Sun­days hit a snag in roast’s last post

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - The Everest - JA­SON TIN

IT was once the meal Aussies viewed as worth skip­ping a date with Tom Cruise for — but the tra­di­tional Sun­day roast is fac­ing “ex­tinc­tion” as time-poor fam­i­lies turn to short cuts to get din­ner on the ta­ble.

Once an un­miss­able weekly sta­ple, the tra­di­tional lamb or pork roast is be­ing swapped out for sausages, peas with baked beans, and even the prized gravy for tomato sauce as fam­i­lies feel the pinch in terms of both time and money.

So­cial re­searcher Mark McCrindle told the Satur­day Tele­graph the days of the fam­ily roast were num­bered, given Sun­days have gone from a time to re­lax to in­stead be­come in­creas­ingly ac­tion-packed given com­mit­ments to kids, sport and the con­tin­u­ing DIY bug.

“Our Sun­days used to be our days of rest and clearly that has changed,” he said.

“The con­se­quence of that is that putting an hour aside to do the roast lamb — and even clear­ing the space for do­ing that long lunch that was once a key part of the day — has been squeezed out.

“Even if peo­ple go out for lunch, its an ex­press lunch. It’s cer­tainly not go­ing to be the cou­ple of hours they used to spend on a Sun­day af­ter­noon. And the Sun­day af­ter­noon roast would roll into board games or cricket in the back yard.”

News about the death of the Aussie roast fol­lows a study in the UK last year that re­vealed one in five adults cov­ered their meat with tomato sauce in­stead of gravy, while a third swapped roast lamb or roast beef for snags.

Ten per cent served up baked beans as a side dish.

“Is the lamb roast in dan­ger of ex­tinc­tion?” Mr McCrindle asked. “We’ve got a new gen­er­a­tion of house­hold­ers that have pretty much grown up with­out it.” But that’s not to say that fam­i­lies and friends aren’t still set­ting time aside to get to­gether. “I guess the bar­bie is the new sub­sti­tute,” Mr McCrindle said. “It also has the so­cial as­pect. Maybe that’s a con­tin­u­ing tra­di­tion that’s good to see. But clearly the ex­tended on­go­ing af­ter­noon as de­fined by the Sun­day roast is fad­ing.” Butcher David Nedelkovski, from Elvy’s On Allen in Le­ich­hardt, says gourmet sausages were par­tic­u­lar favourites for Sun­day meals now. “Come and sit here for a cou­ple of hours on a Satur- day, see how many we sell,” he said.

Five Dock busi­ness fa­therof-two Shaun Scully, 43, says his house­hold doesn’t “do roasts at all”.

“The last time we did a roast was prob­a­bly two years ago,” he said. “It’s more con­ve­nience than any­thing. I can go to the butcher and get a nice big steak and cut it up and away we go.

“Mum and dad still do a roast, so once a month we go over there for a fam­ily get-to­gether. But for us, we just don’t do them.”

Su­per­mar­ket chain Coles says it has no­ticed Aussies are swap­ping roast beef for salmon, with the fish sell­ing swim­mingly on Sun­days. “Sun­day is our big­gest day of the week for salmon sales,” a Coles spokesman said.

Eisla and Erica Scully chow down on sausages and (below) butcher David Nedelkovski. Main pic­ture: Jonathan Ng

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