When I was growing up, my mother always made Sunday dinner. This was an afternoon meal that followed Sunday School. In those days, we went to Sacrament Meeting in the evenings.
The odd thing is that the menu was fixed. We had the same meal on Sundays throughout my entire childhood and adolescence. Here's the menu:
- Pot roast (you brown the meat, always chuck roast, by searing both sides with onion and then cook it in the oven until it is past well-done)
- Frozen peas (reheated)
- Mashed potatoes
- Brown gravy made from the roast's drippings, flour and water and sometimes with a dark brown gravy extender whose name I can't remember
- Salad in one of three forms (depending on your mood)
a) Iceberg lettuce with Italian dressing made from a seasoning packet
b) Orange jello with shredded carrots and canned pineapple chunks
c) Green jello with cottage cheese curds and canned pineapple chunks (and nuts?)
In the summer the frozen peas would be swapped with whatever vegetable happened to be available from the garden.
Was my mother deranged, or is this what people ate in the 60s and 70s? Is this a Mormon thing? Why did the menu never change? Why that menu? Did anyone else have a fixed Sunday menu? Does this still go on?
I don't know if the trauma of Sunday dinner made me gay, but I know it contributed, at a minimum, to my love of sushi.