Friday, February 7, 2014

Family Values: Eating Sunday Dinners

Family values are essential to a strong family, especially eating meals together. We ate most dinners together, and our usual Sunday dinner was roast with gravy, potatoes, and carrots. It was Daddy’s favorite meal. 

And on this particular Sunday, Mama cooked a rolled rump roast with the usual gravy, potatoes, and carrots. When dinner was done, she let the perfectly browned roast cool on a serving dish she sat on the kitchen table. The bright orange medallions and golden potato nuggets accessorized this main course as it waited patiently for Daddy to carve it. 

On this particular Sunday, Daddy suggested we go for a drive. My siblings and me had the usual competition: who would get a coveted seat by the window? And the first two who screamed the loudest, “I’ve got the window!” would sit next to one of the windows, enjoying the best view. 

So, on this particular Sunday, the six of us—Mama, Daddy, Andree, Mark, Michael, and me--rode away in our Buick Lesabre. We probably drove to Belle Isle Park to see the water in the fountain transition from blue to green to yellow to red. Or, it might have been to the Detroit riverfront to watch the placid waves dip and peak across the water that was punctuated by a cargo ship or two. 

When we returned home, Mama was the first to enter the kitchen.
“Oh, no!” she bellowed. Then my siblings and me scrambled into the kitchen to see what had happened. Mama stood there with her hands framing her hips and wearing a look of disbelief. We looked at the floor, we looked at Mama, and then we looked at each other. Daddy was the last one to enter the kitchen.

“Well, I’ll be $*#&!” Daddy roared.

We all stood there and looked at the pieces of twine that once bound the roast. They were scattered on the floor.

Did I mention we had a seventh member in our family?

                                                          Our beloved German shepherd

He ate the roast--the perfectly browned roast with its bright orange medallions and golden potato nuggets.

I cannot remember what we ate for dinner on that particular Sunday; I only remember what we did not eat.

We’ll here’s the recipe—
Mama’s Roast Beef
Season the roast with salt, pepper, and seasoned salt. Dust the roast with flour. Cover the bottom of a frying pan with oil and heat. Brown the roast on all sides. Place the roast and 1 cup of water in a roasting pan or electric skillet. Cover and bake for about 1 hour at 350 degrees. Add sliced carrots and bake for 15 more minutes. Add diced potatoes, onion, and celery, and pour 1 can of cream of mushroom soup over the roast. Cook several minutes longer until the vegetables are tender.

What memories do you have of family meal times? This is the story in you. Share it.


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