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Sunday, November 16, 2008

My Pot Poast, With Baked Potato- Simple Stuff For A Snowy Day..


As usual on Sunday, I cook a big meal. That doesn't mean expensive, or exotic.. just a meal we discuss, and then do. Today, it was a pot roast, simmered/steamed in it's own gravy, with baked potatoes, and steamed broccoli. My wife made the brownies today, which were moist and tasty.. Our son and his girlfriend could not attend, as they both had to work, but we delivered a hot meal to my son, and made a plate for his GF for when she got off work.. It bothers me that 30yrs. ago, families had time to sit and eat together- and today, that is the exception, and not the rule. We are losing our culture, and our traditions through an "or else" work place. Working folks had rights and benefits- and now have to do anything asked to keep their job. Life is too short to tie yourselves to a wheel, and lose the simple pleasures of living..Mark my words, this will be an issue in America, and the world.

22 comments:

Akelamalu said...

I so agree with you about families sitting down to eat together. It doesn't happen very often but I love it when the boys and their families come to dine with us. :)

buffalodick said...

Ake- The more we live, the more we figure out what has worth. I wish my children could be at every meal, even though I know they have a life beyond what they had growing up. There is something primal in sharing food and the time doing it.. It is older than us, or our culture..

Vodka Mom said...

That is the PERFECT meal for a snowy day! That's what WE'RE having today. snow flurries!!

Dr Zibbs said...

I agree with you on Sunday dinner. Also, what type of meat do you use for your pot roast?

doggybloggy said...

Its important for individuals to remember the things that make a family special and then to try and 'do' those things - the 'or else' workplace breeds unhappy workers and that has a spiral down affect - we shall see?

What? no bread? whats going on over there?

Queenie said...

Buff I totally agree with you. I am considered a bit of a nag, when I don't allow eating on laps in front of the TV. I insist eating around the table, we have chance to catch up on each others news and share precious time together. In fact now no-one even thinks about asking if they can eat in the lounge, they automatically go to the dinning room. Maybe the nagging paid of, or they realise its quite nice sharing time together.....

buffalodick said...

VodkaM- You and I have to get chemically adjusted together- someday! Friggin snow, that's what I say!
Doc- Pot roast is beef, this time a shoulder roast, long in texture, long in flavour!
DogB- Don't bust my hump on no bread today.. Carbs aplenty in those taters..
Queenie- Nobody gets to eat like that in this house, we just never allowed it.. All agreed around a table was a good thing!

MarmiteToasty said...

No lap dinners here either in this house.... and even though me lads are in and out at different times with different work and schools etc, I MAKE SURE we all sit down at least twice a week ALL together at the table.... I feel its important..... but I know Im the exception from the rule with many of my maties..... oh well...

Jacket Spuds are one of my most favourite grubs :) all soft on the inside and crispy skinned on the outside, I eat the insides first and then butter the skins and roll them up and eat them with me fingers lol....... oh shut up, I dont care :) also steamed brocolli is me most favourite veggie..

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Mona said...

In India it is the rule since long. The or else sword is always hanging on you. & most of us have to work seven days a week, twelve hours a day.

& they never became an issue here, since jobs were always scarce. Even with the outsource job market, it is a filthy rat race here & the employers know that if one goes there are ten in line ready for the vacancy.

I just hope things improve in your country. That war had drilled a big hole in your economy. With us it is the Swiss bank coffers of our deceptive politicians.

G-Man said...

I agree!!!!

buffalodick said...

Marmy- I actually make potato dishes for others- I'll eat them, but don't love taters like most Americans do!
Mona- I really hope your people have a better life some day. All I know is in America, back in the fifties- a man could have a house, car, and three kids on one paycheck- and he was middle-class. Today, it takes 2 people working, child or two later in life, to approach that standard of living..
G-man- You have seen what I have seen...

Finn said...

Amen to that. But I think Europe is still lagging behind us in the Work 'til Drop department. But probably not far. It's a real shame; balance is so important in life.

buffalodick said...

Finn- you and me, kid.. We see a lot of life the same way. Do we swim against the current, or do we float along with it? I say, let's swim!

Jeff B said...

One of the greatest benefits to being self employed is I rarely miss a meal with the family. Maybe once every three or four months at most.

Odat said...

That meal looks awfully good!!! I'll come over and share it with you folks....if ya need to fill a space! :-)
Peace

TavoLini said...

I agree with you on that--its so important to eat together, to talk, to be a part of each others lives.

The world just seem so hustle!hustle! There's no time for anything.

We're doing baked potatoes tonight, too ;)

buffalodick said...

jeff- I believe our culture has to make sure we sit down to enjoy a meal together- as often as is possible!
Odat- Open invitation, as always!
Tavolini- Food, smiles, and conversation beats the hell right out of a voice mail, or text message!

Roger said...

Good looking dish and nice speech!

Beth said...

man Big Beaver...you are so right about the eating dinner together thing. Last night we actually all sat at the table...with a table cloth and actual plates....no tv, no radio....just 4 people sitting and eating together, talking about thier day. I loved it.

and you might not believe this....but I've never made a pot roast. At least I don't think I have! I've made roast in the oven and stuff, but never an actual POT ROAST. Did you make it in the slow cooker?

buffalodick said...

rog- Good to see you back! With neither of my sons living at home, when we do get together- it's around the table..
Beth- No crock pot this time, I double wrap the seasoned and souped beef in a liquid proof wrap of aluminum foil roast at 300F for 3 hrs. It makes it's own gravy and is dead tender and moist!

Chef E said...

No bacon wrapped meat this time :( ...my kids were only allowed six hours of TV a week (PBS), none on Sunday until they were gone from my house (I was mean), and they usually used it up in two days, and we always had dinner at the table together, and today, my son loves for us to cook, sit, eat, and talk! I am going to see him in MO in December, can't wait to cook, sit, eat, and talk again...

buffalodick said...

chef e- It is a simple rule, easily enforced... food is on the table, come and get it! To watch so many Americans spend half their lunch hour in a drive thru window line, and then eat it while driving... if you're that busy, skip lunch!