Lifestyle: Household food trends in the UK

I’m really into my food, I seem to spend half of my time eating and the other half planning what I’m going to eat and I know that I’m not alone in this, us Brits really do love our food. Oldrids & Downtown, providers of dinner sets, have found out what our attitude is towards dinner (or tea depending on where you’re from) in particular. 

According to the Spruce, Britain’s Top 10 favourite British foods are:

  • Bacon sandwiches
  • Roast dinners
  • A Cup of Tea
  • Fish and Chips
  • Yorkshire Pudding
  • Full English Breakfast
  • Cornish pasties
  • Strawberries and cream
  • Teatime Treat, Crumpets
  • Beer

I do love a bacon sandwich (I basically lived on them and scrambled eggs when I was at uni!) and the occasional roast dinner but I’m not too fussed on the rest of the list. I don’t like tea at all (although I will have a peppermint tea if I’m feeling a bit bloated) and I don’t drink beer. My favourite meals to eat in an evening are Chinese inspired ones that I cook myself from scratch. I do also like a quick pizza that I can just throw into the oven for 10 minutes if I’m in a hurry.

Research has shown that nowadays, British families don’t eat their meals together as often as they used to. In my house I don’t eat with my parents as we will have different things, I like to cook for myself and usually eat a lot later than they do. The popularity of dinner parties has also been declining in recent years despite programmes like Come Dine With Me being enjoyed by a lot of young people.

Hosting a dinner party can be great fun, it’s an opportunity to spend time with you friends and eat great food that you’ve prepared yourself. If you’re thinking of throwing your own dinner party, here’s some tips:

  • Go for food you can prepare earlier in the day so you can spend time with guests. Stick something in the slow cooker like a stew or curry that can cook while you enjoy yourself.
  • Put everything in serving dishes and let guests help themselves. Think big salads, rice dishes, assorted meats and sides that you can put in the centre of the table. 
  • Don’t be afraid of short cuts. If it’s easier for you to buy the bread and use shop-bought pastry just do it, nobody will know or care!
  • Make a playlist to set the mood. Cater to your guests and make it varied and fun – you can even include some songs for a sing along/dance off, depending on the liveliness of your guests. Maybe you could even do a bit of karaoke afterwards?
  • Relax. If you’re at ease, your guests will feel at ease, and everyone will have a better time for it. Nobody wants a stressed out host!
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