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I'm a Melbourne boy, hailing from St Kilda with one ex, one current wife and four kids. Love the outdoors and making new discoveries. I cook a lot at home (cheers from wife) and do some preserving, mostly jams, pickles and fruit liqueurs. This is the diary of a cooking journey.

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Friday, July 20, 2007
BBQ Battleground
My daughter sent this to me, author unknown. I'm not sure if she's telling me something or not, but I am sure there is more than a bit of truth to this...

BBQ Rules

It is important to refresh your memory on the etiquette of this sublime outdoor cooking activity, as it's the only type of cooking a 'real' man will do, probably because there is an element of danger involved. When a man volunteers to do the BBQ the following chain of events are put into motion:

Routine...

(1) The woman buys the food.

(2) The woman makes the salad, prepares the vegetables, and makes dessert.

(3) The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils and sauces, and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the grill - beer in hand. Here comes the important part:

(4) THE MAN PLACES THE MEAT ON THE GRILL.

More routine....

(5) The woman goes inside to organize the plates and cutlery.

(6) The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is burning. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another beer while he deals with the situation.

Important again:

(7) THE MAN TAKES THE MEAT OFF THE GRILL AND HANDS IT TO THE WOMAN.

More routine....

(8) The woman prepares the plates, salad, bread, utensils, napkins, sauces, and brings them to the table.

(9) After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes.

And most important of all:

(10) Everyone PRAISES the MAN and THANKS HIM for his cooking efforts.

(11) The man asks the woman how she enjoyed "her night off." And, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there's just no pleasing some women....
 
  posted at 9:24 am
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12 Comments:
At 1:42 pm, Blogger MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

More than a little truth.
Probably ;0))

 
At 3:58 pm, Blogger Pille said...

I read it about a year ago - it was a huge hit amongst friends here - but it still brought a smile on my face :)

 
At 11:02 pm, Blogger Kalyn said...

Unfortunately, often true, and not only in barbecueing. (Neil, I know you are not this type of man though, I can tell!)

 
At 9:30 am, Blogger Ange said...

Very true in my house but to tell you the truth I love it - I dont think I could possibly hand over all that organinsing & prep to anyone else (I am a bit of a organise freak), not to mention that I love cooking so why would i mind doing the salads, finding interesting ways with the meat, etc...

 
At 12:53 pm, Blogger kazari_lu said...

Bah Humbug!
I grew up in a house of many, many big family barbecues. The best bit of the day was when the women were loitering in the kitchen, and the men were loitering around the barbecue. because then i could be in the kitchen and feel like a grown up surround by all the female conversation.
also, you left out the other MEN's jobs - cleaning the barbecue, cleaning/preparing any seafood, and disposing of fishguts/prawnshells etc afterwards.

 
At 1:52 pm, Blogger Nerissa said...

In my family, people know the truth. Men and women get equal praise as my Mom always makes WAAAAAY too much food to accompany my Dad's efforts to cook WAAAAY too much meat and grilled veggies. Not sure what will happen when The Frog finally gets his very own grill but I'm apt to believe that it will be equal praises from friends and family as I, like my mother, rarely make too little of anything.

 
At 9:16 am, Blogger gigi said...

Ha-ha ~ I love it! It has, if not all, at least the essence of truth!

I see someone has been to a BBQ at my place...:D

 
At 12:19 am, Anonymous Ellie said...

I think it's fairly true for me, for similar reasons to Ange - I'd hate to have that much coordination and planning in the hands of any of the menfolk in my family...plus, I am TERRIFIED of flames bigger than my little tea candles (hence my rare use of the blow torch...)

 
At 6:17 pm, Blogger christine said...

I am sending this to my male friends, they'll love it! Well, at least I think they will :). They're big BBQ men, who yes, think they're all mighty on the grill. hehe

 
At 10:08 am, Blogger Squishy said...

To True!!!!!

David and I whole heartedly agree :)

 
At 11:39 pm, Blogger Valli said...

It's so true...but...there is also no cleanup either!

 
At 11:12 pm, Blogger Jeanne said...

LOL! Very true ;-)

 

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