Sunday, 19 February 2012

Sunday Roast Dinner

The origins of the Sunday Roast are believed to go back to Industrial Revolution times. Apparently, Yorkshire families would put a joint of meat in the oven, (usually beef) before they went to Sunday church service. The meat would cook slowly, and by the time the family arrived home at lunchtime, the meat would be ready for serving.
These days, the traditional Sunday Roast dinner is eaten predominantly in the UK, the USA, Australia and New Zealand.
There is no limit the choices available, however the most popular are topside of beef, shoulder of pork, leg of lamb and roast chicken. All of this would traditionally be served with roast potatoes and a selection of seasonal vegetables. If fact, the Sunday roast could be seen as slightly less grand version of a traditional Christmas dinner.
It takes a considerable amount of domestic cooking skill, flair and experience to have all the elements, with their separate cooking and preparation methods and timings, ready together to serve at their best, especially to a large gathering.

As I write this post, there is a long standing question running through my head. It's something that I've thought about for many years, and maybe now someone can help answer it for me.
Why do British tourist go looking for a Sunday Roast dinner when on their holiday abroad?
Why would someone want to eat this type of meal, delicious or not, in 30 degree heat? Why would someone not want to try the fresh flavours of the locality that they have chosen to live for the holiday period?
Did you know that 50% of British tourists will shy away from local cuisine in favour of fish'n'chips English breakfasts and Sunday Roast dinner? If someone is so keen to eat British food at any opportunity, they could save themselves the hassle of a long and expensive flight, then head down to their local pub or carvery where they will happily re-create their favourite roast.
I love cooking and serving Sunday Roast dinner, but remember that there is a time and a place for everything!

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