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Home cooking. Or lack of. Post Christmas meal.

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MarianneSolong Tue 29-Dec-15 10:52:14

If you have people round for a big meal, would you expect to do some actual cooking i.e. bake or roast something, do veg prep etc etc?

I didn't see my family over Christmas, but went to see relatives for a 'big' meal yesterday. I brought prosecco and a large chunk of the Xmas cake I made.

The host couple provided a lot of Waitrose-type things. A pate for starters, and a quiche for main course. Cream doughnuts and carrot cake slices for desert.

There had been plenty of effort when it came to shopping, table-setting etc I realised that I had been harbouring an expectation that some actual cooking would have taken place.

(Cooking equals generosity/love? Do other people think along these lines?)

Also no exchange of gifts - other than my bringing bottlle plus cake - as the couple don't 'do' presents.

When the host couple had last come to me it was more of a just passing through visit, but I'd done a home-made soup (from stock I'd done myself) and home-made desserts.

However, I enjoy cooking. Not everyone does.

MagpieCursedTea Tue 29-Dec-15 10:55:43

YABU maybe they wanted to spend time with their guests rather than being in the kitchen the whole time? It sounds like they provided good food and made a big effort to make their house look nice. It's a little bit ungrateful to complain that they didn't make everything from scratch.

Moonriver1 Tue 29-Dec-15 10:56:11

Jesus Christ.

They fed you food - starters, main, pudding.

It wasn't Christmas Day or even Boxing Day.

I fucking hate cooking and always buy posh ready made stuff unless my husband cooks.

If I thought people were wringing their hands over me not cooking from scratch <clutches pearls> and posting about it on Mumsnet I'd laugh, then scrub them out my contacts book.

Postitblue Tue 29-Dec-15 10:56:32

You aren't BU if this was any other time of the year however maybe they were just 'done' with cooking after Xmas? If it's a buffet style / picky bits meal it would be nice to know in advance To set expectations. Your cake sounds yummy!

Solina Tue 29-Dec-15 10:56:54

Not everyone likes cooking or is good at it. I love to cook but I know plenty of people who dont. So yabu.

Eminado Tue 29-Dec-15 10:58:05

Yabu. And judgey.

TheSpottedZebra Tue 29-Dec-15 10:58:08

Nope, YABU. It's your value judgement, that seems quite unfair.

I like cooking too, and I'd normally cook. But I can also imagine times when I'd be too busy, other things would be going on, or I'd just be knackered, and I'd buy in. That doesn't mean that I care about the guests any the less.

And if I didn't love cooking, it'd be a massive chore, and I'd do it less.

theycallmemellojello Tue 29-Dec-15 10:58:22

Yabu. They were evidently labouring under the misapprehension that you wanted to see them and eat something. Do them a favour and don't go round again if their hospitality isn't good for you.

glueandstick Tue 29-Dec-15 11:01:20

I'd be glad of pre-prepared food when the hosts are terrible cooks.
Much easier. (Not saying that yours are terrible cooks!)

HPsauciness Tue 29-Dec-15 11:03:23

Wow, I hate cooking, but usually make a good effort to buy nice meat, salad and bread, sometimes I cook, sometimes I don't, I had no idea this wasn't good enough for my friends!

Honestly, the threads this am make me want to despair. Money not good enough, bought food not good enough, gift too small and thoughtless, nothing is good enough for some people.

Your hosts like you, want to see you, and hosted you- what's to dislike, unless you are being really petty? If you love making home-made soup, great, that's your choice of how you spend your time, theirs is to buy lovely expensive food and treat you all that way!

GloriaHotcakes Tue 29-Dec-15 11:05:39

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villainousbroodmare Tue 29-Dec-15 11:10:34

I like to cook but lots of people don't/ can't/ haven't time.
If someone has made things from scratch, I do notice and appreciate the effort but it sounds as if you were very well fed as it was.

BendydickCuminsnatch Tue 29-Dec-15 11:11:02

Argh this gets on my nerves. It's just laziness. Just because it's Xmas doesn't mean you need to stuff your face with shit food. Every time we go to PILs it's always 'party food' and ready meals (not just Xmas). FIL just about managed to boil some parsnips last night confused to go with the ready meal. I haven't had a fruit or veg (other than the parsnip) for 2 days, the duration of our stay. I wouldn't even serve 'party food' for a party, it's always rank and strange.
Loads of meals take no effort. Chop a salad and bake some potatoes. Make a bolognese. Really can't muck it up! Last year PILs 'hosted' Xmas but didn't cook a thing, it was up to the guests to cook. So weird. And I feel so unwell without fruit and veg!

wowfudge Tue 29-Dec-15 11:12:23

Having done a shed load of cooking over Christmas, which I do enjoy and I think is usually better than shop bought, the thought of cooking for another group of people at this stage would tip me over the edge as I want a break too. We had friends call round yesterday and we all had beans on toast for lunch. It wasn't a planned lunch, btw but they have kids and it worked for everyone.

Cooking doesn't equal love. That is VU.

Finola1step Tue 29-Dec-15 11:16:13

What they provided sounds good to me.

I have some friends who will cook a 3 course meal from scratch. Some will order in a take away. I'm happy to go with the flow.

I would be really upset though if my hosts spent ages cooking a meal for me that they didn't really want to do just because they thought it was what I would expect.

Cooking does not equal generosity/ love for many people. Spending time with your guests will be seen as more important.

BathshebaDarkstone Tue 29-Dec-15 11:18:09

As long as I felt full afterwards, no problem. fsmile

BendydickCuminsnatch Tue 29-Dec-15 11:18:19

Sorry that ^^ was a total U rant grin my nerves are shot post PIL visit, my only excuse.

MarianneSolong Tue 29-Dec-15 11:19:54

Oh I quite enjoyed it Bendydick!

ValancyJane Tue 29-Dec-15 11:20:23

YABU! Sounds like a lovely meal, maybe they wanted to spend time with you rather than slaving in the kitchen? Often when we have friends over we just order takeaway, not because we don't love them, but we want to actually spend time together and enjoy ourselves...

Parker231 Tue 29-Dec-15 11:20:44

At this time of year other than doing the full works on Christmas Day and New Years Day, it's buffet food from M&S for guests the other days. I want to spend minimum time in the kitchen or clearing up !

UnGoogleable Tue 29-Dec-15 11:22:53

I think showing love at Christmas is about being in people's company, rather than having them slave over a stove all day for you.

But each to their own and all that.

Salmotrutta Tue 29-Dec-15 11:23:48

Let's hope your friends aren't on MN OP.

Or I suspect they will no longer be your friends.

I assume you went to see them and spend time with them?

Not sit silently judging their shop bought food?

I don't like cooking much so I cut corners all the time.

But luckily my friends don't seem to judge me for doing that hmm

Bakeoffcake Tue 29-Dec-15 11:24:42

We and people round yesterday And we didn't "cook" a meal. I just couldn't be arsed after all the Christmas cooking.

We shoved a load of Camembert(NOT homemade) into the oven and had it with crusty bread (NOT homemade) and lots of tomatoes (NOT homegrown) and pickles (NOT homemade)

You sound very hard work OP.

Salmotrutta Tue 29-Dec-15 11:25:21

Sorry - just saw it was relatives not friends but it doesn't really matter.

usual Tue 29-Dec-15 11:27:04

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