The “Traditional English Sunday Roast” is a British main meal, consisting of roasted meat, potatoes, and accompaniments such as Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, vegetables, and gravy. Vegetables can be parsnips, corn, Brussels sprouts, peas, carrots, beans, broccoli, cauliflower or leeks, accompanied by a cheddar cheese sauce and gravy. Its prominence in British culture is such that in a UK poll it was ranked #2 in a list of things people love about Britain. It’s also a popular dish in the Republic of Ireland.
“I remember when I was 16, I was playing one of my first shows with my band. Everything was going horribly, and this was in Ireland, so people were throwing vegetables at us. So I said into the microphone: ‘We’re having difficulties right now, we’ll be right back.’ And when I walked off the stage, my dad was standing there. And instead of commenting on the show, he said: 'Great job. You couldn’t have made a more professional exit.’”