Ocado reveals the international ingredients, which are inspiring the nation post-holiday season – Retail Times


As the summer months draw to an end, Ocado reveals that over 50% of the nation are tackling the holiday blues by replicating their favourite holiday dishes back at home.

When it comes to post-holiday palates, Brits have clearly got a taste for the Med, as Spanish and Italian prove the most popular cuisines to recreate at home, with Chinese and Greek also featuring high on the list. Pizza, pasta, Greek salad and tapas proved to be the most popular dishes, with jollof, tagine, pad thai and biryani also making appearances in the top 20.

46% of the nation say they’re more adventurous in the kitchen than they were three years ago, and half  (49%) are looking to expand their food horizons. Plantain, paella rice and snails were cited as the ingredients Brits were most eager to cook with on returning from holiday.

Olives, feta and rice noodles were among the top ingredients added to the nation’s shopping baskets, as 48% said their loved ones had ‘begged’ them to whip up a holiday dish for a weeknight treat.

Over half of the nation admitted trying to impress family and friends with their ‘exotic’ cooking, but things didn’t always go to plan, with 68% revealing their first attempt had been a complete flop.

Lisa McDowell, brand director at Ocado Retail, said: “Food is central to many people’s holidays, with friends and family coming together to indulge in delicious meals in scenic settings. Once we return home, those meals are often one of the things we miss most, and so recreating these dishes helps us to reminisce and keep that holiday spirit alive.”

Data also reveals one fifth of us have chosen a holiday destination purely based on the food, and half (49%) say they enjoy learning new things about food, such as where it comes from and how it’s prepared.

For 21% of restless travellers, their biggest concern ahead of returning home was having no food in the house, as 41% admit to doing their online food shop from the comfort of their sun loungers. 

Yet despite Brits’ newfound desire to get experimental, 54% of those surveyed said they’d visited specialist food stores to buy ingredients they didn’t think they’d be able to find in traditional supermarkets, and 42% had struggled to find something in UK shops that they wanted to include in an international dish.

McDowell added: “It seems many of us are becoming more adventurous in the kitchen – with travel playing a big part in this. It can be frustrating when you struggle to find the specialist ingredients you’ve enjoyed on holiday after returning home, but luckily Ocado can help. Our diverse range of international products and ingredients will help you on your way to recreating those idyllic holiday dining experiences from the comfort of your home.”

TOP 20 HOLIDAY DISHES BRITS HAVE TRIED TO RECREATE AT HOME

1.     Pasta

2.     Pizza

3.     Greek salad

4.     Spanish tapas

5.     Paella

6.     Thai green or red curry

7.     Jollof rice

8.     Tacos

9.     Peri-Peri chicken

10.  Pad Thai 

11.  Mexican burritos

12.  French-style cheese board

13.  Jamaican jerk chicken

14.  Moroccan tagine

15.  Biryani

16.  Korean chicken 

17.  Greek gyros

18.  Sushi

19.  Vindaloo curry

20.  Greek mezze





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As the summer months draw to an end, Ocado reveals that over 50% of the nation are tackling the holiday blues by replicating their favourite holiday dishes back at home. When it comes to post-holiday palates, Brits have clearly got a taste for the Med, as Spanish and Italian prove the most popular cuisines to…