Page 2 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast
Results 16 to 30 of 49
Like Tree2Likes

Thread: Purely out of curiosity, what do you serve with an average meal?

  1. #16
    Elite Member McJag's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    42,527

    Default

    We never once had meatloaf, any kind of lamb or macaroni and cheese. Peculiar,I think.
    I didn't start out to collect diamonds, but somehow they just kept piling up.-Mae West

  2. #17
    Elite Member KrisNine's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Sleepy night night land
    Posts
    22,384

    Default

    It all depends on what we're having for dinner. If we have a main dish that has meat, we have a green veggie or a squash and something starchy. If I roast a chicken or pick up a rotisserie chicken then we usually have a big salad and some bread or tortillas. Things like pasta dishes are usually just served with salad and bread. If I make some sort of stew, that's the main dish and rarely something else...maybe a good loaf of bread. If the SO makes dinner and it's a persian dish or persian stew, always served with rice and he makes the crunchy persian rice (tadig).

    Since having the baby, I try to include a lot of the food groups in each meal. Toddlers need healthy but not light or diet food. If we're eating light on the carbs one night, I'll add extra fruit or beans to her meal.

    We never have dessert. If I have dessert, it's usually something we do when we go out to dinner and we usually go to a separate place and have dessert and coffee.

    I grew up in Maryland, so we ate a mix of foods, some with southern influence. The meals my grandparents prepared were all according to the season and what was fresh. Always had fresh tomatoes, spring onions, cucumber salad on the table in the summer. Fish and crab, corn on the cob, watermelon, fried chicken, potato salad, etc. in the summer, too. Winter lots of roasts, hams, soups and stews. Served with one or two veggies and a starch. We also had meatloaf and maybe a few one pot dishes. Not too many casseroles. My mom prepared meals the same way, but she added a lot more things like stir fry, tacos, etc.

  3. #18
    Elite Member Waterslide's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    out where the buses don't run
    Posts
    10,773

    Default

    Dessert was never a regular thing in my house and we almost only had it as an official thing when we had company or a special occasion. Sure, we had cookies and cakes and things around the house, but it was never a regular part of the dinner experience every night.

    Growing up we had stews and things like stuffed peppers which I guess is one dish, but I was thinking more in terms of the meat/starch/vegetable thing. One way or another we always got all of those in one meal whether together or separately. I was including pasta into the potato and rice category, but we'd have pasta (spaghetti and meatballs, lasagne, etc.) regularly.
    Gross, put it away. You could dress beautifully but you gotta be Miss Granny Panty Whore.
    ~Manx Mouse

    Life is a hell of a thing to happen to a person.

  4. #19
    A*O
    A*O is offline
    Friend of Gossip Rocks! A*O's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Being Paula
    Posts
    30,300

    Default

    Funny how so many Americans don't eat lamb. It's a beef industry conspiracy! Lots of Aussies don't eat pork, bacon yes, pork no. Strange.
    Waterslide likes this.
    I've never liked lesbianism - it leaves a bad taste in my mouth
    Dame Edna Everage

    Just because you're offended doesn't mean you're right.

  5. #20
    Elite Member SHELLEE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Florida Keys
    Posts
    18,461

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by witchcurlgirl View Post
    If I do meat or fish, then definitely 2-3 sides.

    If I make pasta it's generally just a salad and pasta, no meat unless I've gone full on guinea and made meatballs, braciole, etc- 'sunday sauce'. But that's a load of work and I only really do it in cold weather.
    I have been carrying around a recipe and been wanting to make that since I saw an "Everybody loves raymond" episode when Debra makes braciole better than Marie.
    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    Funny how so many Americans don't eat lamb. It's a beef industry conspiracy! Lots of Aussies don't eat pork, bacon yes, pork no. Strange.
    My mother made lamb quite a bit much to my dismay.
    See, Whores, we are good for something. Love, Florida
    #fingersinthebootyassbitch

  6. #21
    Elite Member KrisNine's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Sleepy night night land
    Posts
    22,384

    Default

    My grandmother made lamb. Not my thing at all. It's bitter tasting or something.

    Of course, my SO's family makes lamb all the time. I took a bite of something and still find it nasty. I don't think I even swallowed it. Yuck.

  7. #22
    A*O
    A*O is offline
    Friend of Gossip Rocks! A*O's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Being Paula
    Posts
    30,300

    Default

    Lamb is Greek penicillin.
    I've never liked lesbianism - it leaves a bad taste in my mouth
    Dame Edna Everage

    Just because you're offended doesn't mean you're right.

  8. #23
    Elite Member yanna's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    9,531

    Default

    Lamb doesn't taste bitter. You're all nuts! I just find it a bit too fatty tasting, I prefer kid.

    Sides always depend on what we're eating. I think the rule in my household growing up was:
    Salad (greek salad, lettuce and spring onion, cabbage and carrot, boiled veg or boiled greens )
    Main: 1 time a week red meat, 2 times a week chicken, 1 time pasta/fish some other random thing and on Friday lentiil soup/ beans/ chickpeas or other pulses + fish (usually tuna or herring) or just fish. We would never eat meat on Friday.
    Dessert: fruit. Always.
    We would also always eat bread with meals and sometimes serve cheese along too.
    Weekends were a mixed bag, usually something we kids particularly liked on Saturday (pasta, veal with mashed potatoes, lasagna or pastitsio or moussaka, or we would eat out and Sunday usually roast, sometimes lamb, sometimes kid, chicken, all sorts of things.
    On weekends we were sometimes allowed sweets too or ice cream.

    I like that structure from my childhood and follow it to a certain extent up to this day. My one thing is that I can't eat if there's no salad, something is missing. Even if I just quickly cut some tomatoes and eat them plain just with some salt, it's good.
    Last edited by yanna; August 11th, 2012 at 11:39 AM.
    What if Superman is psychotic and everyone can see that he's Clark Kent but they just play along not to set him off?

  9. #24
    Elite Member WhateverLolaWants's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    13,660

    Default

    We eat lamb, but not often as its expensive in my area. I was really angry the last time I purchased lamb stew meat for making a stew that turned out to be, most definitely, MUTTON. That stew was so gamey that it was a real chore pushing through it
    ----------------------------
    There will be times you might leap before you look
    There'll be times you'll like the cover and that's precisely why you'll love the book
    Do it anyway

  10. #25
    Elite Member Karistiona's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Alba
    Posts
    12,628

    Default

    Interesting wee thread! My parents are of the meat/potatoes/two veg type, but my sister and I (we live together) are all about curry, pasta, stir fry, kung po chicken and sometimes what we call American diner night where we'll make pulled pork sammiches or ribs or something. I don't remember the last time we had potatoes, but we go through a ton of rice. I also keep my freezer full of different types of veg and I stick it in everything - with varying results! We're not big salad fans, so we usually just incorporate the vegetables into the dish, I love cauliflower in curry and broccoli in just about anything. We're both big fans of accessories, breads and crackers and dipping sauces and whatnot.

    I loooove lamb, could have it for every meal!
    I smile because I have no idea what's going on

  11. #26
    Elite Member WhateverLolaWants's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    13,660

    Default

    When we were living in New Zealand we ate a lot of lamb because it was so comparatively inexpensive. Chicken, however, was two or three times what it is here. I know it wasn't always that way in the US, however. Chicken used to be something special to be eaten on a Sunday dinner type occasions in my family. Now it is the cheapest meat available next to turkey, I believe.
    ----------------------------
    There will be times you might leap before you look
    There'll be times you'll like the cover and that's precisely why you'll love the book
    Do it anyway

  12. #27
    Elite Member Karistiona's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Alba
    Posts
    12,628

    Default

    I've found that in the last couple of years the price of any meat has really shot up here, so we're having more vegetarian options to keep costs down. I'm really lucky because there are amazing farmers markets and local producers that we can get stuff from, it's a bit more expensive but so fresh and of such high quality that it's totally worth it.
    I smile because I have no idea what's going on

  13. #28
    Elite Member witchcurlgirl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Acerbia
    Posts
    32,682

    Default

    We eat lamb, it's pretty common among those of us with Mediterranean immigrant roots. I made some lovely baby lamb chops on the bbq last week with with garlic, rosemary and olive oil. Yummy.

    We also eat veal, which isn't that common among what my grandmother would call 'white bread americans'.

    Quote Originally Posted by Waterslide View Post
    Dessert was never a regular thing in my house and we almost only had it as an official thing when we had company or a special occasion. Sure, we had cookies and cakes and things around the house, but it was never a regular part of the dinner experience every night.
    My family too, if there was company or it was the holidays there were lots. We ate cake or pastry on its own usually, not right after dinner.

    Growing up, Saturdays were a day for small dishes that we just picked on all day, instead of a formal meal. Things like caprese salad, salami, prosciutto, olives, roasted peppers, artichokes, hard cheeses, breads, different kinds of frittatas (it's sort of an italian egg pie or omelet).
    Last edited by witchcurlgirl; August 11th, 2012 at 10:28 AM.
    Waterslide likes this.
    All of God's children are not beautiful. Most of God's children are, in fact, barely presentable.


    If I wanted the government in my womb I'd fuck a Senator

  14. #29
    Elite Member Sarzy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    England
    Posts
    13,940

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    I grew up eating quite an "adventurous" diet, ie, not meat + 2 veg but "foreign" stuff so thats how,I cook. Lots of pasta a million ways, curries, one pot casseroles, stirfrys, always with plenty of green leafy veggies (MrAO is a vegetable nazi). Plenty of fish too. We tend to just dive into a main course, no starter, and I NEVER make dessert. Another habit from childhood and my weight obsessed mother. Maybe some cheese, crackers and fruit afterwards.
    Pretty much this. Although I'm a vegetarian so I don't have meat or fish, and I do love a roast meal.

  15. #30
    Elite Member WhateverLolaWants's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    13,660

    Default

    We do dessert almost every night, but its usually informal and differs in nature. We have 'big desserts' and 'small desserts,' small ones being a piece of candy after dinner from the candy basket (All candy gifts from holidays go in the basket and is thereafter shared) if a good amount of veggies were eaten, and a big dessert being more formal and something that's bigger and more difficult to make like a pie or tart. I don't usually purchase desserts because if I wait until I have the time/energy to make them, that means we have them less often.
    ----------------------------
    There will be times you might leap before you look
    There'll be times you'll like the cover and that's precisely why you'll love the book
    Do it anyway

Page 2 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. What's your Average American Name ?
    By Goely in forum Laughs and Oddities
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: September 23rd, 2007, 11:09 PM
  2. Who's the bigger saint (a thread purely for laughs - no fighting!)
    By AliceInWonderland in forum Miscellaneous
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: November 17th, 2006, 04:53 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •