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National Men Make Dinner Day is today, gentlemen. What culinary delights will you be whipping up this evening?
posted by debralee (90 comments total)

 
Here's an easy one; Beer Can Chicken. Chicken + Beer, a man's dream come true.
posted by CrazyJub at 5:04 AM on November 6, 2003


I make dinner everyday.
posted by grabbingsand at 5:06 AM on November 6, 2003


My first love was such a good (and willing) cook that I didn't even venture to try any cooking on my own until after we separated. These days, I think I'm a pretty good cook, but my husband cooks about half the time, or more, and he's also a great chef.

Is this "National Men Make Dinner Day" something that you would have to have a non-cooking man to know about?
posted by taz at 5:10 AM on November 6, 2003


Yeah, It's cute but I'm not really impressed. My wife is an AMAZING cook as evidenced by her preparing meals for *17* people staying at our house through Halloween weekend.

And while I prefer her to cook, I'm not entirely lazy. I can fake a good Sous Chef or at least help clean up after her while she is making various dishes.

Of course, that's mostly to save me time from cleaning up as any good cook manages to use every dish in the kitchen.
posted by bkdelong at 5:16 AM on November 6, 2003


oh. cleaning up. An international Men Clean Up Month is something I could get behind.

Of course, in my house, I clean up 40 percent of the time and my husband cleans up 10 percent of the time, which means it's just a total mess 50 percent of the time. I'm writing to you right now from that 50 percent....
posted by taz at 5:27 AM on November 6, 2003


For some of the less fortunate of us, every day is "National Men Make Dinner Day".
[/sobs quietly]
posted by seanyboy at 5:28 AM on November 6, 2003


of course what I meant to say was ...

National Men Make Dinner day!
Here you are then Luv' Get yer mouth around this.
It's either that or 'knuckle sandwich.
etc... etc...

repeat until feminists find me and burn down my house.
posted by seanyboy at 5:32 AM on November 6, 2003


Personally I prefer March 14th :o)
posted by ralawrence at 5:35 AM on November 6, 2003


*cooks seanyboy some chicken and sausage gumbo, breaks down his defenses and seduces him away from the "dark side"*
posted by taz at 5:38 AM on November 6, 2003


My girlfriend is having dinner with coworkers (or so she says...). That means that I will celebrate this holiday with the following recipe:

cheese and branston pickle sandwich
serves 1

Cut bits of cheddar off of the big block from Costco. Place on slice of wheat bread. Smear another piece of bread with Branston pickle, and put it on the cheese. Serve with four beers.
posted by Mayor Curley at 5:40 AM on November 6, 2003


Now, there are hundreds-thousands-perhaps millions of men who make dinner for their partners and their families on a regular basis.

Goodness. 0.00003% of men on the planet (perhaps even 0.03%!) make dinner regularly. I didn't realise the scientific evidence was so damning. Certainly will be a talking point for National Men Stop Grunting Day.
posted by rory at 5:42 AM on November 6, 2003


Today is actually Your favorite Plane Ride day
Yeah Taz. Thanks.
posted by seanyboy at 5:43 AM on November 6, 2003


Actually that should be Yay! Taz. Thanks.
In case the latter just sounded sarcastic.
posted by seanyboy at 5:50 AM on November 6, 2003


Hey, I still have some left overs from last month's National Hot Dog Month...
posted by Pressed Rat at 6:00 AM on November 6, 2003


Fine, fine - just as long as no-one comes up with National Stop Scratching Your Crotch Day.

Oooops.
posted by spazzm at 6:00 AM on November 6, 2003


I make dinner every day, too. What other archaic gender stereotypes do you still believe in?
posted by crunchland at 6:14 AM on November 6, 2003


This is 2003. I make dinner every other night.
posted by McBain at 6:15 AM on November 6, 2003


here's some of my favorite recipes:

Lean Pockets Chicken Fajita
1 Lean Pockets Chicken Fajita

Remove Lean Pockets Chicken Fajita from plastic wrapping. Enclose Lean Pockets Chicken Fajita in provided cardboard heating contraption. Place on plate. Microwave for two minutes. Serve.

and

Glass of Water
1 glass of water

Remove glass from cabinet. Fill glass with ice if so desired. Fill remainder of glass with water. Serve. (to relieve hiccups, drink from far side of glass).
posted by DragonBoy at 6:19 AM on November 6, 2003


When do we have National Stop Making Such a Huge Deal about Men Cooking Dinner Day?

I make dinner at least half the time. I think anyone who doesn't cook (everyone CAN cook) is really missing out on one of life's simple pleasures. I'll have a hard day at work and I come home and start chopping vegetables and it's like therapy. I love it. There are few things I'd rather do on a Sunday afternoon than spend the day cooking and baking bread, I just wish I had the time to do it. I couldn't imagine a life where I didn't cook. I have never bought, and I will never buy, a microwave meal.
posted by bondcliff at 6:21 AM on November 6, 2003


what happens when your household consists of 2 men?
I am so confused.
National husband make dinner day - uh oh - can of worms - aaaargh
posted by dprs75 at 6:24 AM on November 6, 2003


I sent the link to my husband.

(but in all fairness, he did all the grocery shopping yesterday himself.)
posted by konolia at 6:29 AM on November 6, 2003


Recipe: Super EZY Curry.

1. Call Takeaway
2. Order Curry, can of coke, 3 poppadoms and Nan Bread
3. Wait half an hour
4. Call Takeaway every 10 minutes until takeaway arrives.
5. Pay money.
posted by seanyboy at 6:29 AM on November 6, 2003


I'll be making raw haunch of megatherium. For the squeamish there's a place on the end where I scraped off most of the hair.
posted by jfuller at 6:30 AM on November 6, 2003


Does this mean a man will show up at my door and offer to make me dinner? Yaaaay!!! Will he be cute? Double yaaaaay!!!!

Seriously though, although I wouldn't be surprised to hear that you MeFi men mostly cook dinner a fair share of the time, you're probably not representative of the men on this planet. Among the men I know, the educated under 40's do cook because they think it's only fair, and many of them cook really well and really like to. But there are still lots of men who never cook - they tend to be older, uneducated, or rather neanderthal. I have a 40 year old brother who honestly thinks he shouldn't have to do anything around the house.
posted by orange swan at 6:33 AM on November 6, 2003


my mother's husband is an amateur chef and cooks more frequently than my mom does. 'nuff said.
posted by pxe2000 at 6:40 AM on November 6, 2003


I didn't know there was such a National Day, but in any case was thinking of rustling up a risotto tonight w. bacon & borlotti beans roughly following Jamie Oliver's recipe but substituting a splash of Frascati wine for the vermouth & adding some saffron for extra colour.
posted by misteraitch at 6:43 AM on November 6, 2003


Seanyboy, you may find this difficult to believe but we phoned for a curry the other night, they said 40 minutes, it arrived in under 15. And it was good too.
posted by biffa at 6:43 AM on November 6, 2003


*stares at gobs of greasy, grimy gopher guts, notices they're purple instead of green;
discovers cans of mutilated monkey meat are also past their sell-by date*


Okay...I'm driving.
posted by Smart Dalek at 6:47 AM on November 6, 2003


biffa:
What's the name of that place?
posted by spazzm at 6:48 AM on November 6, 2003


HOTPOCKETS!!!

..so lonely...
posted by Dr_Octavius at 6:50 AM on November 6, 2003


National Men Make Dinner Day

- you what, are ya sick there sheila.
posted by johnnyboy at 6:50 AM on November 6, 2003


I cook dinner every day, I hate eating out, too many calories for too little flavour. I'm a better cook than I was when I moved out here.

I was out to impress the first girl I went out with in the area. I'd been cooking for a few months and was pretty sure I could get everything done at approximately the same time. I bought a really good bottle of wine, made a nice salad, a potato dish, some rice and a curried chicken. Everything was going fine till she tells me "your chicken isn't cooked!". This is how I'd been eating chicken for a few months, of course it's cooked! "No, it's not cooked, it's warm, but it's not cooked. "

She then explained how to tell if chicken was cooked or not. I guess I had been eating mostly raw chicken for a few months. That which does not kill you makes you stronger, and let me tell you that after my early cooking experiences I have the strength of 10 men. Or very good luck.
posted by substrate at 7:01 AM on November 6, 2003


I will make dinner, contingent on the establishment of National Women Give Head Day.
posted by bingbangbong at 7:01 AM on November 6, 2003


I picked a gallon of parsley, basil, and oregano from the garden Sunday. I'll stop on they way home from work today and get pine nuts, then throw it in the food processor with garlic, olive oil, bread crumbs, capers, anchovies, salt, pepper, and parmesan. Dunno what then--the SO and I are on Atkins, so no pasta. Any ideas, oh ye culinarily-inspired MetaFilterians?
posted by MrMoonPie at 7:03 AM on November 6, 2003


Tater-tot casserole....
posted by grefo at 7:13 AM on November 6, 2003


Oh dear, neither the government nor the marketing whizzes have told me what kind of day next Tuesday is supposed to be...whatever shall I do? I'm sooooo confused....could it be that they are actually going to allow a National Think For Yourself day? Nah...too radical.
posted by rushmc at 7:14 AM on November 6, 2003


Add me to the 0.00000000003% of men to also make dinner for their families every night. Tonight .. curried lentils with sag bhaji.
posted by Danf at 7:25 AM on November 6, 2003


Actually, rushmc, next Tuesday is Veteran's Day. And "rememberance day" in the UK and Canada.

Oh, and Hot/Lean Pockets are much tastier if you microwave them without the sleeve and then toast them in a toaster oven.
posted by Ufez Jones at 7:26 AM on November 6, 2003


next tuesday is national women washing up day (you made all this mess opening a tin of beans !?)
posted by dprs75 at 7:26 AM on November 6, 2003


roast turkey breast, ham, roastbeef on tender layers of butternut honey wheat slathered in hellman's mayo, a generous mound of lay's potato chips and for desert, a box of hostess frosted donettes. all marinated in a babbling brook of diet pepsi.
posted by quonsar at 7:34 AM on November 6, 2003


Dunno what then--the SO and I are on Atkins, so no pasta. Any ideas, oh ye culinarily-inspired MetaFilterians?

You could toss that with some cooked shrimp.
posted by anapestic at 7:35 AM on November 6, 2003


I too cook at home, when I'm not cooking at work. Because of my Nazi-like control of our home kitchen, my girlfriend has become a pretty good cook too.

MrMoonPie, you could use your pesto as a marinade or a sauce on meat (sounds like it would go well with lamb). You could toss sauteed veggies in it or make a tofu lasagna (if you can eat tofu on the Atkins diet). I've never found a good substitution for carbs. I can't see how you do it.

Mmmm. Bread. Pasta. Ice Cream.
posted by password at 7:37 AM on November 6, 2003


I make dinner everyday.

As do I.

Tonight it's tuna casserole:

1 can tuna, drained
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup milk
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup uncooked pasta (shells work well)
salt and pepper to taste

Mix everything in a big bowl and pour into a casserole. Let sit in fridge for 8 hours, bake in a 400-degree oven for one hour. Let cool a little before serving.
posted by briank at 7:48 AM on November 6, 2003


wok (cut in half) fresh baby potatoes with skin on and that pesto+ other veggies of choice... stir pesto in last. works for me.
posted by dabitch at 7:48 AM on November 6, 2003


Personally I prefer March 14th

Mmmm.. pie day...
posted by PrinceValium at 7:51 AM on November 6, 2003


What will I be cooking tonight?

6 6-ounce chicken breasts
6 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
6 tablespoons clarified butter or olive oil

Using a pastry brush, lightly coat a chicken breast with mustard on all sides. Place in bread crumbs and firmly press down. Turn and repeat until entire breast is coated with crumbs. Set aside and repeat with remaining five breasts.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Meanwhile, heat half the butter or olive oil in a 10-inch saute pan over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add 3 breasts and cook for about 2 minutes, until golden brown. Remove to a baking sheet and repeat with the remaining 3 breasts. Set baking sheet in hot oven for 30 minutes. Remove and cover to keep warm.


Tomorrow will be frozen pizza.
posted by faceonmars at 7:53 AM on November 6, 2003


I had to check the year on my calendar to see if I was dreaming upon reading that topic headline.

Yah, welcome to another male stereotype day. I'm also older than your uneducated or rather neanderthal brother, orange swan!, but I cook as well as a lot of the males I know which are married.

The year: 2003. Hello!
posted by alicesshoe at 8:03 AM on November 6, 2003


bingbangbong : I will make dinner, contingent on the establishment of National Women Give Head Day.

So, you will get head one day out of the year because you bowed to make dinner one day? Some guys get a whole lot more head because they're not such nasty sourpusses.
posted by taz at 8:04 AM on November 6, 2003


Pseudo-homemade pizza

1 Store-bought refrigerated pizza crust dough---not Pilsbury
1 can pizza sauce
chopped mushrooms, green peppers, onions, etc.
1 cup fresh shredded mozzerella
1 cup shredded asiago or parmesan.

Arrange; bake; slice.
posted by goethean at 8:13 AM on November 6, 2003


I feed my family every day. I'd like to have any prizes I deserve given to any group working to oust Bush from his squat in the White House.

I'd like to thank my family & most especially my daughter for dealing so patiently with my "recipes".
posted by filchyboy at 8:31 AM on November 6, 2003


I'm deliberately making an effort not to stereotype, aliceshoe. Most of my men friends - both single and married - are great cooks and do their share of housework. But this isn't representative of the general population Canada at least, and I doubt it's much different in the States. Women in general are still doing far more than their share of the housework and childcare, as well as care of aging parents. Theme days like this may seem condescending to someone like you who does do housework as a matter of course, but it's really intended to help change things in homes where the men have a long way to go.

Though I recognize there are way more factors at work than men just refusing to pitch in. For instance, my dad would be willing to help with the housework despite his severe disability, but my mother is always so critical of the way he does everything that he gave up trying to help her.
posted by orange swan at 8:31 AM on November 6, 2003


seannyboy & biffa: If you order a curry from Spice Nutriment in Brighton the standard wait is 1 hour. Even if you call as soon as they open. Average wait is 90mins.

But they're sooooo good. Well worth it.

'I go out, Firday night,
I get really plastered;
Go back 'ome...'


You know the rest ;-)

MrMoonPie: ...the SO and I are on Atkins, so no pasta. Any ideas..?
Yeah, cut yer throats ya idiots ;-)
posted by i_cola at 8:32 AM on November 6, 2003


Or some cooked chicken, MrMoonPie. I bet you could put that on some chicken, with a side salad. Sounds delicious!
posted by onlyconnect at 8:34 AM on November 6, 2003


Oh, and goethean, as a student I used to make pseudo-pizzas using pitas for crust. Super quick and easy and worked quite well.
posted by orange swan at 8:34 AM on November 6, 2003


Spice Nutriment? Good grief, is it a Dune-themed curryhouse?

Sounds medicinal anyway.
posted by bifter at 8:40 AM on November 6, 2003


hrmmm, i'm thinking firey shrimp & angel hair tonite... but then again, i always cook. i can't think of a woman that has cooked for me outside of someone in my family...
posted by jbelshaw at 8:41 AM on November 6, 2003


BBQ'ing is not allowed on Men Make Dinner Day? To hell with that! When it comes to putting a meal together, there is nothing better than throwing some meat on the grill.
posted by tomorama at 8:47 AM on November 6, 2003


my dad was a single parent so he always made dinner, and over the years he became incredibly talented and versatile. every night was world cuisine night, and my homemade lunches were the envy of all my school mates. plus he was a real drummer, so jamie and emeril never had anything on him, heh.

so - rushmc? - next monday is international "tracy's dad was a great cook & jazz musician" day (his bday was nov 10) for anyone who wants to observe it :-D something with red wine and a charlie parker cd would be appropriate.

meanwhile tonight my s/o will be doing nothing fancier than buying us hotdog cart fare while we wait outside massey hall to see the G3 concert. otherwise we share the cooking chores and often make dinner together. it's a nice way of finding time to hang out in the mid of a busy week.
posted by t r a c y at 9:01 AM on November 6, 2003


Right, tomorama. My current favorite is teriyaki Ahi kebabs, with jumbo shrimp, bell pepper and onion. So good.

But I do cook probably half the time at home. I make a mean spaghetti, roast chicken, several other recognizable foodstuffs. And I learned long ago that if you want to make something good, just cook whatever you have in white wine and butter.

Unless it's pimento loaf. I got no love for pimento loaf.
posted by Kafkaesque at 9:04 AM on November 6, 2003


I thought it said "National Make Men Dinner Day". That sounded like a Hallmark holiday I could get behind.
posted by msacheson at 9:19 AM on November 6, 2003


I make dinner every day as well. My girlfriend only makes spaghetti with sauce from a jar, in spite of the fact that the same effort can easily be applied towards creating a great pasta dish out of bits and pieces from the fridge.
posted by 2sheets at 9:19 AM on November 6, 2003


my husband does 90% of the housework and cooks gourmet meals 5 out of 7 nights a week, plus brunch on sundays. i can't complain. i think tonight we are having lamb steaks with a balsamic vinegar reduction, polenta with bleu cheese and asparagus.

i think it is stereotypical in this day and age to assume that men don't cook.
posted by centrs at 9:21 AM on November 6, 2003


Amazing how MeFites will jump at any excuse to post recipes.

Not that I'm complaining.

But being a slot, not a peg, I'll refrain from posting my recipe for, say, cold banana bisque.
posted by orange swan at 9:24 AM on November 6, 2003


in spite of the fact that the same effort can easily be applied towards creating a great pasta dish out of bits and pieces from the fridge.

If you remove the rubber seal around the door, it makes a tasty spaghetti substitute.
posted by crunchland at 9:28 AM on November 6, 2003


but I cook as well as a lot of the males I know which are married

Yes, but anyone who identifies with some woman's shoe is clearly whipped and must be disqualified from the sample. ;)

::: tries to decide whether to eat at Danf's house or centrs' house :::
posted by rushmc at 9:50 AM on November 6, 2003


And don't forget... next week is National Women Get a Job Day, too. Woohoo! Gotta love stereotypes.
posted by hurkle at 9:50 AM on November 6, 2003


oh crap. I cooked last night. Here's the recipe: pull lasagna from fridge, place in oven, pour wine and eat bread. Now I have to cook two nights in a row? That ain't right.
posted by soren at 10:19 AM on November 6, 2003


This is too bad:

Q. Is there a NATIONAL MEN MAKE DINNER DAY parade?

A. Not yet.


From the FAQ
posted by lilboo at 10:29 AM on November 6, 2003


WolfDaddy's Shockingly Easy Spicy-or-Not Salsa (I'll make it if you provide the chips):

2 cans Mexican Stewed Tomatoes
2-3 Ripe Roma Tomatoes
1 Large White Onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2-16 Fresh (or you can roast them) Jalapenos (to taste, natch)
Salt/Pepper to taste
Juice of 1 lemon
Cilantro (for color AND flavor) or Parsley (for just color)

Put all this shit in a big blender. Blend. Pour in bowl. Refrigerate for several hours. Consume.
posted by WolfDaddy at 10:54 AM on November 6, 2003


centrs dinner sounds pretty damn good, alas tonight I will be having rice cakes in an attempt to foil the workings of 7 inoculations and anti-malarial tablets.

Notsnot: Where's the stollen recipe?
posted by biffa at 11:00 AM on November 6, 2003


Drop one clove of garlic and substitute 2 habaneros for 2 of your 16 jalapenos and you've got something good there, WolfDaddy!

It is also excellent to microwave the salsa on high for 10 minutes. I like this so well that I rarely eat it uncooked anymore.
posted by rushmc at 12:21 PM on November 6, 2003


I picked a gallon of parsley, basil, and oregano from the garden Sunday. I'll stop on they way home from work today and get pine nuts, then throw it in the food processor with garlic, olive oil, bread crumbs, capers, anchovies, salt, pepper, and parmesan. Dunno what then--the SO and I are on Atkins, so no pasta. Any ideas, oh ye culinarily-inspired MetaFilterians?
posted by MrMoonPie at 7:03 AM PST on November 6


MrMoonPie - Grill boneless skinless chicken breasts, slice after cooking, spread thickly with pesto, serve with sliced tomato. Also works with swordfish instead of chicken. Yumm
posted by yesster at 12:38 PM on November 6, 2003


Are you saying national days like this will change things in homes where some of the men have a way to go when it comes to cooking and housework, orange swan? I kind of doubt it.

It's like secretary day, where the boss doesn't yell and verbally abuse his secretary for a day. Imagine that! That'll solve it.

ok, I just don't have an immediate solution for enlightenment, but I suspect it would start at a young age. Granted, I'm not representative of the general population.

As for your Mom criticizing your Dad's efforts in household duties, sounds like.....well, that's an entirely different topic.

Posting recipes, I thought that was only allowed in MeTa. Especially pies.

rushmc, whipped eh? I wish. :)

Yah notsnot, give up that stollen!
posted by alicesshoe at 12:50 PM on November 6, 2003


Are you saying national days like this will change things

"Help" to change things, aliceshoe, and yes, these awareness raising days do make some difference. They often inspire media coverage and articles and, well, discussion on web logs.

I think things are changing and that they are continuing to change. As for enlightenment, when I was looking for articles I found that the more education men and women have, the more likely they are to have an equitable housekeeping arrangement. Also, with people living on their own for longer and getting married later, people learn about what it takes to run a household so they are less likely to take someone else's work for granted, and they learn how to cook and clean.

Good luck finding someone to whip you, aliceshoe:-) Not that I condone whipping, oh no, not at all.
posted by orange swan at 1:08 PM on November 6, 2003


So are ready for a "Men of Mefi" calendar?

Posted in our kitches with nothing but our aprons?

(any proceeds would be used to further the ouster. . .well you know the rest)
posted by Danf at 1:14 PM on November 6, 2003


I can see it, Danf! With some outstanding quote printed below the picture.

But then - since we really love each other metaphysically and maybe the best posters amongst us aren't photogenic, perhaps we should go with a no picture tear-away thought of the day calendar, which would feature stellar quotes.
posted by orange swan at 1:25 PM on November 6, 2003


> So are ready for a "Men of Mefi" calendar?
>
> Posted in our kitches with nothing but our aprons?

As long as the stove is stone cold off. I can't think of anything more dangerous for a guy than cooking naked, except maybe blacksmithing naked.
posted by jfuller at 1:39 PM on November 6, 2003


As long as the stove is stone cold off. I can't think of anything more dangerous for a guy than cooking naked, except maybe blacksmithing naked.

Well if there were a pic of me, a representative one would have me being frogmarched, naked, into Metatalk and tied to a stock next to Miguel.
posted by Danf at 2:20 PM on November 6, 2003


National Men Make Dinner Day has a long rich history in my family. I still look back fondly when I think of my Uncle Virgil who would get knackered, tell a few jokes and share wonderful stories of past NMMDDs as we huddled around the fireplace sipping hot cider and giggling.

Kinda made us look forward to "National Can We Get A Friggin' Damn Break From Queer Eye" day.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 2:52 PM on November 6, 2003


me being frogmarched, naked, into Metatalk
No Danf, just nail you to a T-bone steak, like teriyaki sauce, because that's what I'm having unless do some grocery shopping, bluck on that. The side dishes, any vegetables on hand steamed, then downed with a beer. Since this day is way too "stereotyping", even some cave man will grill; Are the woman doing the dishes then? Well, it's a polite nice deed to the cook which show appreciation, mmm! good!

orange swan, you say your brother does no cooking. Does he have a barbecue/gas grill? This image has left me with a man whom lives at home with mom, sorry.
posted by thomcatspike at 2:57 PM on November 6, 2003


What culinary delights will you be whipping up this evening?

SPAM!
posted by Wulfgar! at 3:47 PM on November 6, 2003


This is easy and tasty.

Chop some veggies - buk choy and red pepper, for example - and put in saucepan with some fresh noodles. Pour boiling water over it and set to simmer.

Slice meat or fish thinly and cook in frying pan with some sort of chilli paste like Laksa or Sambal Oelek.

Drain noodles and vegetables and add to meat. Stir in some cocoanut cream to make a bit more sauce.

That's it.

Briank, does the uncooked pasta cook in the tuna bake?
posted by emf at 7:58 PM on November 6, 2003


I had Chinese takeout today, but for tomorrow I'm planning on roasting a whole trout stuffed with herbs and garlic with a side of new potatoes dressed with lemon juice, olive oil, and some herbs. I love cooking, but I hate washing up.
posted by gyc at 8:14 PM on November 6, 2003


Thomcatspike, my brother is married with four children, and his wife works full time. I think a big part of the problem with him is that he never lived on his own before he got married - he got married at 21 and always lived at home until then, except when he went to college - and then he was home every weekend. And, as I've said, my mother does all the housework as no one else can do anything to her satisfaction. So, I think it would have done E. a world of good to live on his own, because he's never had to cook or clean or do much of anything around the house - that is, not unless his wife gets really mad at him first. I don't think he even realizes how much work is involved. And he complains about the the way the house is run. He is very hard-working, accomplishes a lot, and also spends lots of time with his kids, but still, I don't know how his wife can stand it. I'd have snatched him bald by now. Fortunately his type is going the way of the dodo bird.
posted by orange swan at 9:20 PM on November 6, 2003


Oh, and yeah, he DOES have a barbeque and that's the one thing he does - but there have been times when we've been over there for a barbeque and he's cooking the meat and his wife is setting out the salads and veggies and chips and dessert and drinks, and he complains that things aren't ready at just the right time because "he's doing all the work".

He's Fred Flinstone in living colour, really.
posted by orange swan at 9:23 PM on November 6, 2003


I'll give you, orange swan that the awareness day makes some difference due to media running with it. I won't give you the weblogs though, somehow. Neanderthals blog? Damn.

ok, ok, another assumption on my part. Mea culpa.

Gee your brother sure is getting raked over the coals, I take he doesn't blog! No more Sunday dinners for you. ;)

I think rushmc meant another kind of whipping, but thanks. ;)
posted by alicesshoe at 4:57 AM on November 7, 2003


They rejected my suggestion for the day-title: Here's a Map to the Kitchen, Make Your Own Damn Dinner Day.
(orange swan's relatives are in desperate need of this more direct approach.)

Actually, *I'm* not much of a cook. Wish I could order takeout every day from some fellow Mefites.
posted by NorthernLite at 8:54 AM on November 7, 2003


spazzm: What's the name of that place?

Sorry, didn't see the question, its the Al Madina in Coventry, UK.
posted by biffa at 10:49 AM on November 7, 2003


Follow-up: I shelled 2 pounds of shrimp, sauted them lightly in olive oil for a minute or so, then added the pesto and sauted an additional minute or so. Add a salad, and that's dinner. Plus, I now have three pints of pesto in the freezer. Anyone want to come over and help me get rid of it?
posted by MrMoonPie at 12:38 PM on November 7, 2003


He's Fred Flinstone in living colour, really.
Understand.
posted by thomcatspike at 9:47 AM on November 10, 2003


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