Sunday roast brings back happy memories
The Sunday roast is the meal most likely to evoke childhood memories, a report revealed yesterday. The staple family weekend dinner beat off stiff competition from shepherd’s pie, rice pudding and egg and chips to claim the title. More than one in two of those polled said the roast cooking in the oven and the laying of the table on a Sunday lunchtime sparked childhood memories. The top 20 meals emerged following a study carried out by the Cathedral City cheese firm.
Angel Delight came sixth, while family favourites such as beef stew and dumplings filled seventh, with toad-in-the-hole at eighth.
The research placed cheese on toast in ninth place, while beans on toast completed the top ten.
Jackie Wilson, of Cathedral City, said: "It's great to see good old traditional meals like steak and kidney pie, macaroni cheese and beef stew and dumplings amongst the nation's favourite home-cooked meals."
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The study also revealed almost half of Brits (47 per cent) look forward to going home to their parent's to enjoy their favourite childhood meal because it takes them back to a happy time in their lives,
While 55 per cent said they cook it when they are feeling down to try and cheer themselves up.
Cottage pie, bubble and squeak and fish fingers and chips also featured in the top twenty.
Researchers also found that 44 per cent said a meal was most likely to remind them of their childhood simply because it was their favourite dish growing up.
Another 32 per cent said it was because it was their mum's speciality meal to cook for them, while almost one in ten said they used to help their mum or dad make it.
A cheeky 35 per cent even admitted that when they get home, they always pester their mum to make their favourite childhood dish for them again.
The study also revealed that 55 per cent of people have tried to recreate their favourite childhood meal as an adult, but a third admit they can't get it to taste as good as it did when they were younger.
And 38 per cent of men have asked their wife or girlfriend to try to recreate a popular dish from their past, and while 40 per cent said it didn't match their mum's version, a brave 22 per cent reckon it was nicer.
Almost six in ten parents also cook the meal that reminds them the most of their childhood with their own children, with 45 per cent of those saying it has now become their child's favourite dish too.
TOP 20 CHILDHOOD REMINDERS
1. Roast dinner
2. Shepherd's Pie
3. Rice pudding
4. Egg and chips
5. Bangers and mash
6. Angel Delight
7. Beef Stew and dumplings
9. Cheese on toast
10. Beans on toast
11. Cottage pie
12. Bubble and Squeak
13. Fish fingers and chips
14. Sausage, chips and beans
15. Arctic roll
16. Banana sandwiches
17. Pork chops
18. Steak and kidney pie
19. Macaroni cheese
20. Cheese sandwiches