Offbeat Video

By Hollie Bone


A Friends mega-fan has recreated Rachel’s iconic meat and onion trifle fail for a Thanksgiving party.

Jennie Young, 38, made a real-life version of series six’s hilarious botched dessert, which comes about after Rachel fails to realise two cookbook pages are stuck together – leading her to include layer of shepherd’s pie filling of beef sautéed with peas and onions in the sweet dish.

Luckily the café worker, from Preston, Lancs, swapped out the meat for chocolate and green sweets to give an identical look so boyfriend Chris Dawson, 41, could wow guests at a Thanksgiving bash he attended on Saturday [Nov 30].

Mum-of-one Jennie had all 236 episodes of the decade-long hit TV show on VHS and said the episode featuring Rachel’s ‘English trifle’ is one of her favourites.

She said: “I’ve always been a huge Friends fan, I had every episode on VHS until it came onto Netflix but I’ve still got a box set of DVDs now, and that episode with the English Trifle is possibly my favourite ever made.

“As soon as we were told we needed to bring a dish to the party it was the first thing I thought of, and I was even going to use real beef and onions until I decided that would be a bit of a waste.

“I shopped around to get everything I needed and I even had the woman at the sweet shop picking out all the green ones from the jar so they looked like peas.

“I couldn’t go to the party in the end because I was ill, but everyone told me it was delicious.

“I’m sure someone at the party must have said ‘it tastes like feet’ at some point!”

After sourcing the perfect trifle bowl which was almost identical to the one used in the series, Jennie also found chocolate shards that looked like beef, green sweets for the peas and used finally chopped tinned pears for the onions.

But the Friends fan didn’t even use a recipe to make the copycat creation and instead relied on the script from the episode where all six friends list the ingredients involved.

In the mammoth trifle, as per the show, first there’s a layer of ladyfingers, then jam, then custard, then raspberries, more ladyfingers, then beef sautéed with peas and onions, then a little bit more custard, then bananas, then whipped cream on top.

Jennie said: “I’m trying to get my 12-year-old son Charlie into Friends but I think it just goes over his head.

“The trifle bowl was so big I had to use a two-tiered Victoria Sponge to fill it and then built up Rachel’s ingredients around the edge.

“I hate custard so I didn’t even try any but Chris’ only complaint was there wasn’t any alcohol in it!”