That Sunday Feeling

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Crikey, how I used to loathe Sundays as a child. I’m sure I’m not alone in that. The battle against bathtime, the suffocation of five argumentative siblings, the spectre of The Antiques Roadshow, whose deceptively upbeat signature tune always seemed to bring the homework diary with it, and then the early night. Eurgh! Bar the occasional fun trip, it was just a stressful mess.

I feel I may have my British citizenship revoked when I say that the traditional Sunday dinner was no reprieve, and indeed, I’m still not much of a fan. Only really when there were mountains of Yorkshire puddings thrown in, or I found myself bribed by promises of apple crumble for afters, did the roast become anything close to pleasant.

Or indeed, when it was turned on its head and presented differently. Toad-in-the-hole, for instance, or shepherd’s pie. These struck more as more fun, and so were tolerable… just. Lesser evils. I used to keep my fingers crossed that they were coming instead – well, it was always quite transparent; if things were looking up, mum would tell me outright; if not, “wait and see” or “you’ll get what you’re given!” How harrowing those words were at teatime.

It’s been a little while since I brought anything to the table for the Doodlewash Dinner, and though the festivities are probably all the better for less of my cooking, I don’t want to look impolite. Hence, I’ve given you a hunk of a rather gooey-looking shepherd’s pie, in the hope that it’ll make your Sunday a touch more Funday (even if The Antiques Roadshow is bound to be on later, still doling out the heebie-jeebies). I’ve not made one of these for real since the age of about fourteen, back when I was at loggerheads with my Food Tech teacher (we didn’t get along), so don’t get your hopes up. Still, it may taste better than it looks – dig in if you dare!

And.. (taps glass)

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…now comes an after-dinner announcement, as it appears I’ve been nominated for my second Liebster Award. My thanks to the lovely Sissh at Sissh Art Journal for thinking me worthy of such an accolade – do go and explore her wonderful and fun blog.

I hope you’ll forgive Sissh, that, having been nominated before for this, I shall forego the full proceedings this time, and instead use the publicity purely for nominating those more deserving. Perhaps if any of the following would like to participate, they could respond to the questions posed by Sissh in her post? Of course, this comes with no obligation.

Now, go and take a look at all these champion chaps. With Who Wants To Be A Millionaire still coursing, I’ll expect you to wave awkwardly to us all as I announce you one-by-one:

Now, who’s got the fastest finger?

Congratulations to all nominees!

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42 comments
  1. Your dinner looks marvelous. I’ve been to England and had Yorkshire Pudding in Hull. Congrats on the Liebster and you’ve picked some great blogs to pay it forward. I am going to check out the ones I’ve never seen before now. Thanks for sharing!!

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  2. Hi Jacob, yes I remember Sunday nights. Having to go to bed early, bath time and three annoying brothers, haha.
    I just recently made shepards pie for the first time, it was delicious.
    You did a beautiful artistic rendition for the doodlewash dinner!
    Thank you for nominating me for the Leibster award. You a very kind. Like you I have had a nomination previously so I too will opt out of the questions, but thank you so much for honoring me!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks,Sharon! A relief to hear that it came out of the oven better than I thought! And I did suspect you’d been picked before, shortly after posting. Oops! No worries – just glad to share your blog with others!

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  3. jmnowak said:

    Oh, Jacob, I thought these were scrambled eggs and a bit of bacon! lol.
    I always liked shepherd’s pie and especially the vegetarian kind. I can sympathise with your Sundays. During my teens, when we ran a hotel in the city, Sunday also was a non-funday as my mother expected us kids (my brother and me) to bring her breakfast in bed, as if she were some kind of Queen, the tyrannical queen…if we didn’t bring her what she liked, with a flower in a bud vase as well, our heads would roll, if not get blown away with her yelling! Phew, thank goodness that’s over!!

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    • Jacob said:

      Ha ha, oh my… well, I almost wish it were egg and bacon – that’d have been very welcome!

      Gosh – sounds like your Sundays were even more eventful than my own! Thank goodness indeed.

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      • jmnowak said:

        haha…aahh, yes…memories!!
        Maybe you should have a go at doodleing eggs + bacon, crispy…

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  4. That’s so good I could eat it! I miss my mum’s Sunday roast with Yorkshire puddings. I’m going back to UK for a holiday in July so I’d better make sure I get it 😊 Congrats on your award. Looking forward to checking out the blogs.

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    • Jacob said:

      Reassuring to hear, Catherine – thanks so much! And you certainly can’t beat a good Yorkshire. Be sure to overindulge!

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  5. That meal may not have been fun for you, but it looks delish to me! Congrats for being nominated again for the Liebster award!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks very much, Teresa! I can tolerate the Sunday dinner business a bit better now… a bit!

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  6. Ooh, I used to like shephard’s pie! What was it about a sunday roast that you didn’t like? We never had a special sunday dinner of any kind, but we did have the occasional roast dins. I remember never being particularly fond of roast lamb…i’m still not ( not a big meat eater at all, really) but roast potatoes? Goddamn. That was the appeal of shephard’s pie too, i think- the potatoes. Potatoes forever!
    And….Naww, cheers for including me in the list of linkage, there! Flattered indeed ^_^

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    • Jacob said:

      I think the generous helping of vegetables was the biggest turn off (because they were vegetables), though I always found the roast chicken quite boring. Perhaps it’s indicative of mother’s cooking more than anything else 😉 I am better at coping with such an ordeal nowadays – well, just.

      It’s a pleasure regarding the nomination! Keep on rockin’!

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      • Yep, the potatoes were the only vegetable i was interested in as a kidly.Peas and green beans were the bane of my existence…especially as Mum would just serve them up in big clumps. Herbs, spices, and condiments were unheard of due to Dad considering anything beyond steak & three veg to be ” too exotic”. The things we have to go through as chiddlers, eh? 😉 I had a laugh while reading the “you’ll get what you’re given” part up there; it’s exactly what i now say to my daughter. My main retaliation to “mu-um, i don’t liiike it!” is “I’m not running a restaurant here!” hehe. Poor kid! While i was bored with the whole ‘meat ‘n’ 3 veg’ thing as a youngling, my own kid is bored with curries, soups, and risotto. There’s no pleasing any of us at that age, i suppose!
        Yeah, me too; much better at coping nowadays. Hell- i’m happy with cheese on toast if it means i didn’t have to cook it!

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      • Jacob said:

        I shouldn’t really complain too much, as I was very often given what I wanted during the week, and when it was clear I didn’t like something it did generally get taken off the menu. Sunday dinner, however, was the exception in that! There was no relent.

        Same here on potatoes – mashed potato, yay! What a fun treat; able to be moulded into shapes and everything!

        Haha, LOVE the restaurant line. Hilarious. Her menu sounds pretty good to me.

        I think I could quite happily dine out on cheese and toast seven days a week! Heavenly, and simple enough that even I can do it!

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      • Ooh, you’re lucky! I was forced to eat the peas and beans, despite nightly protests.I remember sitting there at the table, long after everyone had finished, almost gagging on gone-cold piles of peas. Bluueeerrrgh! Left to my own devices though, i employed tricks, such as balancing them on my fork, then flicking them behind the old couch that stood at the very end of the room. The jettisoned peas wouldn’t be discovered until much later, when mum would shift the couch in order to vacuum under there…..
        Oh yes, cheese on toast is great. Admittedly i don’t eat much dairy these days, but the thought of a lovely cheese toastie still makes me hungry!

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      • Jacob said:

        Oh no, cold peas! Cringing at the thought. Most unpleasant.

        Haha! I would always fashion my leftovers into a smiley face in an attempt to make mum laugh, and ignore that I’d basically not eaten any of my dinner. It didn’t work, but it has garnered chuckles from waiters now and again.

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      • That is a good tactic. I’m not sure there are many occasions on which I actually leave any food behind ( pigsy, here), but should the event ever arise, I may just copy your idea….

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  7. * ugh- i mean ShephErd’s pie. Not sure where the A was coming from there. One of those days, i think!

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    • Jacob said:

      Oops. If it’s any consolation, I made this mistake about three times in drafting my post!

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  8. Sissh said:

    I haven’t had a good sheperds pie in ages, Jacob – what a lovely dish to add to the table! And of course your illustration is pretty well done as well.
    There is nothing to forgive – rather, thank you for the kind words. I do appreciate your participating in your special way! 😀

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    • Jacob said:

      Hm, perhaps it’s time to reacquaint yourself? They come with a stronger endorsement now than if you’d asked me twenty years ago! 😉 Thanks again, Sissh, and glad you enjoyed the drawing. Hugely appreciated!

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  9. Rebecca said:

    Congrats again, Jacob! I’ve seen far worse dinners than this (that I’ve made); this one looks rather palatable I think… 🙂

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    • Jacob said:

      Ha, thanks Rebecca – that’s a relief! I’m not sure I could muster this for real; I don’t think anyone dared sample the excuse for a shepherd’s pie I made in school (well, except for the dog!)

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  10. Bill Fufkin said:

    Unbelievable…on all counts! Evidently, you need a good Sunday roast down you. Well done on the recognition. B

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    • Jacob said:

      Thank you, Bill – but are you suggesting that my mother’s a bad cook? Goodness, you’re wiser than I imagined! 😉

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  11. Congratulations Jacob, and what a well-deserved award this is as your work is always beautiful! This dish looks right believable (almost too much so, as it’s making me wanna gag a bit, was that intended LOL?) so another well done job! Thank you so kindly for the nomination; coming from someone with your talents, even more special and I appreciate it very much. I don’t participate with the awards due to time constraints, but I really appreciate the mention and the nomination, it means a lot Jacob! Nice to see your work and again, thank you, friend. 💜

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    • Jacob said:

      Oh Laura, where to begin with this lovely comment? Thank you so much seems a good place! And of course, it’s a pleasure to share your blog; I understand re the participation – again, just happy to share your space with any who might not yet be regular visitors! Now they know! 😉

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  12. Beautifully drawn dinner, Jacob! Though sounds less appetizing in person! Lol Congrats on the second Liebster! Yay! I shall say, I knew him when. Even when you’re very famous you still have to invite me over to pet the seal. (Again…not a euphemism)

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Charlie! Ha ha! I think it’s more likely to be the other way around, when you and Doodlewash complete your takeover of the globe. Any day now! 😉 But in the meantime, please do come and pet the seal! 😉

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  13. OK Now you are really making me hungry. Now what am I going to eat for supper today. I don’t think a Shepherd’s pie a beautiful as this one will be on my table tonight. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks very much, Jade! I’m sure whatever you’re having for supper will beat my own! Bon apetit!

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  14. Cathe said:

    I call that the Sunday night blues, happens every Sunday! Your meal looks cozy, perfect really!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Cathe! Yes, it does carry over into adulthood doesn’t it? I almost feel as if I should still be doing homework!

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  15. Thank you so much for the Liebster nomination, Jacob, I’m very flattered when there are so many compelling blogs around. Much appreciated indeed.

    I have to disagree with you on Sunday lunch though. Except when my Aunt Rose cooked it and included sprouts, that combination of roast lamb or chicken with my dear old Mum’s roast potatoes, bread (for chicken) or onion (for lamb) sauces, and, OK, the boiled-to-within-an-inch-of-their-existence carrots and peas, that was a Northern Sunday dinner (as we called it then).

    Your Shepherd’s pie looks splendid, Jacob – one of the few good things about winter is putting together one of those and smelling it cooking in the oven. I could put one of those away right now!

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    • Jacob said:

      My pleasure, mister! I can think of few blogs as charming and compelling as your own, Michael, so it’s very much deserved.

      Glad you enjoyed the drawing! Perhaps, with its association to Sunday, the roast dinner had lost me from the off. But I do agree that a shepherd’s pie on a chilly winter evening is a definite delight. It was discovering this that allowed my tolerance to grow!

      Songs of Praise was indeed another harrowing marker of Sunday. I remember a friend lumping even Bullseye into the list of tainted TV shows!

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