Millions of Brits have family favourite recipes handed down through the generations including stews, curries and pies.

Research of 2,000 adults revealed 54 per cent are using recipes given to them by their elders, with soups and pasta bakes also favourites across the country.

While the average household uses three recipes given from family members on a regular basis – with 76 per cent having received pearls of wisdom from older generations, too.

Wise words such as ‘clean as you go’, ‘taste as you’re cooking’ and ‘never waste ingredients’ have been advised by family.

While 23 per cent look forward to handing down recipes to their younger family one day.

Onken Natural Set yoghurt, which commissioned the study, have teamed up with presenter and dad of two Marvin Humes to host Family Recipe Day on Sunday May 16, where families can share their ‘legendairy’ recipes.

Marvin said: “When you get the chance to cook or bake and eat together, it’s always about more than just food.

“I remember cooking and baking with my mum and dad, my dad was also a chef so we cooked a lot.

“I’d like to pass that feeling to my kids, whether it’s through one of my favourite recipes or a new one we create together.”

The study also revealed family dishes have the power to evoke happy memories with loved ones according to 41 per cent.

While 30 per cent put everything they know in the kitchen down to older generations helping them craft their skills.

Nearly half (47 per cent) have a recipe passed down the generations that is important to their family, though 32 per cent don’t – but wish they did.

Family recipes can be secretive, and 40 per cent fear their favourite could be lost in the mists of time if they don’t get the chance to learn them.

Such recipes rely on tried and tested techniques and secret ingredients – 24 per cent of adults said they substitute a traditional ingredient.

While 41 per cent of those polled via OnePoll add ‘something extra’, like yogurt or a savoury sauce, and 44 per cent utilise very particular kitchen equipment to make their family favourites.

Nearly half (47 per cent) said such dishes make them feel connected to their family, while 29 per cent said these meals keep them connected to their culture.

More than a third (34 per cent) said handing down a recipe is like handing down an heirloom.

Share your recipe by 16th May 2021 using #OnkenLegendairy on Facebook or Instagram and you could win a Zoom cook-along with Marvin Humes and a place in a virtual Family Recipe cookbook.

Find out more – and see terms and conditions – at


1.       Roast dinner
2.       Stew
3.       Shepherd’s pie
4.       Soup
5.       Casserole
6.       Cottage pie
7.       Spaghetti Bolognese
8.       Chicken curry
9.       Loaf cake
10.   Steak pie
11.   Corned beef hash
12.   Lasagne
13.   Macaroni cheese
14.   Chicken pie
15.   Omelette
16.   Pasta bake
17.   Chicken and rice
18.   Sausage and mash
19.   Chili con carne
20.   Soda bread

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