This past weekend we had a (belated) rouladen, dumplings, and red cabbage birthday celebration dinner for Opa. I decided a couple of years ago that the stress of fancy dinners AND cakes AND presents all in one day made birthday days a little crazy. So policy around here is to have a birthday dinner of choice sometime in the week or so near the birthday, and zero prep pizza (aka Papa Murphy's!) on the birthday day. Works for me.
Anyway - we had trouble tracking down the dumplings and red cabbage this year locally so I ended up buying it online. When it showed up we purchased the meat and got busy. For rouladen you have to tenderize the meat, and Jake was a great helper. He had a lot of extra aggression to take out on the meat. I daresay it was probably as tender as it has ever been! The cutting board? It looks a bit the worse for wear. :)