Brits are experimenting with cooking making 'leftover surprise' as they try and stave off boredom in the lockdown

BRITS are being more adventurous in the kitchen as they try and stave off boredom by whipping up exotic dishes using what they’ve got in their cupboards. 

More free time in the lockdown coupled with bare supermarket shelves has seen people experiment more with food, leading to some interesting creations.

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A study into the UK’s cooking habits revealed that wannabe chefs are rustling up their own Italian, Indian, Japanese and Mexican food now that takeaways and restaurants have closed. 

More than half admitted to trying to recreate a dish from abroad, using bold flavours such as Miso paste, Wasabi, soy sauce, ginger and chillies.

Bonnie Chung, founder of Japanese home cooking brand Miso Tasty, which commissioned the research into 2,000 adults said: “This survey shows there is a real thirst at the moment for innovative cooking with great flavours.

“We are seeing an emergence of people who are passionate about food, unafraid to experiment with scratch cooking to either replicate dishes they’ve enjoyed abroad, or to put a little twist on their home comforts.

“It can be hard to find the right ingredients to get that flavour you know you’ve tasted and liked elsewhere, but reassuringly Brits seem excited to try new pastes and sauces.”

And it seems attitudes to world food have changed as well, with just under half of those polled admitting to becoming more experimental with their meals since the lockdown. 

Ingredients at the back of the cupboard, including marmite, lemon zest, miso paste and garlic paste, have been dug out by hungry Brits to try and spice up their cooking,

But it hasn’t all been gourmet creations, with some amateur chefs naming their concoctions ‘closing down sale’, ‘hotchpotch’, ‘lockdown surprise’, ‘leftover surprise’ and ‘mish mash’. 


The nation's top food inventions in lockdown

1. Closing down sale
2. Hotchpotch
3. Lockdown surprise
4. Leftover surprise
5. Mish mash
6. Mum’s modge pot
7. Meltdown Mix
8. Kitchen sink soup
9. Stuff in a salad
10. Fried supergetti

Bonnie added: “The great thing about having staple ingredients in your cupboard, such as miso paste, soy sauce, or Worcestershire sauce, is that even on days where other foodstuffs seem sparse, you can cobble together something really delicious.

“Having a well-stocked spice and condiments cupboard can mean leftovers and freezer staples can be turned into something surprisingly tasty.”

“We see it as our mission is to change the perception that Japanese food can be difficult to create and encourage more people to try miso paste in dishes – so inventive home cooks have more options up their sleeve when it comes to rustling up delicious meals.”

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