Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Sunday Lunch or a Sunday Dinner?

When I was growing up, we had dinner at night . . . except on Sunday.     The noon Sunday meal was called "Dinner" and it was after church -- around 1 p.m. or so.     Sometimes it was at our house and sometimes it was at Grandmother's.    The main menu didn't vary -- roast beef in winter and fried chicken in summer.      Served with potatoes and vegetables and a dessert -- fresh fruit pies in summer and cakes in winter.

Then last Spring in England, the Sunday after church meal was called "Sunday Lunch" -- not dinner as we were used to.       And so we brought home the tradition of "Sunday Lunch"!

Most meals we eat in the breakfast room.     For the first 19 years that we lived at Linderhof, we ate every meal in the dining room.    For there was no other place to eat.     After  we built the breakfast room, we tended to eat all our meals there -- saving the dining room for company!

But Sunday . . .

We had Sunday Lunch and we chose the dining room.     It made Sunday Lunch seem more special!

Living room tulips pressed into duty as Sunday Lunch flowers!

My Grandmother's china -- Noritake Marcasite.    There are a lot of memories in those plates!

And for Sunday Lunch?   Not roast beef nor Yorkshire pudding!     Nor fried chicken!    Nor roast pork!

But lamb.    Lamb shanks with roasted poatoes, carrots and that traditional British vegetable, Brussels sprouts.

With a shared bottle of wine, it was a leisurely Sunday lunch.    Two plates and two glasses are not much to hand wash.    And sometimes you should just be nice to yourself.

Do you call your noon meal Lunch or Dinner?    And your Sunday noon meal -- do you call that by the same name?  

It's Thursday and I'm joining Susan at Between Naps On The Porch for Tablescape thursday.


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Yes we had sunday dinner early too, usually a roast around 4. Your lamb looks so tasty!

Pondside said...

It's lunch at noon on weekdays and on Sunday too. It's supper in the evening unless it's a dinner party, and then it's dinner! said...

To me it is lunch during the week and dinner on a Sunday. Lunch is usually only 2 courses but Sunday 3, starter like melon, main course and then a mousse or fruit desert and then later just a light Sunday afternoon tea. I don't eat red meat, so it is usually Chicken, turkey or pork. Depending on what we are doing in the morning, walking or gardening, it can be a casserole in the slo-cooker.We are having pork shanks this Sunday!!

Jackie in Surrey, UK.

Michelle said...

That looks so good!!! We have lunch, and then later, dinner. If we have a big meal in the middle of the day, I think we might call it dinner, and then have a lighter supper that evening. I've never really thought about it before, but I guess we automatically call heavier meals dinner!

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

Oh what a lovely posting!

We also had Sunday dinner after church when I was growing up up.

We tend to have brunch now after church, so that's what we tend to call it. And then we have dinner in the evening (around 5 or 6).

But I love the idea of Sunday lunch too. And lamb, oh my, we're could be kindreds for sure!

I'd like Jackie's 'light Sunday afternoon tea'.... but hubby is used to a nice Sunday evening meal from his growing up days, and he still likes that idea, so we tend to do that.

Wishing you glimpses of heaven in unexpected places......

Aledia said...

Everything looks so divine!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Lorrie said...

We always called the noon meal on Sunday "dinner" but the rest of the week dinner, in the evening, was usually called supper. However, confusion ensued when I invited our future DIL over for Sunday dinner - she thought that would be in the evening as well. So now, we call the noon meal on Sunday "Lunch Dinner." And everyone knows what time to show up.

podso said...

Ditto to what you say. And we still have a big meal at Sunday noon, calling it dinner, or sometimes it is getting more casual so we call it "lunch" but with always "sunday" preceding it which lets us know it's more special. it's a great time to gather friends from church for a leisurely meal before a "sunday afternoon nap."

As far as evening meals, i call it supper and our kids, who have heard it all their lives, are suddenly saying "what's with the word 'supper'--where did that come from." Maybe it's the influence of spouses, who knows! I'll stick with supper unless it is a very special meal....dinner.

podso said...

By the way your meal looks delicious and just like one we were served when staying with a friend in south England!

Bernideen said...

In my almost 44 years of marriage - I have never made lamb anything. Yours looks so delicious and very pretty arranged on the plate!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How pretty your setting is no matter the time of day. We usually still have our dinner meal in the evening, even on Sundays.