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December 22, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — ros @ 4:01 pm

I am currently facing a small dilemma. I’ve been convinced (forced) to cook for my parents on Sunday night as I have to go back there for Christmas day.

Now the combination of having a food blog and the fact i’ve i’ve been moaning about their cooking for years means I can’t do anything too simple. Unfortunately my family’s peculiarites mean that there are a lot of  other things to consider too.

  1. Mum wants something exciting 
  2. Mum would  like fish. She also thinks she might be intolerant to red meat and poultry as she hasn’t eaten it for so long.
  3. The only animal protein Dad will eat is fish. At least that ties in with 1), and 2).
  4. Dad sometimes goes on guilt trips when eating fish. Therefore any fish presented whole/ anything I have to kill myself/anything that reminds him he is eating an animal is out.
  5. Dad is bored of sri lankan/Indian curries.
  6. Dad hates couscous.
  7. Dad is very wary of pasta unless it’s served to him by an Italian.
  8. Dad gets a bit worried by things he hasn’t seen before and tends to say things like “those don’t go together”. :roll:
  9. Dad hates olives and anything with an aniseed flavour. Also he’s not keen on strong and blue cheeses.
  10. My cousin (Gimhani, 21 yrs old) will be with us. She seems ok with most things but refused to eat cherry sauce with duck last Easter, so I suppose ’sweet’ fruit based sauces are out.
  11. I would just like to get a pleasant 3 course meal together. I’d prefer fish to purely veggie in the main, as would my mother and cousin but with Dad to please we will probably concede. Oh yeah, he doesn’t like the idea of a nut roast either (plus I don’t know how to make one).

Anybody have ANY ideas?




  1. Merry Christmas Ros!!! i hope you were able to figure something out for you family holiday meal! best wishes!

    Comment by amanda — December 25, 2006 @ 11:40 am

  2. Happy Christmas to you too Amanda. A post on the family holiday meal is coming soon… I think
    I did OK given the list of restictions- although Dad has now decided he doesn’t like anything with a delicate flavour. (his words) :roll: .

    Thanks so much for leaving your message. If you scroll down to the pastry fish post, you’ll see some hole of a guy left a message which was pretty rude and really peed me off. When I read your message I
    felt a lot better because it reminded me that there are actually lots of nice people who read this blog. 

    Comment by ros — December 26, 2006 @ 8:50 pm

  3. Hi! I suggest some salmon fillets. Fry them and lay aside in a casserole dish. In a seperate pot, sweat some strips of onion, parsnip and carrot until soft. Add a little water, a pinch of sugar, and about 3 tbsp of tomato puree. Let it all reduce slightly, then lay the sauce onto your salmon fillets. Reheat the casserole dish in the oven, and serve with a side salad and squashed new potatoes(crush them with the back of a fork after boiling till soft, then stirring around in a little garlic butter)…

    Comment by Scott Sinclair — January 2, 2007 @ 2:40 pm

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