London: A survey has found that one in twenty British women do not know how to boil an egg or prepare a cooked breakfast.
The poll of 2,000 men and women commissioned by the Good Food channel revealed that a typical female can cook only seven dishes from scratch, half as many as their mums were able to serve up.
The survey further revealed that one in six struggles with basic cooking, more than one in five women struggle with a basic curry, one in six cannot bake a cake, and one in ten has never cooked a roast.
Around half admitted that their mothers would have easily fixed up any of those dishes, while one in ten women can cook fewer than three meals without looking at a recipe book or asking for help.
Eight in ten admitted cooking the same dishes over and over again. Fussy children, hectic lifestyles and keeping costs down were blamed for them being “stuck in a rut”.
More than 50 percent of women surveyed admitted their “other half’s a better cook” and one in ten are either too busy or working late to get home in time.
“The research shows how busy lifestyles and a lack of culinary know-how are impacting on the dishes we feel confident to cook,” the Daily Mail quoted Good Food spokesman Roopa Gulati as saying.
“Everyone is increasingly pushed for time, and women in particular are finding it harder than ever to balance work and home lives.
“Many are resorting to quick fixes in the kitchen, rather than cooking from scratch,” she stated.