Fridge Trolls.....they eat bloody everything

(21 Posts)
NearTheWindmill Fri 27-Dec-13 07:42:57

I meal plan but I also buy food for the teenagers to eat as they please, especially when they get home from school - especially as I work full time and they have two or three hours until dinner. DH and I both remember coming home from school absolutely starving and here being nothing very appetising in the fridge.

Hence there are always yoghurts, fruit, cake, cheese and biscuits, available for them. I do buy those sorts of things more or less daily though otherwise they would hoover whatever was there. DS is having a gap year and I have also been cooking big bowls of pasta since September so he has stuff for lunch. He goes to NZ on 3rd January and I think there will be considerably less spent on food. sad

lessonsintightropes Fri 27-Dec-13 04:09:34

I get grumpy when people DH don't fridge-cull, otherwise stuff either goes to waste, or I eat it. However I had the opposite problem this evening and had to make extra stuffing for leftover sandwiches as the gannets ate the lot at the table, and Boxing Day sandwiches without extra stuffing balls just aren't the same fgrin

But it sounds very, very annoying when you've planned it all!

NoComet Fri 27-Dec-13 01:30:42

My parents simply didn't have the money not to meal plan.
Also we lived in a small town with very expensive local shops. Eating things that got replaced once a month in Tesco or once every six weeks from Sainsbury's was not likely to make DM happy.

We lived on a small estate and played in each other's houses, gardens, but everyone went home for meals. Only as much older teens when I had more distant friends would their mums' feed visitors and it was always the Mum's.

Might never saw a dad or a child help themselves to food, it was always controlled by the woman of the house.

With one exception, my best friend cooked a mean roast dinner (but again that was a planned budgeted meal for everyone, not this weird modern free for all). Also if she cooked she didn't have to chase sheep or man the office phone, so there was a reason for hiding in the kitchen. It was also warm.

timidviper Fri 27-Dec-13 00:42:12

I made a lovely carrot cake for friends the other day, had quite a bit left and just fancied a piece after lunch today but couldn't find the Tupperware box with it in.

Me: DH where's the cake? Have you moved it?
DH: I've eaten it
Me: What? All of it? shock
DH: Yes. I ate 3 and a 1/2 pieces. Why? Did you want some?
Me: Yes I did
DH: I wish you'd told me earlier. I feel sick now and only ate it because I was tidying up and wanted to put the box away!

Oddly enough I wasn't over-sympathetic grin

Takingbackmonday Fri 27-Dec-13 00:32:40

Sorry I mean food in the house is there for everyone

Takingbackmonday Fri 27-Dec-13 00:23:44

WHAT!?

The fridge is a free for all when I go home!

My Dad has always made a big thing out of food being there for when I am home (only child so maybe that is it?) because it was my home and despite being an adult when I am there, it is there to plunder!

ashamedoverthinker Thu 26-Dec-13 23:56:19

Not a teen my DH!

We nearly divorced over an incident with cheese.

He has a lot of form. I think I shall have to resort to labels.

If it's not him in the fridge, its the little girl one mewing at the fruit bowl.

Are they never full?

NearTheWindmill Thu 26-Dec-13 23:39:07

Sainsbury's every night kungfu. There was a stage where DS ate a packet of six yoghurts; he just took the top storey out of the fridge! Also I used to have to buy a meal for one (pasta) for him to have wwhen he got in from school and they would get through a packet of Tunnocks tea cakes before supper.

KungFuBustle Thu 26-Dec-13 22:09:51

I am dreading this. DS is ten and we go through 12 yogurts and two fruit bowls a week. He's still at the stage where fruit and yogurt are yummy treats.

I dread when he wants real food between meals to sustain all those teenage growth spurts. I meal plan, I have no idea how you factor that type of hunger in.

coffeeinbed Thu 26-Dec-13 22:00:37

mine is on the sofa next to me now.
he'll raid the fridge as soon as I go to sleep.
the dog will stand next and admire.

NoComet Thu 26-Dec-13 21:59:24

He's in charge of the bread machine, he eats it he makes some more. Everyone else can take or leave cheese and no one else likes marmalade so he can stuff that on toast too.

NoComet Thu 26-Dec-13 21:57:36

Threads like this puzzle me.
Didn't your mothers and your guests mothers kill them if they ate anything without permission.

My mother meal planned and budgeted every pennies worth of food in the entire house. We'd have been hung drawn and quartered if we had eaten anything without asking.

I just don't get browsing teens. Yes my lot will eat biscuits and fruit, but they wouldn't eat leftovers out the fridge. DH knows he has free range at bread and cheese, and cereal bars, but anything else he asks.

flipchart Thu 26-Dec-13 21:41:19

Fill your fridge withstuffthey don't like.

No one touches my tofu!

Purplepoodle Thu 26-Dec-13 21:38:59

My mum had us well trained with fridge etiquette. We always had to ask before we snuffled something (not much money so food for planned meals couldn't be replaced). It just mum and dd now and poor dad still asks mum lol

BrownSauceSandwich Thu 26-Dec-13 21:17:00

Mmmm... Macaroni cheese...

ashamedoverthinker Thu 26-Dec-13 21:12:06

Annunziata - its a classic combination - I intended to serve the ham on the side...I glazed it every 10 minutes when it was baking too.

<meekly flutters wings>

LOL @ MIL cafe

sanity when I first read your post I thought the 'double stuffing' balls was some sort of stuffing concept akin to a scotch egg that would compliment the bird in bird roasts...then I realised you meant double numbers.

I have some stuffing balls left <holds up balls in crinkled foil>

SanityClause Thu 26-Dec-13 20:58:59

I made double stuffing balls this year, so we could have some for "leftovers". There were none left by the time I put dinner on the table tonight.

cafebistro Thu 26-Dec-13 20:53:29

We don't call them trolls in our house they're called MIL. Honestly she can scran for England.

cafebistro Thu 26-Dec-13 20:52:17

We don't call them trolls in our house their called MIL. Honestly she can scran for England wink

Annunziata Thu 26-Dec-13 20:48:35

Macaroni and ham? YABU.

I have a full set of fridge trolls too. But if there are fridge trolls, there must be fridge fairies to fill it up again, so I am always hoping smile

ashamedoverthinker Thu 26-Dec-13 20:42:32

Well AIBU?

You do your meal plans, budget, odd bit of batch cooking, play spot the magic chicken and what happens?

Some fridge troll comes along and eats half a joint of cooked gammon (yes i know its ham but I wanted to infer of my homecookingness) that was meant to go with my deluxe macaroni cheese and veg...arrggghhh.

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