Average UK mum relies on 9 recipes to feed family

Mon Nov 16, 2009 11:35am EST
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - The average British mother relies on just nine different meals to feed her family, a study has found.

Food product company Merchant Gourmet polled 4,000 Britons to discover that hectic lifestyles, fussy children and partners who work long hours mean mothers are stuck in a rut when it comes to experimenting in the kitchen.

Nine in 10 mothers polled admitted cooking the same meals over and over again while one in four made the same meals on the same day of the week.

The most common meal was spaghetti Bolognese followed by roast dinners, a shepherd's or cottage pie and a pasta dish.

"It's not surprising, given the demands of modern family life, that home cooks revert back to the recipes they know and love," a spokesman for Merchant Gourmet said in a statement.

"People are put off experimenting with new meals and ingredients as they're convinced it will be time-consuming or expensive.

The study also highlighted the rise of the fussy family.

"A massive 81 percent of respondents claimed they have to make two or more meals every night and 23 percent said they would stick to the same meals because their children are fussy eaters," the spokesman said.

The survey also found that dinner time takes the average mother 35 minutes from start to finish, and four in 10 mothers play safe by choosing meals they know their family like.   Continued...

<p>A waitress serves a meal in a file photo. REUTERS/Nicky Loh</p>