The Joy Of A Good Sunday Dinner

The Joy Of A Good Sunday Dinner

Like a lot of Brits, I grew up on the joy of a decent Sunday dinner - a joint of meat, yorkshire puddings, new or mashed potatoes, vegetables, gravy... It's easy to let that slip when living alone. If there's just you it's an awful lot of food, and a worry about waste. This is however where leftovers come in. A bit of planning and work one day and you can have four or five meals up and ready to go which doesn't just save money, but saves time. (as I tend to work long hours during the week, I NEED to have freezer meals for those nights where cooking just isn't an option I have energy for). So, get your joint. It can be a chicken, a joint of pork, lamb, or if things are tight a turkey leg has lots of meat and is usually relatively cheap. (I usually try to snag whatever's on offer). Get fresh rather than frozen meat - you'll be freezing the results, and refreezing meat is bad (at least turkey, pork and chicken is - I don't know about lamb and beef?) and dying of food poisoning is worse. Grease it, and pop it in the oven. Peel your potatoes. Mashed potatoes is best for this, and do a *lot*. Also, do a lot of gravy when you're doing that. Do your yorkshire puddings and whichever vegetables you want whichever way you want to do them. (I know I'm skipping many details here, but I'm pretty sure most folk have the basics of doing a roast dinner down. I don't want to teach my grandmother to suck eggs). Once it's done, eat your fill and then you can start work on the left overs. My favourite method is to chop the left-over meat, pour over gravy, cover in mashed potato and freeze. There's also meat pie - just do a basic shortcrust pastry case, dump in the meat and gravy and aain, freeze. (You can also chop your left over vegetables to stick in the pie, although I prefer to do mine fresh). You can also use the meat for sandwiches of course - cheaper than a deli counter, and a lifesaver if you're as thoroughly sick of tuna-and-cucumber as I am. There's also other ways to use the other leftovers. I've used left over mashed potato before to whisk up some potato soup (which also freezes!) Left over yorkshire pudding mix makes pancakes the next day, and yorkshire puddings can be microwaved and taste really good as a next-day snack with butter and mint sauce. This week's pork got me one roast dinner, two potato, gravy, pork and applesauce pies, two days of sandwiches and one meal of yorkshire-puddings-new-potatoes-spinach-corn-on-the-cob-and-mint-sauce. Six meals for one days work sounds good to me:-)
How I spent my weekend.

How I spent my weekend.

My room :)

My room :)

My New ZZ Plant

My New ZZ Plant

My bedroom

My bedroom

old philly apartment

old philly apartment

The good, the bad, and the tasty!

The good, the bad, and the tasty!