine in a pan. Boil for 5 minutes until thick and sticky.
3. In a roasting tin, toss the potatoes with lemon slices, oil and seasoning. Put in the oven for the last 30 minutes of the cooking time.
4. Boil the broccoli for 3 minutes, serve with the chicken and potatoes.
This particular recipe is very reminiscent of Teriyaki Chicken and it's a unique twist on a traditional family meal! I particularly loved the potatoes roasted with slices of lemon - it gives them a lovely flavor and I'll definitely be serving this potato recipe with other dishes in the future!
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So, what's your favorite family dinner? Is roast dinner your choice or do you have a different go-to meal that you depend on time and time again?