Growing up we ate the biggest Sunday lunches ever. My Mommy really outdid herself and it was like a feast!
A typical Sunday lunch would consist of roasted chicken and potatoes, at least 3 types of vegetables (with lots of butter), some savoury rice, a leg of lamb or similar (WITH GRAVY) and there would ALSO be a stew or a curry on the side. There was ALWAYS dessert AND cake or homemade biscuits for the afternoon. It was just the way it was and no one ever questioned it. They just tucked in. Sunday lunches used to be my favourite part of Sundays.
I am not sure if it is a cultural thing or something that only happened in the coloured community but my friends also used to have HUGE Sunday lunches that looked very similar to what I’ve just described.
Fast forward to me now being a Mom and wife and my Sunday lunches look VERY different. I am usually tired on a Sunday and I am not that big on cooking. My DH and kids are not fussy either and I will admit that this has made me lazy. I will admit to serving scrambled eggs on toast for the occasional Sunday lunch. Last week I was also lazy so I did Spagbol. I wouldn’t dare tell my Mom about this because I REALLY don’t think she will be impressed. I will admit to once in a while going all out – when this does happen my DH will usually ask me what’s the occasion.
I usually make ONE dish with vegetables on the side and I do cook triple portions so we can have enough for Sunday AND Monday dinner. I make whatever is in the freezer or whatever I feel like having and occasionally my DH will tell me what he feels like having and then I will make an effort to prepare it for him. There is no traditional dessert – I do a fruit salad with yoghurt or maybe with Ultra Mel custard. Sometimes I buy a Woollies dessert – our favourite is their Malva pudding. There is no roast with trimmings. There are no buttery vegetables.
In Summer we do a braai for lunch (chicken or fish -always snoek) with salad and rolls on the side..
A big part of me misses eating the way I ate as a kid but it’s also a matter of economics. I simply can’t afford to make so much food for one day and I also don’t want to get fat!
Interestingly enough, my Mother still cooks a lot on a Sunday albeit a MUCH healthier version because my Dad is diabetic and she has issues with cholesterol. They are very mindful of what and how they eat and there ain’t no more buttery vegetables in that house. Dessert is also minimal. Economics now also plays a role and there is none of the leg of lamb and homemade cake and biscuits unless it’s a special occasion or they are entertaining.
I recently asked my Mother why she makes so much food on a Sunday. She told me it’s because she knows that I will pop around with the kids on a Sunday afternoon. Isn’t that sweet? She also said that it’s not wasted because they do have it for Sunday and Monday dinner.
This was my Sunday lunch today: Chicken à la king (one of those packet jobs because I happened to have all the ingredients), rice and lots of oven roasted veg on the side. I am busy heating some up now for when we have dinner in a bit. I was also inspired by Marcia and have just made these Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Oats cookies that she had on her Pinterest board. It was NO BAKE which is right up my alley and you can find the original recipe here.
Have I mentioned that I don’t bake anything except the occasional fridge tart at Christmas time? And did I tell you that I only ever baked ONE cake in my life? I did it when I was 18 and it was to impress a boy! It worked. I married him a few years later…
But, I digress. What did you make for lunch today?
Did you have big Sunday lunches growing up?
What does your average Sunday lunch look like?