My man’s Top 5 dinners

Menu anarchyLet’s face it, our cooking whether we like it or not is always centred around the family and especially the Man of the House, every woman who enjoys cooking wants to please those sitting down to eat her fare.

When I met my Significant Other Half he had been a bachelor boy for a while, he owned his own pad and ran it as he saw fit; his freezer was packed with ready meals, bananas were the only fruit to grace his bowl and he was used to his rigid weekly menu which occasionally he would interrupt with a curry or better still a kebab – most importantly there was no woman to interfere.

Then he met me.

Freshly arrived from Italia my first attempt to woo him through his stomach was with a delicious Spaghetti alla Carbonara, he ate it but his verdict was – I don’t really like eggs on pasta. #failure

To this day he still refuses to eat rice in any shape or form which is so annoying as I love risotto. Will he eat rice occasionally just for me? No.

But we have, along our convivial journey, come to a happy agreement, he now eats fish once a week – fresh fish not pre-packed and every now and then I’ll cave in and order kebabs (which I could quite easily pass on) He’ll be 40 next year and that’s an age where you know what you like and what you don’t, an age where you’ve tried and tested a whole host of different foods and have made your mind up. And if there’s one thing my Other Half does very well it’s give his opinion!

So I asked him over dinner one evening to name his Top 5 dinners of all time and this ladies and gentlemen is the result

  1. Christmas Dinner
  2. Steak Pie
  3. Meat stew with dumplings (not too many red bits ie tomatoes, peppers)
  4. Sunday Roast
  5. Spaghetti Bolognese

Not a fish in sight and he could quite happily skip the vegetables too! Mind you, I’m happy to eat all of the above so it’s easy for me to incorporate them into our diet, keep my man content and slip in New Recipes as and when it pleases me for him to try.

How about you? What are your top five meals of all time? And are they similar to your partner’s or completely different?

It would be interesting to hear what The top five meals of the UK are….

PS – Click on the photo to have a look at the brilliant spelling that made me laugh


  1. Lou
    January 10, 2012 / 2:20 AM

    My hubby top 5 meals – hmmm. I think that they wold have to be (and no doubt he will tell me I am wrong)
    1: – Salad – not too many tomatoes, but add in Spiniach please.
    2: – Sushi – I am not a sushi buff so have no idea what sort – I do enjoy it myself though, but I jsut eat what he buys and don’t question what I am eating…I ate Eel at Christmas, thankfully he let me enjoy it before telling me what it was!
    3: – Shrimp in this soy and balsamic marinade he makes, then bbq’d
    4: – bbq’d pork tenderloin
    5: – breakfast burritos

    Thankfully he is very good and shares the cooking with me. He’s not good on veggies but will eat them if I put them in front of him and say ‘eat them’ as do the children….lol

    Some days I get driven crazy with the salad thing, as he will eat salad with everything – but when he is away on business I treat myself and the kids to take out pizza or hot dogs…well sometimes you just have to do these things..

    Lou :-) 

    • Mari
      January 10, 2012 / 3:19 PM

      Nice tastes there, not ‘the norm’ at all. I still have to try sushi and I love salad but not so much on cold days, thanks for commenting

  2. January 10, 2012 / 8:04 PM

    This post really made me laugh.  It reminds me completely and utterly of my Dad!  Your otherhalf isn’t a Yorkshireman is he?   Emma :) xx

  3. Theworkingparent
    January 12, 2012 / 6:17 PM

    As long as it has some combination of meat and two veg he is happy!  His favourites are shepherds pie, roast dinner or a stew of some sort.  Mine are more along the lines of curry, paella, pasta meals or fish and salads!

    Sometimes (not often) we have two different meals but one of us usually will eat the other, they just do not make our favourites list.

    • Mari
      January 12, 2012 / 6:20 PM

      I don’t think I’ve ever done two separate meals to be honest, I’m more likely to cave in to his wishes!

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