The ‘Family Lunch’ menu..


I’m a huge fan of Sunday lunch, so it’s always a pleasure to have the family over to share it with us. It’s a great excuse to sit around a table, forget the mobiles and eat nice food in the company of people you’ve known all your life. There are no pretensions here, as most of these people remember you as a toddler.. they might have forgotten other stuff, but your youthful indiscretions are never far away and always worth mentioning!

November 18th Minnowburn and the Giant's ring (8)

Sunday lunch shouldn’t be a stressful meal to prepare – after all, it was often left cooking while the family were at Church, with the previously-prepared potatoes and veggies ready to go on as you returned home. The clue to Sunday lunch is right there – preparation.

I’m going to walk you through a simple – but delicious – Sunday lunch using some of my easiest prepare-ahead recipes. Of course you can change the menu – just check out for alternatives. There must however, be dessert! Sunday lunch isn’t Sunday lunch without something sweet at the end of it!

We’ll talk a little bit about accommodating intolerances, allergies and food choices later on too.

Regardless of how many turn up for lunch, you’ll find that you can usually extend this menu to any number you like.

Let’s have a look.. Starting off with a drink will usually give you a little extra breathing space, and mellow any midday grumpiness. The choice is up to you, but if everyone likes a G+T, then go with it.. Summery drink (2)








Mr SN is particularly fond of a glass of fizz, or a Hugo cocktail which is Prosecco, Elderflower cordial and Soda water. Make sure that the Cook is offered one too – one only, mind!


Quite often there isn’t a starter for Sunday lunch. As far as I know there’s no particular reason for this, except that perhaps the Cook was only feeding the immediate family, so there was no need for ‘fancy’ stuff! I’m going to leave you the option by offering a few of my favourite starters, and you can use them or not, as the notion takes you.

  • Chicken Liver Pate – Chicken liver parfait and crostini (1) Always a winner – prepare up to 2 days ahead and keep covered in the fridge. Some homemade Wheaten bread or toast (you can safely leave a younger family member to do this) and a small salad – or even just a few slices of cucumber – and that’s all done.


veg and Red Lentil soup (3)






cambridge salad








  • CHICKEN: My personal favourite is Chicken breasts stuffed, then wrapped with bacon – prep up to a day ahead, keep covered in the fridge on a lined baking tray, then a quick drizzle of oil and into the oven for 35 mins or so. Job done.

chicken and bacon 4







  • FISH: This Salmon wrapped in Parma Ham is so perfect for Sunday lunch – it even has the veggies included! For Vegetarians, skip the Parma Ham leave the skin on and roast upside-down in a separate dish with it’s own vegetables.

Salmon with Parma ham (3)







Chicken and Leek pie 2

Steak and Kidney pie (1)















Potatoes: take your pick:

Potato gratin







  • Crush-hot potatoes – The easiest-ever roast potato recipe..     potatoes hot crush






VEGETABLES: If you’re doing fancy potatoes, I think you can get away with simple vegetable dishes







DESSERT: Don’t even think about not having one!

trifle (2)







Tiramisu Cake (5)







Cranachan 2







Don’t forget something seasonal, if you’re cooking a Christmas or Easter Lunch –

  • Mince pies – I mean, who doesn’t love them? pies - Copy - Copy







  • Easter Cake: This delicious Victoria Sponge, decorated with fluffy chicks! Easter Cake (5)








As a special treat, why not try one of my delicious homemade little sweets to go with coffee?

Christmas Tiffen (21)

or some delicious Bailey’s truffles?

Bailey's truffles (3)

However you choose to have a family lunch, be sure to enjoy it! These are the days we’ll remember.. :)


I started writing down recipes in an old copybook when I was about 16. With 6 children at home, my Mother was always glad of a hand in the kitchen, and really allowed us to experiment - as long as we washed up afterwards, and left the kitchen immaculate! Having a tidy kitchen has followed me through my life, as has the habit of writing down my favourite recipes; except that these days I write them for my website, and add photographs when I can. The website really started when it occurred to me that my daughter might like to have these recipes when I've forgotten them. In my early days of cooking for family and friends, I used to phone my Mum all the time to ask her for the recipe for some of our favourite family dinners. She rarely had a recipe to hand - I think, like me, she made a lot of it up as she went along.. So welcome to Eating for Ireland - these are the recipes that my friends and family having been eating these past 40 years.. yes, I truly am ancient! They are tried and tested, and have worked for me for all that time - I have updated them as new ingredients became available - I really hope you'll find something that you can make into a family favourite of your own. You don't have to tell anyone where you found these great new dishes that you're serving up - it can be our little secret, but I'd really love it if you could give me a sneaky 'follow' on Facebook and Instagram.. So off you go - have a good rummage around, you're bound to find something new! My sincere thanks to all of you who have found a recipe that you liked and dropped me a line to tell me - I really do love to hear from you! Happy Cooking! Becks xx

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