Steph & Ben
Steph and Ben are originally from Yorkshire and have been living in north London for a few years. Steph is a primary school teacher and Ben is a talented musician and they often spend their Sundays with good friends.
This Sunday Dinner was so much fun but different to any other dinner I’ve shot to date. That’s because I didn’t actually get to shoot the finished dinner because Steph and Ben prepare their meal and cook it but don’t eat until later in the evening. They like to spend as much time enjoying their day as possible and if they eat too early, to them that signals the end of the weekend. Instead they hang out with friends, play music, prep the meal, drink and then the meal is the reward later in the evening. I spent a few hours with Steph, Ben and their good friends Kiran and Buzz, also musicians and Stevie the dog. Steph then sent me photos they took themselves when they were eating. I loved this meal and participation from the group.
On the menu today was a veggie wellington, mashed potatoes, vegetables and ‘copious amounts of gravy to satisfy the four northerners’ and for dessert a New York style cheesecake.
What’s your earliest memory of a Sunday Dinner and what did it entail?
We have similar memories of Sundays. Both were very centered around family time.
Ben remembers having Sunday dinner (for all you people who get it the wrong way round, that's Sunday Lunch. Hehe) with his family and then watching the Waltons.
When we talked about this it seems that my family were a little 'controversial' in Ben's eyes as we had ours at tea time. After that we watched those amazing Sunday series on the BBC that were on in the late 80's early 90's such as 'The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe'; I think a little part of my innocence disappeared when I watched that in later life and no longer saw Aslan gliding across the sky, but rather joltily flying with the aid of strings: There were other great programs too, like 'Five Children and It', and 'The Storyteller'. The then obligatory bath, hair washed and dried and then bed.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up on a Sunday?
Sundays are pretty precious for us as they are one of the few days that we actually get to spend quality time together if Ben is here as he is often away. So we like to have a good cup of coffee and a decent breakfast, then maybe a documentary to ease us into the day.
What’s your guilty pleasure on a Sunday?
Doing as little as possible, watching films, drinking and listening to music.
What kind of food do you enjoy cooking?
I love cooking anything savoury, I've never really got into baking, but when I feel brave I have a go. Though mainly I think it has a lot to do with the mood I'm in as to what I fancy cooking. Sometimes I love to spend hours in the kitchen, other days I want to be out of there as soon as I can.