Sunday roast a rarity for families

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A Sunday roast with the family is a dying tradition, with just 2% of the nation enjoying the iconic dish with loved ones every week, according to a survey.

Despite almost half the nation living within easy reach (10 miles) of their relatives, spontaneity plays little part nowadays as one in four people have to organise a family dinner a month in advance.

With the best of intentions, almost two thirds of the nation wish they could spend more time with their family and believe meal times are the best way to bring everyone together.

The survey of 1,000 people, conducted by Welsh Lamb, also found that 83% of people believe we spend less time with our families now than we did 20 years ago.

Family expert and parenting coach, Lorraine Thomas, believes families who eat their meals together are likely to stay together as they can chat and make an “occasion” of the meal.

She said: “Families that eat together, talk and stay together. For busy mums and dads, it may not always be possible to sit down and eat as a family every day, but try to do it as often as you can.

“Even if you can only manage it once a week – switch off your mobile and the TV and turn that meal into an occasion, a real family event.

“And it’s not just about the eating; everyone can have fun cooking the food and clearing up together too.”

Welsh Lamb Club chef, Luke Thomas, said: “It’s such a shame to see fewer families getting around the dinner table these days.

I think food should be at the heart of the home and is a great way of bringing people together.

Do you think food should be at the heart of the home?

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24th Nov 2012
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Due to today's economic climate, I had my hours reduced at work 3 years ago, and although it was a shock and financially it is ALWAYS a struggle, I must admit I have a much better work/life balance now. We moved nearer to my parents (as did my Sister) since they need more help and it is great being able to spend more time with them. If I had the choice of more money or more time, I'd ALWAYS choose more time now. We always make a point of having a Sunday Roast together which is nice (both our parents done this). This doesn't always need to pricey. Even at M&S you can get some good deals for £5 (a full chicken & 2 sides, which would feed up to 4). It doesn't always need to be a roast dinner either. A soup & sandwich lunch is just as good. I think it's just the act of sitting and eating together, and catching up with friends/family that's important. It's not SO much the food but the company...
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24th Nov 2012
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thanks to this govenment people cannot afford to eat sunday roast

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