See You on Sunday

Last week we had a birthday party for my daughter. We wanted it outside but it was a rainy day. So we ended up inviting a few families to our apartment. All kids had fun, and so did grownups.

It had been almost three years since the last time we invited people home. We forgot how it felt, but the party rekindled the excitement. The next round, hosted by one of the party’s guests, is already set up. It’s going to be a great potluck.

I recalled a book I bought right after the pandemic started. The book, See You on Sunday, is a cookbook about home-gathering meals: Big Meats, Big Pots, Pizza, and Pasta.

The author claims that the Sunday home gathering is an important social fabric. I read it under the COVID-sheltered apartment and dreamed that someday, this virus would go away, and we would have a meal with these big dishes. The virus hasn’t gone away and it never will, but we started gathering anyway. I have yet to have any big dish though.

One recipe I was intrigued by was Momofuku’s bo Ssam. I have no idea, however, where I can find “whole bone-in pork butt or picnic ham (8 to 10 pounds)”. Probably I should start with something easier like spaghetti.