Once it was the only day of the week when the family would all sit down together for a meal. But enjoying a Sunday roast dinner is now a thing of the past with just one in 50 Britons tucking in every week, a new study has revealed. Research suggests the traditional family meal is dying out with only two per cent sitting down together, while nearly half of us (43 per cent) eat our dinner on the sofa. Nearly a third (32 per cent) prefer quick meals that take less than 20 minutes to prepare and cook. Researchers found
Well, I for one have a roast in right now. Smells good. I´ll add mashed potatoes and brown gravy and the last of the corn on the cob. I also made homemade bread yesterday. As a kid we always had a big Sunday meal and I just keep going with that tradition. I must admit that I am cooking for three and not a house full of kids My roast was on sale so it wasn´t too expensive and I will use it for more than one meal. But groceries are expensive and it could cost an arm and a leg to do it up right if you had several mouths to feed. But remember we are constantly being told that there is no inflation and grocery buying is not a problem. Does anyone in DC understand what it is like to live in the "real world"?
I think the dwindling of Sunday dinner has to do with the dwindling of church attendance by families. We came home from church to find the roast and vegetables in the oven perfectly done and ready to be enjoyed. Or, my mother would fry a couple of chickens. My brothers and I preferred the fried chicken. Sunday church attendance isn´t a widespread habit in this nation any more and we have suffered from the lack.
I think the fading of Sunday dinner may also be in our hearts. Neither my mother nor grandmother were great cooks, but boy could they bake! And make candy. I find I can put together a great meal in under 30 minutes. I think we have a better selection of foods and prep methods today. Families get together after sports on Saturday. I have some unpleasant memories of family dinners as well. I think its important to cherish what we have rather than pine for what was an illusion for many.
#3, Washington is always in its own bubble, especially the Democrats. The mystery is why the MSM is so slavish? Don´t they have homes to heat, mouths to feed and gas tanks to fill? Are their kids somehow landing great jobs righ out of college? They don´t gain anything by being the Democrats´ propaganda machine, but yet they are, despite all the hardships they must feel and see. It´s crazy!
In our family, it was fried chicken. If during hunting season, it might be quail, squirrel, or rabbit. There was no Sunday evening meal as Mother had already fixed one major meal for the day, Sunday evening was for grabbing leftovers, and popcorn, lots of popcorn.
Every family meal should be as much of an occasion as you can make it. How much trouble is it to set the dinner table nicely and prepare a healthy, tasty meal? My mother managed it with four kids underfoot, and we all carry on that tradition. And we work.
One of my best childhood memories...pancakes after Sunday Mass and then ´roast beast´ with mashed potatoes for dinner, followed by The Wonderful World of Disney at 7 pm. Grandma would come over and bring See´s Candies. Ah...good times.
I have a good memory of preparing/serving a beef roast just about every Sunday, after church, paying only about $2.00 that served 15 people - myself, husband, 12 children. Even had leftovers with lots of gravy and mashed potatoes or bone and meat for soup - always enjoyed leftovers and thankful for them. We never charged anything, but paid our bills and only bought what we could afford.
Times have changed! We pay too much and get so little! Would that we could return to the 50s and 60s, when God was honored/obeyed and we chose to live according to His Word, praying for our leaders, trusting them to only do what was right!
When we trusted God, He supplied our needs, just as His Holy Word confirms.
Today we are "dependent" upon government for everything from cradle to the grave!
About time we stand up for God´s will/way!
America has lots its way. Political-correctness has replaced good common sense and God´s favor which is promised to those who obey Him.
Most of the government laws are contrary to God´s will. We have lost our innocence and chosen to live independently of God´s will/way!
Today is a wake-up call for America to remember what we took for granted and now make a stand for the righteousness we once experienced!
Bring back the Sunday roast, shared with family/friends!
And as long as we´re having a combination nostalgia and kvetch-fest, don´t you yearn for the days when people dressed up to go to church? Actually, the vast majority of people in my neck of the woods do dress nicely for Sunday services, and for temple on Friday, but sweet heaven, I´ve been some places where people turn up looking as if they´d just cleaned the garage. And kids still in their pajamas? Please.
Guess I´m getting old and my math is bad or I just need to proof-read what I write. I have 13 children and with husband and me equaled 15, now 47 grandchildren and thankful for all of them - God´s blessings! That Sunday roast was a vital part of our lives and always enjoyed and remembered!
When my 2 kids were in school (grad ´02 and ´04) we had their friends stay for dinner at times. It shocked them that we actually sat down together and ate dinner as a family. I cannot imagine not cooking a meal. Even with just the two of us now I almost always have a planned meal every night. And try to have the entire 4 generations here at least once/month - my 87 yr old parents, daughter, son-in-law, grandson, and son. Sometimes have son in for dinner during the week since he drives right past on his way home from work.
We as a nation are poorer spiritually for not sitting down together as families and eating together, whenever, even if it is not a big Sunday roast.
We had brunch after church when I was growing up. We´d often stop by the donut shop on the way home and it would be the side for the scrambled eggs and bacon or sausage. Sometimes my dad would make corned beef hash and eggs (my favorite!). Then we´d all go our different ways and usually meet back up for soup and sandwiches at supper.
We don´t do that. We do go to church together, but meal time is scattered. It´s just the way it is.
I stopped back to let you know the beef roast turned out tender and juicy but the gravy was a bit salty. The bread was great. We will have apple pie a bit later. I think fried chicken next weekend. My son´s fiance is always amazed that I cook. No one had ever cooked for her before. It was drive-in carry-out or microwave. Now that schools no longer have Home Ec I doubt most kids could crack an egg. If you ask them if they can cook they say yes. "I can make microwave popcorn". Get dressed up, pop a roast in the oven, go to church, house smells good when you get home, have choc. cake and ice cream, enjoy your family. Happy Sunday to everyone.
When I was a kid Mom used to make a Sunday dinner every week, and started working on it right after church. Every now and then it was a real treat to have a standing rib roast with Yorkshire pudding (pastery made in the juices) and with her home-made pies, boy was it ever good! As a father blessed with a great wife, we always had home cooked dinners all through the week with the kids. We don´t do the roast on Sundays, but - #18 - I usually made breakfast on Saturdays and/or Sundays - eggs, bacon, or buckwheat pancakes, belgian waffles, omelets, etc. We didn´t realize how unusual that was until the kids told us that most families eat out, and fast-food it a lot at that! It was an important part of the family to gather together and talk, and still is. As a result the kids know how to plan, shop and cook for themselves and enjoy it.
I live alone and I still cook because it´s not only more tasty, and I can control the fat and sodium content but it is far cheaper. That roast becomes a week´s worth of sandwiches, homemade hash and the bone goes into the stockpot for homemade soup. Those premade microwave entrees can cost $4-5 each and some of the pasts based entrees often have less than $.50 worth of ingredients in them- if you know how to cook.
No. 7: that was my experience as well. Mama cooked exactly 19 meals per week: 3 a day Monday through Saturday and Sunday dinner. Boxed cereal Sunday morning and fend for yourself Sunday night--leftover Jello, cake, coffee cake, pie. Sunday was pot roast or roast poultry of some kind, with half a dozen sides. All this was comforting because it was predictable! Heavenly!! Somebody said it before me, and I paraphrase: Hell is a place where nobody´s cooking and nobody´s home.
Usually roast w/potatoes and carrots right out of the oven after church, which was oh so good. But my favorite this time of year was to come home after the Sunday drive in the country to see the leaves to mom´s kidney stew or navy bean soup. I still have church and dinners, pancakes for breakfast once a week, bacon and eggs once within every 10 days. It has not died, it´s just that some people don´t know how to live.
That´s ´cause Sunday roast has been replaced by Sunday grill´n! Fire-up the briquettes and get the meats ready! Lather squash, ears of corn, and potatoes in butter and wrap them in aluminum foil, then put them on the highest rack in the back for a long cook with the meats. Yum!
#16, same at our house. The young people we occasionally host are agog that the whole family sits down and eats dinner together. Several have commented that in their families, everyone either gets their own takeout or nukes something in the microwave.
In our house, you´re expected to be at the dinner table unless you have school or work or a social obligation. It might be ordinary fare, but we eat together as a family almost every night.
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