Bringing Back Sunday Lunch

Do you remember a time when people still had lunch?  I mean proper lunch, not just “I picked up some crackers and cheese on the run” type lunch. Lunch that took time, lunch that included (god help us) conversation.   I must admit I am starting to think that the whole institution is being made a mockery of.   We are so busy all the time what with husbands and children and work and friends (and if you are one of the lucky few – time for yourself) that the idea of sitting down to a leisurely spread with good wines and amusing anecdotes can seem a guilty pleasure.

I have some friends who are Jewish, and every Friday evening they celebrate with their families over a fabulous spread (religious aspect aside).  All the members of the family, no matter what they do for the rest of the week, make it a point to rock up for Friday dinner.   This is the idea I want for my family.  Taking time to sit down, eat, gossip and enjoy each others company, friends and family more than welcome – the more the merrier!! I love to cook for a crowd.

I presently make it point to try & have dinner together however this is not always possible in our house what with a shift working hubby and small children who tend to go feral (like all must do) when it comes to arsenic hour.  When I was a teenager a bunch of us would always gather at one particular friends’ house Tuesday evenings to watch Friends (yes, I know).  Mrs L would always, no matter how many of us there were and plenty of times there were 6 or more, make her magic dinner pot swell (just like Strega Nonna) so that all of us would be fed.  Looking back I have no idea how she managed to do this, what with 5 girls and a husband to feed in the first place.   I shudder to think what we did to her grocery bill!

Getting really technical for a moment, it is actually better for you to have a long lunch.  Having the nice big meal in the middle of the day ensures plenty of time for your food to go down before you hit the sack (and a I’m sure a few glasses of plonk would help too!).  I used to have Sunday Lunch….back before children came along, when I had Saturdays free, a brand new mortgage my only major bill and therefore lots of available cash to spend on things like grain-fed quails and $50 bottles of wine.  Ahh how times change!

I’m now on a mission to bring back the humble Sunday Lunch.  Be it a simple roast chicken, a beef wellington and with all the trimmings that took you half of Saturday or even those (delectable) grain-fed quail with tarragon cream sauce, the time is now. Everybody with me please say Aye!

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Comments

  1. Couldn’t agree more! One of my new year’s resolutions for 2011 was to ensure we had a quarterly family bbq lunch. I’m pleased to report that we’ve had two so far which have been absolutely great, and will probably have a third, leaving the fourth as the christmas get together.

    • Nice going Leigh! Glad to hear you are blazing ahead! As for me…I have got as far as purchasing a lovely leg of pork and putting it in the freezer! My Hubby is working for the next few sundays so we will have to wait…

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