Australians love their roast

Thursday, June 2, 2005
Roast

Thank you Australia for taking part in our 'Australia's favourite food' survey. More than 3600 online Australians took part and the verdict is in. We now know that the nation's number one food fix is a good old traditional roast with gravy and vegetables.

The Recipe Finder survey showed that 31 percent of Australians agreed roast with veggies was top of their eating agenda, followed by spaghetti bolognese and steak with vegetables. But while a third of the population will bypass convenience food for a good old Sunday roast, the survey also highlighted that Australian tastebuds are split along gender lines.

Looking at the Recipe Finder survey results by gender, it seems men's tastebuds are at the pub, while women's are out to dinner with more gourmet fare. Male respondents were more likely to choose staples like bangers and mash and steak with vegetables, while women were more adventurous, with their top meal choices being mushroom risotto and spaghetti marinara.

Women are also more likely to refer to a recipe than men, with more than half of all male respondents saying they never use a recipe — perhaps reflecting their taste for simple fare like fish and chips.

Australians are spontaneous when it comes to cooking, with almost three quarters saying we only plan our evening meal on the day. We're also creatures of habit, with 44 percent of us eating our favourite meal once a week or so.

And we're not modest when it comes to praising our own culinary talents, with more than half of respondents saying no-one cooks their favourite meal better than themselves.

In regional Australia, mothers and wives are next in line for culinary credit, while husbands and boyfriends get the nod of appreciation in the nation's capital cities.

Throughout the month of June, we'll be featuring Australia's favourite recipes here on recipe finder.

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