Rediscover: The Tradition of Sunday Dinners

Anytime is a great time to revive an old tradition in your home. Why not review the tradition of the Sunday Dinner? There is something special about a big meal that ends the weekend and rings in a new week.

Having a meal tradition like the Sunday dinner, particularly during the months of November through June, is very grounding, luxurious meal that gives each week a special occasion to look forward to and can make the end of a weekend seems brighter.

Origin of Sunday Dinner

The history of the Sunday Dinner meal originated in England. The British Sunday Dinner or Sunday Roast as it was called, was the main meal of the week. Served in the early afternoon, at this meal, a roast was typically served with Yorkshire pudding and all the glorious fixings like gravy, vegetable dishes and mashed potatoes. The meal was compared in this culture to Christmas; a less grand version than a holiday meal, but no less wonderful. Perhaps that’s what so exciting about this type of a meal: its rooted in a favored time of year, the Christmas holidays. The meal was typically served each week by the squire to his serfs as a reward for the week’s work. Doesn’t that sound like a great way to reward yourself? There is something deeply comforting in simple rituals like a special weekly meal.

Sunday Dinner: A Luxurious Meal Made Easily

Preparing this meal needn’t be complicated nor too time consuming. Simply cooking the roast in a crock pot is fuss-free. Here’s a look at what a fast version of the meal could look like: Mashed potatoes are just hot water and potatoes cooking. Use your electric or stand blender to mash them. A few steamed vegetables tossed with a bit of butter, salt, pepper and chopped fresh herbs makes fast side dishes. A lovely loaf of fresh bread, sliced, presented in a basket draped with a tea towel and a butter dish on the table. A small dish on the table with a few olives, artichoke hearts and other jarred delights. A grand meal on the plate, but simple to make. And while you wait for the roast to cook, nothing makes the house feel more amazing than the scent of dinner cooking while you go about your day with the anticipation of the great meal to come. This ritual can also be a very social one. Perhaps the Sunday Dinner meeting place is your home and you invite others to join you, whoever is available that week, for your afternoon ritual meal, whether it is family, friends or neighbors. A meal shared around the table together – sounds like a grand Sunday afternoon to me!

by Angela Tunner

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