Here on the farm we rarely have what I would call 'a proper Sunday lunch', mainly because there are only the two of us and such a tiny joint of meat would be tasteless. One thing is for sure, to enjoy beef, lamb or pork you really need a good, substantial joint to cut at.
During my childhood we always had such a meal on Sundays - the three 'meats' would be taken in turn and they would last almost all the week. The housewife would be busy with chores all week so it would be helpful to have menus mapped up. It would be roast lamb and mint sauce on Sunday, cold lamb with fried potatoes left from Sunday on Monday (washday, so no time to cook), shepherd's pie on Tuesday and maybe even on Wednesday - or perhaps rissoles made with the left over scraps of lamb - and then round to Friday when we always had fish. So simple and no need to think about it.
Today is the farmer's walking day, so friend W and I went out for a 'proper' Sunday lunch. We never thought to reserve a table, but we managed to squeeze in at a local restaurant where lamb, beef and pork were all on the menu. We both chose roast local lamb.
It was well-cooked, nicely presented and delicious. Roast lamb, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, cauliflower in white sauce, broccoli, green beans, carrots and cabbage. We followed this with a cup of coffee and came home thoroughly satisfied with our meal.
Taking Tess for a walk on my return persuaded me that I was walking off the excess of calories, and now I can sit at the computer for an hour before the farmer returns.