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Mr. Meat and Mashed Potatoes

Thursday, February 07, 2013

I live with my parents, and Dad is such as basic eater. He wants his meat, it doesn't matter which kind but it has to be on his plate, and his mashed potatoes. This is common here in Atlantic Canada, we all grew up on. I know that mom and dad have tried a lot of new foods over the years. But Dad still likes his basics. Mom is not a fan of spices, canned tomato sauce can be too spicy for her.

I know they are willing to try new things, but when I make something just a little different, I get "well, it was ok" from dad, and normally "its too spicy" from mom. There have olny been a few things I get make it again, from both them, I think my biggest successes have been my warm chicken spinish salad, and turkey burgers.!

I like tasting other flavours and when I suggested maybe as a family we should try and have one vegatrain meal once per week, Dad kinda gave me the look. You know the one, the are you crazy look. Mom was cool with the idea.

In January, Dad said he wanted to lose weight, and mom is trying to take off some weight as well, but I seem to be the only one willing to try. I know we all have busy lives, between working, outside commitments, and helping out my grandparents, and our hobbies and actictives.

Don't get me wrong both of my parents know that I am doing this and are willing to support me, heck tonight mom and I are going to do a walking dvd after cleaning up from supper. Dad will stay upstairs and watch some reality tv or the stock markets.

But is it so wrong of me, to try and bring something different into their diets, because they both want to try new things.

Also I am getting tired of every night doing a different side dish for myself and mom instead of mashed potatoes, don't get me wrong, i love potatoes, but there are so many different things that I can do them besides added garlic and mashing them. I can bake them, stuff them, make soups, roast them, just dad always always wants mashed! I have done some cool things with the left over mashed before, and I will keep doing that to change the flavours.

I know that I can't force them to like the different items I put in front of them like couscous, or jap chi, or even some of the things that are way out there. But I am getting tired of the same old thing. So when I was picking up a few from Sobey's last night after ridding a picked a few things to make a couple of different meal ideas. Mostly so Dad can see what I am doing and what I am using, because he seems wary of the way I use some of the basic things that he likes, I just cook them using a different method then he does. I am hoping this will help him be willing to try more dishes, if he see what goes into them.

And this weekend we are due for a Nor-Easter (the dreaded winter storm up here). Over the weekend we could get up to 60 cm of snow, and high winds, so if I disappear, the power is out!

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SAGE86 2/8/2013 7:23PM

    Thanks everyone for the ideas and tips. It means a lot that everyone on the site is so willing to help me on this ride.

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MKMMARTY 2/7/2013 2:45PM

    Good luck on both the Northeastern and Dad.
I also grew up on meat and potatoes and canned vegetables every night. I do not know why I am so exotic and adventurist in my eating - the rest of my family did not change. When I use to host a family dinner - I got the polite responses but the intake of food was always a minimal amount. Oh well.
Now for the most part when I have friends over - they assume they will get at least one weird food item such as frog legs or beef tongue.
At work (when I work) - it is the basic simple comfort foods - barely seasoned - oh so boring.

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CBLENS 2/7/2013 2:37PM

    make sure you have healthy options on hand for the impending store. stay safe.

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ASTRA58 2/7/2013 2:22PM

    I grew up in the Maritimes and yep, that's the way things were then. Meat and potatoes, meat and potatoes. If you were lucky, you got the occasional cabbage dish (with meat, of course) or spaghetti (with meat, of course). The most exotic thing my mom used when I was growing up was Cream of Mushroom soup in a cassorole. It didn't matter what kind of meat it was, everything was cooked beyond the point of well done and the vegetables had the living hell boiled out of them. Of course, the only vegetables used were peas, green beans, corn, potatoes and cabbage.

Your parents may say they want to try new things and they may think of themselves as a little adventurous, but I suspect what they really mean is a new way of cooking meat (cut it into pieces!) or something new to put in the mashed potatoes.

It's wonderful that you would like to introduce them to few flavours and textures, but it may not be what they want down deep inside. I think you should concentrate on your own menu plan. You can ask them if they would like to try some of the food you prepare, but be fully prepared to have them say no.

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ALICIA214 2/7/2013 2:18PM


Have you tried mashed is often used in place of mashed potato's with a
little milk and butter S&P it is tasty. emoticon

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