Out to lunch yesterday (Sunday), the farmer, friend W and I. Other friends also lunching in the same venue, so that we met and chatted to six other folk while we were there.
The farmer had roast pork (with crackling) and W and I had slow roast leg of lamb - with these came Yorkshire puddings (2 each if we wished), gravy in a gravy boat, cauliflower cheese, broccoli, carrots, diced turnips, roast potatoes and a roast parsnip each. Are you full up just reading this? Would you believe that we all had a pudding afterwards, the farmer pear crumble and the two of us raspberry meringue roulade. After coffee in the lounge we staggered out to the car and drove home. None of us had another crumb to eat on Sunday.
One of the main reasons I like to go out to lunch on Sunday (the traditional day here in the UK for a roast lunch) is that as there are only two of us, any joint of meat I buy will be very small. When we go out we are eating slices cut from a whole leg of lamb or a very large joint of pork or beef - and it tastes so much better.
The farmer and I were talking at lunch time about our childhood and Sunday lunch and we both agreed - our parents bought a large joint (and usually rotated between pork, beef and lamb with maybe a chicken now and again, although chicken was a luxury food in those days and chicken for us was usually old hen from our own flock and she had to be boiled and eaten with white sauce. And mother always had to lie and say it wasn't one of ours, otherwise I wouldn't eat it!)
That large joint was eaten hot on Sunday, cold slices on Monday (wash day) with fried vegetables (remember bubble and squeak?), cottage or shepherd's pie on Tuesday and perhaps even Wednesday as well, with plenty of veg to eke the meat out further. Our mothers were jolly good managers and certainly in the case of my own mother there was never that much money to spare. But by golly we ate well, supplemented as we were by plenty of vegetables out of the garden (no frozen food for us, we didn't even have a fridge).
Not really back to 'normal' eating today - still taking it steady!