The Sunday Roast

Hubby and I didn't live together before we were married. It wasn't necessarily planned out that way in advance but Hubby didn't want to rent so we both went from living in our parents homes to owning our own. We bought our house about 6 months after we got engaged and because our wedding was so close (only another 6 months away) we decided to wait until we were married before I moved in.

We learnt when we moved in that there were lots of things to compromise on. One surprising thing we had to compromise on was our roast dinners! You see, every family I have come across serves up different things with their roasts. So when we started having our own roasts at home, we had to decide which elements from our mothers and grandmothers we used, and which we left by the wayside.

Last night, when I was cooking our Sunday roast (first one I've made since Bubby was born) I was thinking about which things from our families I've chosen to include and which things I haven't.

Things I have seen served up with a roast include:
  • roasted potatoes
  • boiled potatoes
  • roasted carrots
  • steamed carrots
  • mashed sweet potato
  • roasted sweet potato
  • mashed pumpkin
  • roasted pumpkin
  • roasted capsicum
  • roasted zucchini
  • steamed peas, beans and corn
  • steamed broccoli
  • steamed brussels sprouts
  • baked cauliflower with cheese
  • steamed white rice
  • instant gravy
  • home made gravy
  • roasted onions

Its a lot to choose from! I cook the roasts in our house - Hubby is a master in the kitchen but a roast dinner is slightly beyond his expertise - and so I get to choose what items are served up. Hubby hates broccoli, brussels sprouts, roast onions, instant gravy, zucchini and cauliflower so that limits things somewhat. I don't eat rice so that gets taken out of the equation. Hubby loves roasted carrots (he prefers them burned).

I've certainly been thinking a lot about how something as boring as a Sunday roast dinner actually provides a lot of creative cooking options!

What sorts of things do you include in your family roast dinner?

I've spent all weekend in the kitchen it seems (choc-chip cookies, chilli con carne, strawberry mousse and a roast) which has done a lot to improve my spirits... I've greatly appreciated all the thoughtful comments and advice on my previous entry... all the support and all the cooking has put me in a much better and optimistic frame of mind! Thank you!


  1. I grew up with a lamb roast on Sundays my hubby grew up with pork, I've learnt to cook a good roast pork and crackling (most of the time) but still love my lamb roast even though I'm usually out voted by the kids and we have roast pork most times. At least I get to have my favourite, roast onions not matter what they choose!

  2. We do potatoes, sweet potato, pumpkin, carrots, onions, garlic and sometimes parsnips all roasted. Then I serve it with some sort of greens and gravy made from scratch. If we do roast pork I will roast some apples too or make an apple sauce.

  3. I guess I am lucky that my parents didn't force me to getting any accounts or adding them. :P My parents are kind of clueless when it comes to social networking, thank goodness for that.

    Mhm I love roast dinners. We usually include potatoes, carrots, broccoli, onions, steamed white rice. I'm also a huge mashed potato fan so that's usually a side with some homemade gravy.

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  5. I love a good roast especially a rib eye beef with Yorkshire pudding, crunchy roasted potatoes, cauliflower cheese and a red wine gravy. I've stopped making them though as between all of my children it has become a nightmare over who likes/dislikes what so it's much easier to present them with a fait accompli where they don't get to choose which parts are on their plate!
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  6. We do roasted white potato, sweet potato and pumpkin, + a boiled green (e.g. beans/ broccoli) and a home-made gravy. My preferred roast is definitely a lamb, but we have chicken fairly regularly too, mostly since it is cheaper!


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