Tale Weaver – #294 – Epic Fail – 24th September – The Family Dinner

 It started out as another family dinner, the kids and families coming over to celebrate the birthday of the youngest grandson.

As the girls were all working, I decided to cook, and they would come with one dish each, a potato bake and a salad.

I had decided to cook the meat on the BBQ and have everything ready when they arrived.

I had purchased a new fire pit and was keen to show it off and so while we sat around and admired it and my good taste in such things as dinner warmed in the oven.

When darkness fell, I called them all in to sit around the table, and dinner would be served.

To my horror and for reasons unknown to me, I had set the oven to bake not warm.

The dinner wasn’t ruined but was a sorry sight.

I’d turned the sausages and rissoles into elephant’s arse, somewhat crunchier than I intended and no amount of tomato sauce was going the remedy the situation.

My daughter’s potato bake was not as we imagined though I have to say we did make the best of it. The little kids picked away at the softer bits, and we all joked about my obvious encroaching senility.

The dessert had been purchased from the cheesecake shop, and so was the highlight of the evening.

It came as no surprise when at the end of the evening as we discussed the next family dinner, the suggestion was made for all of us to chip in and buy takeaway.

I still don’t understand how I managed to stuff the dinner in that way.

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14 Responses to Tale Weaver – #294 – Epic Fail – 24th September – The Family Dinner

  1. cagedunn says:

    That’s what I would do if the kids left me to manage the meal … and it taught them to learn how to cook.

    • Michael says:

      Well as it is my girls are good cooks I thought I was doing everyone a favour 😀

      • cagedunn says:

        You’ve saved yourself years of work now. Enjoy it, bring it up every time someone thinks you should run the kitchen for a gathering! Sorry, but I’ve seen a lot of disasters, and I find them all funny. Maybe that’s why I don’t get invited back too often …

  2. Sadje says:

    The best laid plans of men and mice….

  3. Reena Saxena says:

    You build expectations of a wonderful dinner as you start, though going with the theme, we know that something will fail 🙂

  4. Oops. Mishaps will always happen… just a slip of attention and… oops, there you go 🙂

  5. Know how you feel Michael.

  6. That made me think of the first time I met David’s father. His father who is 94 was going on about how he had a ham and it would be wasted if we didn’t come up to eat with him (5 hour drive by the way).
    Anyhow, we got there and he had the ham in the oven, maybe at 325, and the ham had been “getting warm” for only about 4 hours!
    The ham was hard as a rock! I thought I might break a tooth. He even admitted that he should have just heated it quickly. We did try to tell him it was already cooked.

    • Michael says:

      Ha the best made plans. I can see me doing that 😃

      • The scary part is his dad won’t throw anything away, ever. The last time we were there he had 2 unopened gallons of milk that were at least a month expired. He got so mad at me when I told him he should throw them out. The time with the ham…he had me cook box mashed potatoes to go with the ham. Now, I don’t mind boxed mash potatoes when you want them quick but his were from 2015! This was last year!!!!!! Oh, I could go on and on with the expired food and he still knows exactly what he has.

  7. dancjulian says:

    noice! i love the expression ‘stuff it’ meaning mess it up. haven’t heard that one in a while.

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