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American Woman Divides The Internet With Her Attempt At A British Roast Dinner

American Woman Divides The Internet With Her Attempt At A British Roast Dinner

If there's one thing us Brits know how to do, it's a good roast dinner. And when we see one that doesn't quite fit the bill, well, it can be a little unnerving.

Which is why one American woman divided the internet after spending a whole day trying to master the classic British roast.

Megan was determined to make a classic British roast dinner (Credit: Caters News and Media)
Megan was determined to make a classic British roast dinner (Credit: Caters News and Media)

Megan Torres-York, 36, from New Jersey, US, was inspired to try her hand at a roast dinner after joining a Facebook group for family dinner hacks.

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She had been constantly scrolling through British parents' roast dinner posts and in an effort to get involved, she spent an entire day perfecting the dish, including roast chicken, roast potatoes, parsnips, gravy, carrots and cauliflower and broccoli cheese.

Although Megan's family - husband Matthew, 37 and daughter Charlie, 12 - thought the meal was delicious, when Megan posted it on the Facebook group, it had quite the roasting itself, with Brits having a problem with the broccoli cheese and lack of mash in particular.

Facebook users took particular issue with the broccoli cheese (Credit: Caters News and Media)
Facebook users took particular issue with the broccoli cheese (Credit: Caters News and Media)

"I kept seeing these roast dinners on the group and couldn't believe how giant the meals were," said Megan.

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"Us Americans are supposed to be known for being large, but I had never seen a meal bigger than the roast dinner.

"I made a schedule and wrote the recipes out because the whole process seemed to need a full day's work to get it ready.

"We don't really eat cauliflower cheese here, but broccoli and cheese are a thing so I went with that, I was of course apologetic to the commenters for adding that to the roast.

"Don't get me wrong, it was all good spirited comments, it wasn't mean, but I quickly learnt what not to do."

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Megan said she couldn't believe Brits make a roast every week (Credit: Caters News and Media)
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Megan also explained she couldn't believe Brits find the time to make a roast every week.

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"What I don't understand is how on earth Brits have the time to make this every week, it's the type of meal we have for public holidays like thanksgiving, not just because it's the weekend," she said.

"I had one person comment saying if I was ever in the UK to swing by for a proper roast. It went down really well with my family and they really enjoyed it but if they think I'm making that every week they've got another think coming.

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"The biggest lesson I learnt was to never skip mashed potatoes because everyone was shocked that I didn't have that included, but it's an awful lot of carbs if you have roast potato as well.

"I knew it wouldn't be perfect but I figured it can't be too hard so woke up and cracked on with it.

People were also unhappy about the lack of mash (Credit: Caters News and Media)
People were also unhappy about the lack of mash (Credit: Caters News and Media)

"The one thing I couldn't get was swede, I looked everywhere but for some reason it's hard to get in the US."

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Megan explained she has now learnt just how passionate us Brits are about our mash - and has vowed never to skip the potato dish again.

"I will never forget about mashed potatoes ever again, I never knew Brits were so passionate about their mash," she said.

"I'm going to give it another go in a few weeks, but next time I think I'll try roast beef."

Good luck Megan, we know you can do this!

Featured Image Credit: Caters News and Media

Topics: Life News, Food And Drink, food news

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Lucy Devine

Lucy is a journalist working for Tyla. After graduating with a master's degree in journalism, she has worked in both print and online and is particularly interested in fashion, food, health and women's issues. Northerner, coffee addict, says hun a lot. Get in touch at [email protected]