{Meal Planning} Hubby is cooking!

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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I have a wonderful husband who helps around the house when he can (he works really long hours).  I’m fortunate that he helps cooks dinner on weekends.  I love having the night off cooking, even a night off ‘thinking’ what to cook for dinner is a bonus.  His signature dishes are usually something involving pasta… spaghetti bol, ravioli or pasta bakes.  

I love to watch cooking shows to see how they make recipes, even finding handy tips along the way.  But Mr Organised Housewife isn’t too into these shows, so when I came across the Video Cookbook Coles has on their recipe site, I got a little excited.  Coles cooking guru Curtis Stone, has an instructional video on how to make the delicious meals below.:

So when Mr Organised Housewife asked ‘what would you like me to cook for dinner?’ I pointed to the iPad and kindly suggested 😉 to him to have a look at the Coles video cookbook and pick one of their recipes.  Then I received a kiss on the cheek and he was out the door, returning DVD’s, getting cardboard for school projects and picking up ingredients for dinner.  He didn’t need my help, great!

As it was a cold rainy day outside he choose to cook the root vegetable cottage pie.  He set up the iPad up in the kitchen to watch the step by step video and then made a start. 

He’s doing a great job!!

And the end result……was so yummy, I wanted more. 

To find the Coles video cookbook visit:

He did a wonderful job, learning a few tips from Curtis along the way.  He was multitasking so well, cooking potato, heating milk and making the mince mixture.  I was so proud of his effort and making it look so easy.  I’m happy for him to try the next recipe!!!!

I then attempted the Warm Chicken Schnitzel Salad, this isn’t usually a recipe I would make, but I am so glad that I did.  It was a hit, the kids loved having apple in their salad and the dressing was tasty as well.  We substituted the blue cheese for tasty.

Does your hubby cook often?

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20 comments

My September 1, 2011 - 2:13 AM

My husband is cooking dinner tonight. I won’t get to enjoy the tasty meal he prepares because I’ll be out with my friends. Thanks Husband for giving me a night off 🙂

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Caitlin August 31, 2011 - 9:29 PM

My hubby will also cook on a Saturday night often. His menu is a bit limited, although he’s getting better. His speciality though is pizza, and he really does a great job of a gourmet pizza, even making the base from scratch everytime. My two sons love it when Daddy cooks, but not half as much as I do!

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Louise Allana August 31, 2011 - 9:36 PM

My partner doesn’t ‘help’, he ‘does’! And he does cook every evening, apart from when I tell him I’m cooking, since he’s not very conscientious with the rest of the housework so this is our way of evening up the responsibilities somewhat.

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Susan Oliver on Facebook September 1, 2011 - 7:39 AM

My Hubby cooks every Wednesday and our 13 year old daughter cooks on Thursdays. I dont mind the cooking every night (actually I quite like to cook) its the deciding what we will have every night that gets to me!

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Kathy Fynmore on Facebook September 1, 2011 - 7:46 AM

Almost 10 years ago John & I did a “swap” when I got offered a great job opportunity which meant that I was working looong hours & was interstate quite a bit. He became Mr Mum for 4 years. When I left, we both got other jobs, but since then he still helps cook & clean the house. Was the best thing I ever did… only wish I could train lazy teenagers to do the same… Oh well, I live in hope & keep trying!!! If their Dad can do it…. 😉

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Kathy Fynmore on Facebook September 1, 2011 - 7:47 AM

Forgot to say that I think Mr Organised Housewife deserves a medal for letting you photograph him!!!! Other husbands probably wouldn’t be so obliging!!! Send him a pat on the back from me!

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Lisa Gavins on Facebook September 1, 2011 - 8:10 AM

My husband cooks a roast every sunday night.

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Kylie Whittaker September 1, 2011 - 9:38 AM

I would LOVE for my husband to cook!! I will keep dreaming!

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Wendy Hoppe on Facebook September 1, 2011 - 10:46 AM

My daughter has been cooking most of meals for the last 2 months and hubby has cooked the rest. This comes to an end soon as she is starting a full time course. I have had so much extra time, as she has done all shopping and meal planning including lunches.

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jaie September 1, 2011 - 12:57 AM

my partner works away 2 weeks on and 2weeks off (challenging at times with 2 young children 1 and 7), but when he is at home he is always helping around the house whether it is mopping, vacuuming, washing up or even hanging out the washing (suprise). I do prefer to cook , on the off night that i dont he will.
i love your site katrina it really does help motivate me through the 2 weeks being a single parent, so thank you!!

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Dorette September 1, 2011 - 1:13 AM

My husband is a fantastic cook, but doesn’t cook much at all these days with long days at work. I am always amazed how quickly and effortlessly he can whip up a tasty meal using whatever ingredients we have in the house and he’ll be done before you know it! Making dinner is an ordeal for me. I get flustered, frustrated, confused and angry trying to produce even the simplest meal. It takes me ages, it never tastes all that great, and I just don’t have the knack to do it in a productive, logical manner. AAAAARRRRGHHH! I keep trying, though…! In saying that, I can make a mean spinach & feta pastry!

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Joolzmac September 1, 2011 - 3:37 AM

The first paragraph of your post could have been written by me. I too am lucky to have a hard working hubby who loves to cook on weekends. Gus will attempt pretty much anything now so we never know what we might get! He is a cooking show junkie like me so we spend a lot of time watching Food Safari, Poh, MasterChef, Gourmet Farmer etc. It really is nice to have the weekends off from thinking ‘What’s for dinner?’!

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Joolzmac September 1, 2011 - 3:38 AM

PS Well done Mr Organised Housewife – fantastic job!

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Jo Slade on Facebook September 1, 2011 - 7:03 PM

Oh how I crave a night off cooking… my husband is FIFO so isn’t exactly available to give me a night off!

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Alyce Ismail September 2, 2011 - 10:56 AM

My hubby IS the cook! So much better than me. And we love apple in our salads, pear is also good!

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Julie Regan September 2, 2011 - 10:58 PM

Well done Mr. Organised Housewife. Your meal looks great.
I’ll have to check out the Curtis Stone recipes.
I’m lucky that my husband is a pastrycook who is currently on his 2nd year of a chef’s course at TAFE. He loves cooking.

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Julie Regan September 2, 2011 - 10:58 PM

Well done Mr. Organised Housewife. Your meal looks great.
I’ll have to check out the Curtis Stone recipes.
I’m lucky that my husband is a pastrycook who is currently on his 2nd year of a chef’s course at TAFE. He loves cooking.

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Lauren Lowe September 3, 2011 - 12:48 AM

gotta love using the iPad as a recipe book. I do it all the time! 🙂

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Helen Al Hariri on Facebook September 3, 2011 - 10:52 PM

Hubby cooking???? In a blue moon like when I’ve given birth that day maybe…. In distant past he would cook spaghetti with Tom and garlic… But was put off when it went wrong a couple of times…

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Jess October 13, 2011 - 3:36 PM

I don’t have a hubby, but my boyfriend (of 5 years who I live with) cooks more than I do. He cooks me dinner at least 3 or 4 times a week. It’s always something delicious too, like steak, or homemade pasta, or marinated chicken. He is the best!

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