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28/02/2013 at 10:56
Just a musing, when we were growing up it was always meat veg and potatoes for dinner, stuff out of the freezer say nuggets or fish fingers rarely and an exotic push the boat out meal would be spaghetti or chilli. My poor mum only started spreading her wings a few years ago and one day I caught her peeling the inside of a pepper. no wonder I had to learn cooking from scratch when I moved in with p. give her her dues though she makes the best roast around. So do you cook like your parents, what were you brought up on ?
28/02/2013 at 11:02
My nana raised us on good hearty foods. Being Irish it was lots of stews, with pearl barley & dumplings, knuckles of meats or ham boiled to within an inch of their life then served with spuds and cabbage. She baked loads, always had milk going off so she could make soda bread, and scones.
My mum's staples were mince based so spag bol, chilli, shepherds pie, we'd hvae Chinese home cooked every saturday night - beef with brocolli, lemon chicken, egg noddles with soy & ginger and homemade prawn prawn crackers. Every Sunday was and is still a roast dinner.
28/02/2013 at 11:04
My parents only ever cooked for me at Christmas They employed someone to look after us after school and she would cook all our meals, including my parents for when they got home. Weekends usually consisted of a meal out, take away or freezer food (if parents were entertaining at home). When we were old enough, my sisters and I cooked. I think that's why I enjoy cooking for my family now though, sitting around the table with my family and a home cooked dinner was something I never really experienced.
Hs mum makes a fab roast and I get the impression that's all she can cook
28/02/2013 at 11:06
Oo Belle that reminded me, my Great Grandma used to make the best stew and dumplings! I loved visiting her!
28/02/2013 at 11:08
How fab ws, sounds amazing having someone to cook. I have to admit though now my kitchen is nearly done I'm loving really cooking.
Irish family here too belle, spuds with everything. I still love doing a big pan of cabbage and bacon if I'm honest. It's inbuilt too I need veg boiled to mush.
28/02/2013 at 11:13
My Mum is a big fan of Shepherds pie, stew, caseroles etc, and a roast on Sunday. It was only during my teens she'd start cooking lasagne, bolognaise etc.
We had something out the freezer on mondays. She always used packet mixes/jars, and never added extra herbs or spices.
In our house, most things are made from scratch, and we like trying new recipes. Kids have frozen stuff twice a week, usually at weekends, a that is all H's 2 kids will eat (they have been brought up on frozen chips and chicken nuggets)
My Mum doesn't like the "exotic" stuff I make. Because stir frys are exotic...
28/02/2013 at 11:20
my mum and dad had quite exotic tastes for the 70/80. we had handmade curry and all sorts of spices, my dad got really into Elizabeth David cooking as well. we stioll had freezer teas as I call them and joints and veg. I remember when I first starting going out with my now husband my mum went through a phase of cooking exotic meat trying to impress him- she found a butcher that did kangaroo, venison and ostrich 9exotic for the Northern Mill town I was brough up in) and my boyfriend was initiated into the family was having his tea every week with these meats. my ILs on the other hand think pasta is exotic and any salad items must be thickly covered in mayonnaise or salad cream. We once took them out for a posh lunch and the burger and chips were served on a wooden board, chips stacked up etc with a pot of salsa. my FIL turned his nose up at the salsa and asked for some ketchup.
28/02/2013 at 11:35
My mum used to make her own curries in the 70s as well - with little dishes for side things like cucumber and dips and stuff. Mostly, though, we ate stuff like shepherd's pie, pork chops, breaded fish and sausages. Pasta was only spaghetti or macaroni - I'm not sure if you could even get the wide variety of pastas you can get now.
She always did a roast on Sundays then do something with the left over meat on Monday. And she still makes cakes.
My MIL has forgotten anything she ever knew about cooking - although I think her idea of cooking was to open a tin and a packet sauce. My SIL says she used to just heat things up, not actually cook anything. Last time we had lunch there it was spaghetti bolognaise out of a tin. It wasn't too bad but its not as if spag bol is difficult to make from scratch.
28/02/2013 at 11:42
Que sera, mines pretty much like yours though now ts all stuff out of a jar,no cooking from scratch . I remember pizza being a treat and it was that vile French bead pizza from mccains
28/02/2013 at 12:36
When I was young I remember that my mum 'cooked' most nights (unless there was literally no money - or electricity!! - which was regularly enough) things like mince and potatoes, stew, egg and chips, sausage and mash, shop bought pie and mash, chicken or beef on a Sunday. But as I got older, that went out the window and there weren't really any dinners any more. She'd buy pot noodles for the younger 2, my other sister would buy herself takeaways (literally every night) and I think I just lived on cheese on toast, cereal and crisps!
I cook from scratch most nights, but my poor younger sister doesnt have a clue and I cant blame her. She eats a lot of takeaways - depending on how flush she is, it could be as many as 5 nights a week, but always 2 or 3. The other nights, she'll do nuggets, pizza, spag bol with jar etc My mother has the bloody cheek to moan about what she feeds her children, but I totally sympathise with her, she has nothing to fall back on in the slightest.
28/02/2013 at 13:29
Dinner with my parents is also very potato based - Im from Northern Ireland.
My mum even landed a spud on top of a pizza once - True story!
At home we would eat pork chops & champ, chicken & boiled potato, mince & spuds, stew, vege soup with a spud. They have started branching out a bit more with stirfrys - although usually with a spud! All very traditional dishes, though mum does make a great lasagne. They would never cook rice / pasta / noodles. S
I remember cracking up when I was wee that I was fed up eating tasteless food! I hate 'dry' food.
I cooked last mothers day & made salmon with noodles and they both loved it. Dad would be more adventurous than mum though so when I have them over i make a point of making something 'different'.
Dinners in our house are very varied. Me & OH rarely eat the same. EG tonight OH is having steak & chips while I am having baked sweet potato, mediterranean vege & haloumi cheese grilled slices. Tomorrow night we are being lazy and having sausages,chips & beans. Havent had that combo in ages so Im looking forward to it!
I make chicken / steak pies and stirfrys but thats about all we will eat thats the same.
28/02/2013 at 14:03
My mum did most of the cooking when I was growing up. One of my fiends told me recently that as her mum was a very tradtional meat and 2 veg cook she loved coming to mine for more "exotic" things like chilli, lasagne, bolognese, curry, risotto, fried chicken, spicy stews etc!
We did have sausage and mash and beans every Saturday lunch and I still love it now! My H and I cook a lot more mexican or thai inspired stuff but I do still cook the old faves from my childhood.
28/02/2013 at 15:28
SasaSi my nana served a helping of boiled potatoes with spaghetti bolognesie she cooked for me and a school friend! Then opened a tin of lychees for pudding.
28/02/2013 at 15:45
Due to allergies my parents both cooked most things from scratch, freezer food was very much only something we got at friends houses. We always ate a very Mediterranean diet and my dad travelled lots so was always cooking weird and wonderful things. It has meant that all of us "kiddies" can cook really well when we choose to. I cook from scratch probably 5 out of 7 nights a week, one night freezer food and one night out or takeaway.
In actually surprised that a lot of us were raised on for like I was, I was under the impression that it was just my mum that was in the warp. Spuds on pizza, you have hot to love em!
Carol I can easily admit that let alone my mum I wouldn't have a clue what to do with a kangaroo!
28/02/2013 at 16:06
I don't think she did really.
28/02/2013 at 16:09
I'm still impressed, I was living of pork chops and stew!
28/02/2013 at 16:40
My mum always made great food, its got worse as shes got older as shes a bit tight on the helpings!
I always loved my mum making pizza as she would make the dough and everything, t'was delicious.
I cook alot more than my mum now. My children rarely eat freezer meals, as they just don't like them. I'd love to cook pizza and chips and it be eaten. E prefers fish and chips but it has to be fresh fish. G eats most things.
28/02/2013 at 17:32
My mum doesn't like cooking - though she is an amazing baker though so we had lots of fab cakes, homemade rice pudding, fruit pies, crumbles, jam tarts, etc.
In terms of savoury food we would live off a stew for days, with dumplings, it was amazing. Then the usual, fish fingers, burgers, mince, sausage and bacon with tinnned toms, peas, carrots or sweetcorn, and boiled/mashed/fried/jacket potatoes or chips. Sometimes the potatoes were substituted for rice. We sometimes had tinned curry! gammon and egg was another favourite. and then pasta with tinned tomatoes and some mince. Roast dinners were a weekend thing. We used to mop up our gravy with bread, which my H finds really weird. We always had bread on the table to eat, no matter what the meal. We didn't have much money so I think the bread was a cheep way to fill us up. I used to make sandwiches out of everything' mashed potatoe sandwich was really good!!
She makes much more 'adventurous' food now, proper pasta sauces, lasagne, etc.
My dad is rubbish at cooking, we used to get taken out when we went to his or he would give us sandwiches.
Strangely they both ended up with people who can cook very well, as both my step dad and step mum are great in the kitchen.
01/03/2013 at 05:16
My mum did all the 'cooking' but never ever cooked ftom scratch, our meals were things like Bernard Matthews turkey drummers with alpha bites, French bread pizza and chips, macaroni cheese, ready meal spaghetti/shepherds pie etc. I cook 90% of our meals from scratch, no idea where this came from as certainly not from my parents.
My dad never cooked, he made fried bread, cut a circle out of the middle and put an egg in the middle which then fried that was the extent of his cooking.
My mum made good home made soup but my aunties was better, she is a great cook and her house is the type of house that u go to and you aren't allowed to leave till iv been fed
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