Calamitous cooks

Calamitous CooksRoast dinner, lasagne and a traditional fry up are amongst the dishes Brits can’t cook properly, according to a new study. Researchers have revealed the top 20 dishes Brits regularly fail to serve perfectly on every occasion – because they are burnt, undercooked or hard to deliver to the table at the same time. Eggs prove particularly baffling, as omelette, scrambled eggs and poached eggs are all often served up too runny, stuck to the pan, undercooked or over-boiled. Other dishes Brits regularly cremate or serve raw are pizza, Yorkshire puddings and Victoria sponge.

The poll of 2,000 adults shows the average person will endure a cooking disaster at least three times a month (36 meals ruined across the course of one year). Speaking on behalf of Sharp Home Appliances which conducted the research, UK Sales and Marketing Director, Andy Warren says, “Our researchers discovered many adults are suffering mishaps in the kitchen on a regular basis, often because they’re rushing things and don’t have the time to spend poring over recipes or getting the correct settings on the oven. Distractions such as the children, the television, work and even the pet dog can make concentrating on the one matter in hand difficult. And this is why we can understand why many adults stick to the same meals day in and day out for ease and speed.”

The study shows six in 10 British adults rarely deviate from their repertoire of familiar dishes because they usually go wrong if they try to cook anything else. This means the average family will eat approximately six meals on rotation, to lower the number of cooking disasters in the home.

Three in 10 cooks will often serve up mushy pasta or rice, while one in six will often burn the edges of a dish but discover it is still raw in the middle. Adding too much salt, sugar or spice are other common mistakes, as are serving something raw or soggy by accident leaving 15% of respondents to burst into tears as a result of the dinner being inedible, and 26% resorting to getting a takeaway.

Warren says, “We understand that most people don’t have time to learn all of the settings on their kitchen appliances, and need to be able to knock up healthy and nutritious meals in minutes. Our aim at Sharp is to make cooking easy, fun and enjoyable for everyone. This is why all of our major domestic appliances are easy to use and maintain.”

Top 10 disaster dishes:
1. Soufflé
2. Yorkshire puddings
3. Roast dinner
4. Omelette
5. Scrambled eggs
6. Poached eggs
7. Victoria sponge
8. Toad in the hole
9. Lasagne
10. Pasta carbonara

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