Out of each meal, dinner time on Sunday is usually the one that brings the whole family together. It’s the day of rest, after all – and rest we shall! Except, of course, the lucky parent that has to cook the meal in the first place.

If this is you, and you’re getting a bit fed up with the same old veggies and meats, why not spice up proceedings? Below, you’ll find several fresh food ideas that will quickly become the centrepiece of any roast meal. So get cooking!

Semolina roast potatoes


Roast potatoes are a staple of the family roast dinner, but quite often, they can taste a bit… plain. Sure, they’re good for you, and roasting does preserve some of that goodness, but sometimes that’s not enough.

Some solutions to this problem include sprinkling the potatoes with salt prior to serving, or even olive oil. If they’re a bit too crispy for your families taste, this is a good idea to make them more edible.

However, my favourite spin on the roast potato is to mix them with semolina – other herbs and spices are optional. It’s simple to pull off, too. Simply throw some semolina flour in with the potatoes and roast until golden brown. This gives them a beautifully crisp, tasty exterior, and makes a nice change from the bog-standard unflavoured ones.

A braised hunk of beef with vegetables


Whatever kind of meat you choose to have with your roast dinner – it’s usually the best bit. Whether it’s chicken, turkey, pork or in this case, beef. A succulent joint of roast beef rarely misses the mark, but you shouldn’t keep it that basic.

If you braise the meat instead, it’ll adopt a soft, melt-in-your-mouth kind of texture. This means there’ll be no excessive chewing on bits of fat and meat – it’ll all become much easier. Combine the cooking of the meat with your vegetables, too, and your whole meal will taste this way.

To get to that final outcome, simply braise your meat and veggies – carrots, onions, celery – in the same pot. Don’t go easy on the oil! You’ll want to keep the heat low and the cooking time high, too.

Prosciutto-wrapped salmon

Fish isn’t traditionally eaten with a roast dinner, but that’s the point of this post! To offer you different ideas. If you were going to choose one fishy option for dinner, I’d go with salmon, if for no reason other than the kids are likely to enjoy it too.

That being said, you can use any hunk of fish here – it depends on your preference. Your standard store-bought prosciutto ham will do the trick too. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive brand.

Now all you need to do is season the salmon – I use black pepper – and wrap the ham around it. Don’t be too liberal here; you want the fish to be the predominant taste. You want to whack it in the oven for 15 or 20 minutes, or until the salmon starts to flake quickly. Voila!

So, hopefully these ideas have got you foaming at the mouth, and I encourage you to give them a go! Of course, making a pudding is a whole different ball game, but once you’ve mastered the main course those ideas will come in no time!

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