British Sunday lunch is also known as a Sunday Roast and is the very heart of British food and cooking. It is the time for families or friends to get together and share good food. For the cook in the house the roast recipes along with with all those Sunday lunch recipes, takes some putting together but the effort is worth it.
A traditional British Sunday lunch is a roast meat with roast beef top of the list - but other work just as well. Put alongside, Yorkshire Puddings, gravy, vegetables, a pudding in the cold months and a dessert in the summer and you have perfect Sunday Lunch year round.
In some parts of the UK, particularly Yorkshire, it is common to serve Yorkshire Puddings and Onion Gravy as a starter rather than with the main dish. The origins of this stem from when meat was very expensive and eating Yorkshire Puddings as a starter filled everyone up and they ate less meat.
If Yorkshire Puds aren't served as a starter they will be served with the main course beside the meat, roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and lashings of gravy made from the meat juices.
In winter, a good change would be something warm and filling like Beef Stew and Dumplings a hearty Beef and Ale Pie or a Lancashire Hotpot . Serving Yorkshire puddings as well though is a little too heavy on the carbs and on the stomach.
In warmer weather a traditional Sunday lunch is usually too much, so lighten up with dishes like Lemon Chicken or a more modern dish such as a Pan Fried Beef with Asparagus.
Warmer weather needs lighter puddings or desserts so think Summer Pudding, a Strawberry Jelly, a Quick Sherry Trifle or Eton Mess - perfect. If you want something slightly more substantial then a Queen of Puddings and if sweet, sticky and sugary is order of the day then it must be Sticky Toffee Pudding.