THE nation has lost its spark for cooking with more than one in four unadventurous Brits reluctant to prepare anything new in the kitchen.
A study of 2,000 adults found 29 per cent cook the same dishes on rotation, while a quarter admit they’re too lazy to search for new recipes.
And 60 per cent only cook out of necessity, with seven in 10 put off trying new recipes in fear of it going wrong.
The classic Sunday roast is the most common dish being made at home, alongside spaghetti bolognese, Shepherd’s pie and stir fry.
The study was commissioned by vegetable brand Tenderstem to launch its Suppertime Sonnets in partnership with farmer and former JLS singer JB Gill.
He is seen performing in a field, reciting classic recipes in the style of Shakespearean sonnets, in a bid to get Brits more creative when cooking.
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JB Gill said: “I’ve learnt so much since entering the farming industry and I’m continuing to learn.
"One thing that’s stuck with me is the time and care farmers put into the land, and how important producers and growers are.
“I think it’s time we brought a bit of that excitement and love back into the cooking process once it leaves the farm.”
The study also found 45 per cent cook the same recipes ‘all the time’ due to them being dishes they’ve grown up with.
While 32 per cent believe they can find healthier food options which require little or no preparation.
And half of adults commonly buy ready meals to avoid the stress of cooking fresh meals at home.
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But despite this, the OnePoll data found 54 per cent find preparing food an ideal way to express themselves creatively.
When it comes to the perfect setting to cook, 38 per cent enjoy listening to music in the background while 24 per cent like chatting with others at the same time.
Watching MasterChef or The Great British Bake Off, viewing classes on YouTube or TikTok and updating old family recipes are among the sources Brits resort to for cooking inspiration.
David Samuels, spokesperson for Tenderstem, said: “While there’s been a rise of cooking from scratch in the last three years as a result of spending more time at home, we know households tend to recycle the same old recipes week in, week out.
“We wanted to go one step further though and inject some real passion into the kitchen, we give you Suppertime Sonnets.
“There are many ways to get creative while making food and our sonnet-ised recipes should allow your inspiration to take lead in creating the perfect meal.”
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TOP 20 COOKING INSPIRATIONS
- Watching TV cooking shows
- Buying cookbooks
- Watching cooking classes on YouTube
- Receiving family recipes passed down by generation
- Watching Instagram Reels
- Watching TikTok videos
- From word of mouth
- Watching or trying what friends or family have cooked
- Walking around the supermarket
- Visiting restaurants
- Whatever I want at that time
- Visiting international destinations
- Reading online cooking blogs
- Reading lifestyle magazines
- Watching TV adverts
- Listening to the radio
- Listening to a cooking podcast
- Ordering from subscription boxes i.e. HelloFresh, Ocado
- Listening to music
- Reading about celebrity diets/tips
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