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To think that a roast isn't the only thing that's a 'proper cooked dinner'?

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lalaland30008 Tue 23-Oct-12 23:23:07

A minor thing, it really irritates me and don't know if I'm being stupid or if I'm the only one who thinks like this.

My mum has got this thing with calling a roast a 'proper cooked dinner', so if you have a chilli or a spag bol it's not a proper cooked dinner.

So I'm having a conversation with my mum about what she's had and she says 'oh we didn't have a proper cooked dinner' just eggs and chips/pie, mash and beans, you name it, but if it's not a roast it's not proper.

We're talking about aunty x, aunty x does a proper cooked dinner most nights. By that she means she does a roast.

Why do I get more than slightly irritated by this? Why not just call it a bloody roast as if it's cooked on the cooker it's a bloody cooked dinner.

TiAAAAARGHo Tue 23-Oct-12 23:25:52

I'm with you. If its cooked, its cooked. And if Aunty X does a full roast every night, she's bonkers.

Sparklyblue Tue 23-Oct-12 23:26:59

That would drive mr insane.

Sparklyblue Tue 23-Oct-12 23:27:35

me not mr blush

MadameCreeper Tue 23-Oct-12 23:38:02

How odd, madness.

cory Tue 23-Oct-12 23:38:32

If Aunty X does a full roast every night, she is considerably lazier than the people who cook up spaghetti bols or chillis or anything else that doesn't just rely on shoving things in the oven and putting your feet up. Just a thought smile

A roast is what I do when I can't be arsed to cook.

Bogeyface Tue 23-Oct-12 23:42:55

Bet Aunty X is actually Aunt Bessie wink

And if a roast is the only "proper" cooked dinner then we only have a proper dinner once a month!

lalaland30008 Tue 23-Oct-12 23:42:55

Ha, glad I'm not the only one. I feel extremely guilty for starting a thread about my very lovely mum but feel a strong urge to ask her not to call them proper cooked dinners anymore and point out that other food isn't inferior.

WorraLiberty Tue 23-Oct-12 23:46:28

Lol my mum served up potatoes with every single dinner!

If it didn't contain potatoes it was 'not a proper dinner' according to her confused

Imagine my delight when my older sister learnt to make spag bol. I nearly bit her arm off for it cos I was sick to death of fecking potatoes!!

MrsCantSayAnything Tue 23-Oct-12 23:48:23

WHO can eat a roast meal EVERY night??

My MIL has a thing where she say "Oh this is a lovely, hearty meal."

FUCK OFF. I think.



I have PMT and there's a history with MIL and I.

HissyByName Tue 23-Oct-12 23:50:47

A proper meal... that's why Carvery places get so many Michelin stars...

Your mums a bit of a muppet! smile

lalaland30008 Tue 23-Oct-12 23:51:25

Sounds like my mum worra, think it's a generation thing, probably because she grew up with 7 siblings and a big bag of spuds to last the week. Still not knocking her roast potatoes or homemade chips.

HissyByName Tue 23-Oct-12 23:52:21

I only roast something when i haven't got time to do anything 'proper'


WorraLiberty Tue 23-Oct-12 23:55:38

Yeah that's true actually.

I come from a large Irish family and the large sack of spuds in the kitchen just about lasted a week!

MrsCantSayAnything Wed 24-Oct-12 00:13:09

Hissy "Roast egg"? Or "Roast Beans"?

InSPsFanjoNoOneHearsYouScream Wed 24-Oct-12 00:16:33

I've had skips and crispy M&M's for tea. So anything is better then that grin

EllenParsons Wed 24-Oct-12 00:19:26

Ha this is crazy, a roast obviously is not the only "proper cooked dinner"! hmm at that.

ShadowsCollideWithPeople Wed 24-Oct-12 00:29:29

YANBU. I actually hate roast dinners, would much prefer soup, pasta, pizza, salad etc. My Nan is like your Mum though. Every time I pop in to visit her, she asks what DP and I are having for dinner. Then always if I am cooking spuds. Even if I tell her we are having pasta or rice or something, she still asks if we are having some form of potatoes. Do we have spuds much? Does DP not want spuds and meat every day? Nan really does not see pasta / rice / soup as a dinner. Then she gives me a telling off for not cooking enough spuds for DP grin. In fairness, she is 85 and Irish, and has probably cooked potatoes for dinner every day for at least the last 60 years. Then, my Dad is not quite 60 yet, and he still is of the belief that a real dinner must always consist of meat and potatoes. Drives my Mum mad. He would eat a roast dinner (with mashed and roast potatoes, and a huge hunk of meat) every night given half a chance.

Alisvolatpropiis Wed 24-Oct-12 00:54:48

I think "cooked dinner" can be a colloquialism for Sunday roast in some areas.

InSPsFanjoNoOneHearsYouScream Wed 24-Oct-12 00:58:05

shadows my nanna is Irish and has meat, veg and 2 forms of potatoe for dinner every single day!

midseasonsale Wed 24-Oct-12 01:03:13

anything hot and cooked wold be proper to me

steppemum Wed 24-Oct-12 01:06:57

ah, but is a chicken roast not a bit of a cop out and if we are talking Proper Roast Dinner here is has to be beef or lamb???

FreddieMercurysEnormusPumpkin Wed 24-Oct-12 01:07:11

A proper cooked dinner to me is meat and two veg. Then again I am Irish and have potatoes most nights...I do pasta or lasagne or a stirfry about once a week and don't really consider that a 'proper' dinner...jesus I have turned into my Mother!

WorraLiberty Wed 24-Oct-12 01:10:13

Worse still Freddie you've turned into my mother God rest her soul!! grin

I swear to God if she could be reincarnated she'd come back as a potato peeler and sit in my kitchen frowning upon the rice.....

CelineMcBean Wed 24-Oct-12 01:15:40

I expect it's a generational thing. My PIL thinks I cook every night for dh and that I do a big three course dinner on a Sunday. Of course I don't. We had macaroni cheese last Sunday and most nights dh sticks a ready meal in the oven!

It's a funny idea that it's not a proper meal unless there's meat and two veg cooked and served by the little woman but not uncommon among the unimaginative of a certain age who often also, like pil, expect wifey to be doing all the household stuff as well as being dh's PA. I am tempted to offer to shop for Dh's side of the family for Xmas this year. Mil would get How to be a woman by Caitlin Moran and FIL would get a copy of The Socialist Manifesto. Just to rock their world a bit.

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