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wintersdawn Tue 16-Dec-14 22:50:20

Help settle an argument please. Would you cook a full roast beef dinner on Boxing Day?

My DH family does this and in the past I've accepted it as the years it's been with them I've cooked Christmas Day and we've gone to the inlaws on Boxing Day and she's done a roast beef then. However this year we are hosting both days and I've just commented whilst planning the food needed for the two days how nice it'll be not to have two roasts in a row as we can do cold meat and chips on Boxing Day this year.

Needless to say DH has just thrown an almighty strop at the suggestion and can not understand why I would possibly not want to continue what his mum does!

I can't be the only one who finds this odd?.

EatShitDerek Tue 16-Dec-14 22:52:05

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magpieginglebells Tue 16-Dec-14 22:53:21

If he wants a roast on Boxing Day then leave him to sort it out.

thatsmyname123 Tue 16-Dec-14 22:53:33

Why doesn't he cook on Boxing Day then?

wintersdawn Tue 16-Dec-14 22:54:06

It is in my family, chips are done for the main meal with cold meat and the rest of the day is a free for all for anything anyone wants. But his lot seem to want a full on roast with pudding and starter!

sleeplessinderbyshire Tue 16-Dec-14 22:54:39

boxing day is cold meat and salad for lunch and turkey curry for dinner always!

kilmuir Tue 16-Dec-14 22:55:00

Turkey and chips here

DoubleValiumLattePlease Tue 16-Dec-14 22:55:35

Ridiculous! Boxing Day is for cold meats, cheese & biscuits, pickles etc. I have never ever heard of a second great big roast dinner so soon after the last.

wintersdawn Tue 16-Dec-14 22:55:59

Because my husbands idea of cooking is to constantly ask me what timings he needs and when he needs to check things etc etc and then if I refuse to help it invariably ends up ruined and I refuse to have him ruin/ cremate a decent piece of beef.

HenriettaTurkey Tue 16-Dec-14 22:56:06

If you do a meal it's usually salmon ... But really it's leftovers and chocolate.

Agree if he wants a roast it's his job to make it.

JohnCusacksWife Tue 16-Dec-14 22:56:24

God, no! Boxing Day is cold turkey, cheese, chocolate orange & Baileys (although not necessarily all at the same time). Preferably eaten while wearing PJs (following on from another thread Boxing Day is the only day when it's acceptable to stay in your Jamie's all day) fsmile

JohnCusacksWife Tue 16-Dec-14 22:57:34

Jamie's ?? I meant jammies, of course....

TInselaffe Tue 16-Dec-14 22:58:29

Leftovers here as well. IMO if he wants such a labour intensive meal he needs to sort it out.

CakeAndWineAreAFoodGroup Tue 16-Dec-14 22:59:20

Bubble and Squeak and leftovers from Christmas Dinner is what you have on Boxing Day. Followed by as much chocolate as you can manage.

With wine winewine as you're hosting on both days. How did that happen?!

OldLadyKnows Tue 16-Dec-14 22:59:24

I can see how such a tradition arose, if you're hosting two different groups of people over the two days a roast beef would be logical. I agree with others that DP should be the cook for the day, but given your post you could be helpful and write him a timetable. smile

Mrsgrumble Tue 16-Dec-14 23:00:08

What we do (as my parents and his parents) is use the leftovers but maybe some fresh veg and few croquettes or something to bulk out the leftovers

I wouldn't cook another joint

A lot of people have curry I think. I do like to have the Christmas dinner again and wouldn't really want chips but stick to your guns or you'll have to do beef every year

Strops are for toddlers.. I would tell him so

Crikeyblimey Tue 16-Dec-14 23:00:54

Turkey chips and gravy (with any apple sauce / stuffing / bread sauce / cranberry going spare).

It's the Law!!!

DulcetMoans Tue 16-Dec-14 23:01:10

Boxing Day can be even better than Christmas dinner. Meats, pickles, bubble and squeak! Yum! Be good for them to learn the beauty of Boxing Day feast - it's not a roast!

pootlebug Tue 16-Dec-14 23:01:51

boxing day is turkey pie, with a suet pastry crust. best meal of the festive season.

Coumarin Tue 16-Dec-14 23:03:11

Boxing Day is leftovers day. plus all the sugary crap you can eat

My MIL does another roast. When she came to us it was expected that I did the same. I was a terrible neglectful wife.

nocoolnamesleft Tue 16-Dec-14 23:03:33

Boxing Day is glorious leftovers day. When we were kids, on Xmas day, after tea, my mother would announce "the kitchen is now closed". It was reopened on the day after Boxing Day. In between...licence to forage. Mmmmmm. Xmas Day dinner was always my favourite meal of the year...but semi-picnic leftovers on Boxing Day ran a close second.

Coumarin Tue 16-Dec-14 23:03:50

^ Although turkey pie sounds amazing Pootle

WooWooOwl Tue 16-Dec-14 23:06:18

Roast beef yes, a roast dinner no.

Meats, mash and various accompaniments is what happens here. And a huge turkey sandwich at some point in the day is a must.

Discopanda Tue 16-Dec-14 23:08:56

My father-in-law has bought an entire ham for Boxing day as well as a turkey for Christmas day (there'll only be five of them for Xmas dinner!), I always thought Boxing day was for leftovers

CupidStuntSurvivor Tue 16-Dec-14 23:09:51

Well if he's having a strop because you won't cook 2 consecutive large roast meals, tell him to take a running jump. You're his partner, not his cook. Christmas is yours to enjoy too.

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