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    Question Dad's that cook

    Folks,
    As I've said here before, my mother is a shocking cook and if it came down to it, I'd sooner have my father cook a meal rather than her.
    My father was born in England (Tavistock to be precise) and he picked up quite a few recipes over there before he moved here in the 50's.
    My Grand-father (his father) was always the Chef on Xmas day with a huge turkey cooked in an old coal range, roast veges, and Yorkshire puddings, damn I loved them things.
    The stuffing in the turkey was to die for, even in so much that I haven't been able to replicate it myself since.
    When my Grand-father passed away in 1998, we didn't know what to do at Xmas time, my auntie cooked the dinner and she should have filled a bed-pan with gravy because it was as dry as the Sahara.
    No good at all.
    So while all the feminists are barking about how bad men are with household chores, let's
    hear your stories of mens cooking?

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    Re: Dad's that cook

    My mother and father can both cook well, and utilize distinct methods. My father is more uptight, organized when it comes to cooking makes unusual combinations which turn out well usually.
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    Re: Dad's that cook

    My father what the master of burning a grilled cheese.

    But...

    Dude is mean on an open fire grate. If it's a meat product, he can find the right wood to cook it over. I picked up my open wood pit savvy from him.

    My mother is a boxed meal chef. (macaroni and cheese, hamburger helper...) She can put together a decent roast but for the most part she's a quick and easy type meal kinda chick.

    I picked up an interest in cooking when both my parents started working. I was in my teens and before and after school I had to fend for myself in the kitchen. Turns out I have a knack for anything food related. I like food, I like to eat food, so it only goes in logic that I should learn to like to cook it.
    Preparing and cooking food is a soothing process for me. When my folks split my dad and I split the cooking when we were both around to cook a meal. Short of that we fended for ourselves. A year after the divorce I shipped off to boot camp and spent the next 4 years in the military stationed in Germany. The food culture over there interested me as it was vast and there was a variety of countries represented by restaurants on the economy and with my military counterparts.

    Food has a tendency to bring people together....I have a mind to enjoy camaraderie and companionship, so I tend to lean towards using something I like (food, meals, bbq's) to bring those in my life together for a spell at any given time. Whether it be family, friends, or new acquaintances, I like to get together over a meal that is prepared with the thought of those who will enjoy it will enjoy each other as well.

    In my last two relationships (marriage which ended in divorce, and a girlfriend who was impossible to live with sober) I did the majority of the cooking. I was better at it and I didn't see it as a chore as they did. In both relationships there were children involved so I learned to cook for them as well.

    My current relationship is a new twist on the issue with me. My lady is a fucking chef. She is professionally trained and can cook some fantastic meals. We mesh well in the kitchen and I have someone now to prepare a meal for me as I do for her. It's perfect. If you could base a life long relationship on how well you get on with your spouse in the kitchen we'd be married already. (in some other country rather then the U.S. of course.)

    So that's me in a nutshell when it comes to food. Sorry for the inactivity as of late. I just made a trip across the Midwest of the U.S and I'm living in a new place and trying to get settled.

    Will be up and running with some new food recipes and articles sooner rather then later.

    Merry Christmas guys and gals. Remember that food is one thing that should never be denied any one. If you know someone in need or not so well off as yourself invite them for a meal every now and again. It may be that simple gesture of kindness which gets them through a tough time.
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    Re: Dad's that cook

    Both of my parents are long gone, and my brother followed them a few weeks ago.

    I do not recall my Dad's cooking but I do remember well my mother's limited repertoire. You knew very well what you were having by the day of the week.
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    Oh dear Percy,
    I'm sorry to hear that news.
    I can agree that my own mother had the same repertoire.
    Monday night was meat and 3 veg, Tuesday night the same, Wednesday the same, Thursday was chips and eggs, Friday night was fish and chip night (thank God), Saturday and Sunday nights she didn't cook, so we lived on jam sandwiches.
    No wonder I could never put any weight on as a kid.

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    Re: Dad's that cook

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    My mother and father can both cook well, and utilize distinct methods. My father is more uptight, organized when it comes to cooking makes unusual combinations which turn out well usually.
    The same with both me and my wife. My ex, however, was the master of burning everything she touched. I had to take over the cooking because she started undercooking things terribly or overcooking the taste out of them.

    I usually make many exotic types of pudding, creams, and very tasty fried potatos with a side of grilled meat. I take my time to make the balance perfect between taste and crisp, giving it a crispy exterior with juicy interior. My wife is great at cooking soups and grilling also. We make a great team in the kitchen and I have no doubt of her cooking.

    I cooked once in the countryside with a wooden fire and an old beaten-up pan, but the food that came out of it did not seem like it was cooked in those conditions. It actually came out quite great.

    I also make Romanian potato pies and Hungarian Langos with salami. This kind of food really makes a great "junk food day" meal :P

    This type of cooking I actually learned from my father, who cooks plenty of very tasty breaded meat. He also taught me some secrets in the kitchen to make the food juicier but healthy at the same time.

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    Miguel,
    I can whole-heartedly agree with what you are saying.
    It's funny how you learn (for better or worse) from an ex or current partner.
    Coming from Scotland, Stace was bought up with really stodgy meals of beef, lamb and a tonne of mashed potatoes.
    When we shifted in together, I said, OK let's have a go at making this or that, the first few attempts were pretty gay, but we found we both enjoyed stir-fry food.
    I taught her how to cook seafood properly, she taught me how to do a really good roast of beef or pork in the oven (which is NOT an easy thing to do).

    And at the end of the day, that is a really good thing we have together, the love of decent food, that isn't burned or half-raw.

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    A love of food breaks down many barriers my similarly hungry friend.
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    Re: Dad's that cook

    We were very lucky in our house hold both mum and dad were good cooks plus we were self sufficant in veg as we had a large garden the routine was mum cooked all week except Sunday as dad worked 6 days on Sunday he would cook dinner and us three boys had to make the tea as Sunday was mum's day off.

    Now I cook most days as I love cooking even took home economics as an O level at school and passed with flying colours its the only school qualification I'm proud of


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    Re: Dad's that cook

    Both of my parents can cook really well, as well as my maternal grandparents. I start cooking at a young age, just helping out and stirring things.

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    Re: Dad's that cook

    Kinda wish I had something to say...but the only person in my family who can cook worth a damn is my mother.

    My father: has never been seen to make anything more complicated than a grilled cheese.

    My stepfather: enjoys ALL of his food half-cooked, including fish, bacon, steaks, potatoes. I'm surprised he hasn't gotten sick from food poisoning more than the 3 times I know about.

    My stepmother: cooks anything meat related into a wonderful charcoal brisket, and ANY vegetable that comes into her home gets boiled til it is a sad, soggy mess.

    My mother: goddess of food. She can cook nearly anything...real Mexican, German, Italian, American, Brazilian, Chinese. And her desserts! Of course, I've not been able/willing to eat much of what she makes but it still makes my mouth water when she cooks.

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    If there's ever an international MRA barbeque, I'd like to see MikeT and Bmiricle in charge of things.

    Ah, talk of food inevitably makes my kitchen a gravitational force.

    Anyone seen the American show 'Man vs Food'? A real manly production.
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    Celtic Druid,
    At the end of the day, this sort of thing is not difficult to do.
    You can find fresh veges in the supermarket or you can grow your own (they taste better).
    The fact that people these days tend to gravitate towards packaged "meals", is just how slack our education system has got.
    Where people cannot for Christ sakes steam some beans or peas or par-fry some chuck steak, before you put it in a casserole, with some carrots and whatever.
    Maybe people have lost their imagination when it comes to cooking and the m/wave is so much "easier"

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    My Mom was a decent cook, liked to experiment. Half of the time my brother and sister and Dad were wonder what the hell was just put on the table. Most of it was good, some of it was *ummm* toxic.

    My Dad was the King of the slow cooker, wood smoker, BBQ, and grill. Give him a bag of wood, or charcoal and and a sliced up animal, and you would be eating well. He also cooked a great stir-fry and Gumbo.

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    My dad made a few things well. Like chuck steak on the grill...my mouth is watering thinking about it. When paired with my mother's fresh onion topping, it was irresistible.

    My mom was a really good cook. She never taught us kids, as we were not allowed in the kitchen except to clean it.

    Myself, if it involves more than about 30 minutes of prep time, I'm really not interested. I can cook, just don't really enjoy it.


 
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