On Tuesday night we had a really rather special dinner of sirloin steaks cooked medium rare, fluffy baked potatoes, delicious buttery bearnaise sauce, and a fresh green salad. It was so good! I was looking forward to dinner all day; it was easy to prepare and utterly satisfying to eat. It really made a dull, unremarkable day feel a bit special!
This got me thinking about special meals versus everyday dinners. I am all about cooking and eating something special when celebrating, whether it’s a birthday, Christmas, Easter, a promotion or an anniversary. I always think of meals like roast chicken or shoulder of lamb, salmon en croute, or steak as more appropriate for special occasions than weekday dinners. But that needn’t be the case.
Obviously, when cooking dinner during the week, time is a consideration so having a roast isn’t exactly practical. But things like steak and chips take very little time to make and there’s no reason they can’t sometimes be enjoyed on ordinary days as well as celebration meals.
I’m determined to mix things up a little bit; apart from the usual rotation of pasta, stir fry, risotto, and bangers/fishcakes and mash that make up most of our weekday dinners I want to try out new recipes, make something a bit “fancier”, something that feels like a treat. After all, I don’t believe in saving things like clothes or candles or crockery or cosmetics for best, so why do it for food?
What do you think about special meals on not special days? Do you liven up weekday dinners by having a treat?