Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Dinner Dilemma!

I don't know about anyone else but I sometimes become a little tired of the eternal question of "What's for Dinner?" When this question hangs in the air I sometimes feel like I want to run away! It is not that I don't like cooking, I love it and baking, but just sometimes I really would like to not actually think about being not only the chef but the dietitian and nutritionist as well! And then of course there is the groceries to buy and well you all know the drill!

I am very lucky because my family love what I cook for them which is so lovely and they are always grateful! However, I think that to perhaps prolong the effort involved with cooking and preparing meals it would be lovely to be back in the 18th century when it was an artform and the tables were laden with absolute works of art. However, with our busy lives that is something that we can only do occasionally at dinner parties (which I also love doing!).

One thing I do believe is so important is sitting together as a family for dinner ... I know for us it probably only happens about 3 times a week as Andrew always works late but when we gather around our table it is always great fun! We also love movies so I don't think it is a bad thing to have dinner in front of a movie whilst throwing banter back and forth. I believe moderation is the key .... I adore setting a table with all the trimmings but I equally love sitting in my pj's with the family, a great movie and a homemade hamburger with caramelized onion and rocket salad!

What are your family traditions with meals?
This meal I cooked a few days ago ~ Rosemary and Lemon chicken with Squash and a Rocket and Parmesan salad. I added creme fraiche and dijon mustard to the chicken as well! Have a great night and what are you having for dinner?????

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iheartart said...

YUM, that chicken sounds magnificent! Friday nights are our tradition - eat dinner in front of a movie (kids choice), in jarmies & of course chocky to follow - we love it, every Friday when I collect the boys from school their first question is "can we watch a movie tonight?". Dinner together is also only occasional b/c Stew also works late most nights, the boys & I however always sit at the table together & I drill them for the days information. Have a great night Frances.


Carole Poirot said...

Oh, I so know what you mean. I love cooking and baking, but being constantly the only one responsible for dinner can become a tad tedious... I make a point of all of us sitting down together at the table to chat about the day and have dinner together - though the occasional pizza & movie evening does happen ;-) Love from London xo

Jenny said...

We sit down at the table together most nights. I think it is important to have that catch up time on the days events with everyone and it is a good opportunity to make plans for things like the weekend or holidays etc... I love the look of your very gourmet looking dinner! Yum! Sadly, I can't say we watch a lot of movies though... I also get sick of coming up with ideas for dinner. If someone could just tell me what to cook for the week, I would be happy. If I ask my family (3 boys), they say the same dishes over and over!!!! Arrrrggghhh!!! They are all boring eaters, where as I love all of the Thai, Indian, French etc dishes... Ohh well.... Now what to have tonight....

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