DH used to have a loaf of buttered bread at meals for everyone to eat with their dinner. After a long time of nagging and disapproval he has stopped.
For me it was always a sign of poverty, so... is it a sign of poverty?
ETA: Just to clarify, it's with a meal of veges and meat, not a meal that would traditionally be served with bread and it's a loaf of white bread, not a nice bread.
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01-12-2011 16:57 #1
Bread with Dinner
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01-12-2011 17:03 #2
hmm i never really thought about it - but i spose historically in OZ and UK it was because of poverty ppl ate bread with dinner. But I don't think that's the case in say Italy, its part of the culture. There is about generousity and abundence.
so no, I woudl have to say probably not.
01-12-2011 17:04 #3
And i think it depends what you serving the bread with - if its bread served with 1 potato gem and tin spagetthi - maybe. if it served with a proper meal, not at all.
we have bread with soup thats about it.
01-12-2011 17:05 #4
DH's family always had to have a watery soup and a loaf of bread before dinner. They had 6 kids and were dirt poor, so in their case yes. But it is the more rich places you go to eat who offer you bread with a meal in austalia? lol. In america you get a bowl of bread, salad and most of the time chips too... before every meal when eating out!
01-12-2011 17:05 #5
I don't think it's a sign of anything these days, maybe in the past if you were poor it could have been a way to stretch meals. My dad does it even though he has enough food on his plate, it drives my mum crazy.
01-12-2011 17:06 #6
when i think about the sorts of meals i eat- a piece of bread with dinner would just be weirddddddd
i think it's probably a cultural thing in some contries, as pp said.
01-12-2011 17:10 #7
I have no idea if it's a sign of poverty but I don't personally think it is. I think bread with soup is a meal but I wouldn't eat it with anything else for dinner. Our typical dinners are spagh, rice with curry/stir fry, casserole with rice, meat with vegies sometimes with and without potato, so the carbs are usually included. So I wouldn't add the extra carb with the bread serving, not so great for the waistline. Plus I have bread for brekky and sometimes lunch (very bad I know) so definitely don't need it for dinner also.
01-12-2011 17:15 #8
Gosh, not at all!
There are SO MANY cultures where some kind of bread is always served with a meal, regardless of the time of day. Italy, France, Egypt and India just to name a few.
I don't think you can equate bread with poverty when served with a meal. Sometimes it's just part of the meal, whether it's as a side dish or simply for soaking up any sauces/juices left over from the meal.
01-12-2011 17:19 #9
No. Bread is a sign of delicious.
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01-12-2011 17:21 #10
I'll edit OP, but just clarify, it's with a meal of veges and meat, not a meal that would traditionally be served with bread and it's a loaf of white bread, not a nice bread.
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