Summer or winter, rain or shine, it didn't matter.
On Sunday evenings at 5:00 pm - an hour before the Wonderful World of Disney came on - the dining room table would be set and we'd sit down to a roast.
Pork, beef, chicken, or ham - my mom alternated week by week. Sometimes it would just be immediate family, but more often than not, we had company. And in our house, company was, and still is, a big deal.
A time to gather with friends and family. To express our appreciation and love with a few laughs, a glass of wine, and a beautifully prepared meal.
Each week I was allowed to invite a friend to join us or we would be invited out. I have so many fond memories of trying different varieties of roast and potatoes at the houses of friends. Because roast, like love, is individual to the cook. And though I always enjoyed dinner elsewhere, I always secretly believed my mom's was the best.
Didn't we all?
I guess that's why I've become interested in the cooking and the sharing of food as an adult.To me it's about so much more than eating - it's about tradition. Creating memories that your adult children will one day look back on with fondness and nostalgia...
Evenings spent around the kitchen table, the smell of bread rising, of having a warm cookie right out of the oven with a glass of milk.
There are no substitutes for good food. And a cookie from out of a bag just isn't the same.
In an uncertain world, the certainty of small things - a homemade pie, baby beets you canned from the garden, roast beef dinner - maybe all we have to reconnect to each other, our sense of home and community, and, finally, to ourselves.
This week for Sunday dinner I made one of the classic meals my mom prepared and served throughout my life. It's not fancy, but food doesn't have to be fancy to taste good.
The printable recipes can all be accessed here:
- Garlic Herb Rubbed Sirloin Tip Roast and Roasted Vegetables
- Nutty Fruity Coleslaw Salad
- Yorkshire Pudding
- Mushroom Pan Gravy
Here's the step by step video for putting together a really great Sunday dinner of your own...
Lyndsay Wells is a professional trainer, writer, and program developer with a passion for food and cooking. She is an award winning recipe developer, and a website ambassador for Kraft Foods Canada. Lyndsay believes cooking should be approachable and easy and has great tips and ideas for putting together sophisticated looking dishes that cooks of all levels can accomplish.
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