Frozen sliced mushrooms, frozen diced onion, new potatoes in a tin and now ready-made scrambled eggs. Are we becoming a nation of lazy food hating individuals?
Britain used to have a thriving food culture, with Sunday lunches being a sit-down occasion with all the family and dinner being served from the oven onto a dining room table. Now, Sunday lunches have been replaced with sandwiches and dinner out of a tin served on trays in front of the TV.
What happened to great British food? We have plenty of TV chefs and cookery shows explaining how to cook and what wonderful foods you can create in your kitchen, yet in 2017, 79 million ready meals were eaten by adults in the UK.
Is it pure laziness or are we actually struggling to cook good food at home for us and our loved ones?
Iceland surveyed 1,000 people and found that 13% of students don’t know how to boil an egg. They don’t know how to put an egg in boiling water and leave it for 10-12 minutes before taking it out and removing the shell.
Adding further insult to injury, 26% of 18-34-year-olds don’t know you can freeze bread.
I was shocked by this statistic and turned to my 22-year-old best friend, a girl who has just moved out of her parents’ house and explained my anger. “How can people not know you can freeze bread! And how can so many people just throw it away when there are people outside starving” Her reply was short and shocking. “I didn’t know you could freeze bread”.
Unlike most 22-year-olds, I do have a fascination with food, the mere thought of any unwanted food going in the bin fills me with anger and disappointment. Looking around I feel slightly alone in this.
Walking down the high street you can see people wandering around with bags of food dripping in oil and crumbling sausages rolls ruining their jumper as they run with breakfast on their way to work.
I asked my old University lecturer about this one day. Having lived all over the world, he posted an interesting point. Europeans and some countries further afield like India, treat food with far more respect than we do. They’d never walk along the road eating and dinner? Well, that’s a family meal eaten together.
He’s not wrong either. My time spent in Belgium changed my perspective on food. I’d never dream of consuming food outside of my home or a cafe. Dinner wouldn’t be eaten on my lap, but at a table with some good conversation.
Europeans treat food as something to be enjoyed, bringing the family together. You learn cooking skills from your parents then pass those skills down to your children.
So parents, if you’re sending your child off to University or they’re just moving out, please, teach them basic cookery skills, especially scrambled eggs.