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.