From the coffee we choose to the shoes we buy, we love a test that reveals how our choices reflect our personality, so we were curious to discover what our Sunday Roast preference revealed about us. Can our choice of meat really predict our personality type and our lifestyle?
That's exactly what a new survey claims to have done. Commissioned by national restaurant group Toby Carvery (who else?!) the results mark British Roast Dinner Week (30 September to 6 October) and celebrates all that's great about a roast dinner.
The study was carried out by Mindlab, an organisation which undertakes specialist research into the psychology and neuroscience of consumer choice and preference. So what did they discover?
Chicken: If you opt for roast chicken, you're likely to be sympathetic, affectionate and helpful. You're also willing to compromise in an argument. Geographically, people who prefer roast chicken are found all over the UK, but are particularly concentrated in the North East. That'd be our girl Cheryl then.
Turkey: Turkey eaters are organised and conscientious - as well as being disciplined and more resistant to change. If this is you, you're more likely to favour comfortable clothing (yoga pants, FTW!) and be one of the quieter people in your circle of friends. K-Stew/Bella Swan - we're looking at you.
Lamb: Lamb is most popular among students (we've heard mint sauce does wonders for a hangover), and people who choose this meat have a tendency to be more extroverted than others. We'd put bets on this being the roast of choice for miss Miley Cyrus.
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Pork: According to the study, those with a penchant for pork are more likely to be couch potatoes, with this group being the least likely to take part in sports. Chilled out and easy going is your nature, like comedian Sarah Millican.
Beef: If you live in the South East, beef is your meat of choice. Beef lovers are keen sports-doers (Well you've got to work off those roasties don't you?) We reckon the lithe and lovely (and keen snowboarder) Cara Delevingne would be a fan.
Potatoes: If you prefer your tatties mashed, you're outgoing, enthusiastic and energetic. Roast potato lovers are more likely to be sensitive and intellectually curious with music playing an important role in their day-to-day life. Meanwhile, boiled potatoes are the top choice for people who are more likely to watch sport than take part.
Veggies: What are you filling your plate with? Pea-people are generous and open to new experiences, while cauliflower cheese aficionados are conservative and less amenable to change. Those partial to a parsnip are more likely to be optimistic, laid-back, calm and less vulnerable to stress, whereas red cabbage eaters are more likely to be self-absorbed and spontaneous with a tendency for unpredictable behaviour. Love reading? It's carrots all the way.
Yorkshire puddings: Interesting correlation, this: The more yorkies you pile on your plate, the more likely you are to rate watching TV as your favourite thing to do in your spare time.
What do you think?
TRADITIONAL SUNDAY ROAST PORK & CRACKLING
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