How to Cook a Traditional English Roast / by Amanda Liew

Wednesday night, my beyond wonderful flat decided to make a traditional English roast! It was so nice having a home cooked meal that wasn’t pasta (pretty much the only thing I cook) and hanging out together. I learned so much!

How to Cook a Traditional English Roast

The Menu

Main Dish: Roasted Chicken
Side Dishes: Baked Vegetables, Roasted Potatoes, Stuffing
Dessert: Steamed Pears with Creme & Chocolate

Main Dish: Roasted Chicken
I actually didn’t help with this dish (I was late thanks to the wonders of Primark shopping - more on that later), but Louise & Nik handled it like total pros! Here’s the final result:

Nik carving the chicken hahah:

Side Dish 1: Baked Vegetables

  1. Cut parsnip and carrots into “baton” slivers. Turns out I’ve mistakenly thought parsnip was an herb for about 20 years of my life. Turns out that’s parsley….
  2. Separate garlic into its little cloves. You can leave it in it’s thin shell.
  3. Cut onions
  4. Mix all the vegetables in oil and sprinkle with rosemary. Drizzle honey on top. Francesca, Ena, and Olivia after mixing everything together:
  5. Put it in the oven to bake!

Side Dish 2: Roasted Potatoes

  1. Peel potatoes (Ena handled this like a pro!)
  2. Wash potatoes
  3. Steam potatoes
  4. Put the potatoes in the oven with some oil

    Louise serving the yummy potatoes - she was the real mastermind behind the whole roast!

Side Dish 3: Stuffing - the easiest one of all!

  1. Buy a packet of stuffing hahah
  2. Mix with water
  3. Form the stuffing into balls
  4. Bake in the oven!
  5. Enjoy the yummy crispyness

Dessert: Steamed Pears with Creme & Chocolate

  1. Peel the pears
  2. Cut the pears in half
  3. Steam them (supposedly you can microwave them too!)
  4. Whip up cream until it is relatively thick and fluffy
  5. Crush Maltesers into small chunks - not too fine
  6. Mix the Malteser chunks into the creme
  7. Melt some dark chocolate
  8. Put a dollop of the creme on top of the pear and drizzle with dark chocolate

Somehow, Beccy and Olivia decided that they would dress up in a pirate outfit and scrubs, respectively, so of course the rest of us followed suit with whatever ridiculousness we could find in our closets. Getting in the spirit of Halloween early I suppose!

Me & Olivia: so serious it hurts

Beccy as a pirate:

Flat 61!

Overall, the meal was absolutely delicious, and so much fun. We’ve decided we need to do more family dinners in our flat! It’s so nice to have a home away from home :) Love them all!