Oh, how true!

We are about to enter the BBQ season. Therefore it is important to refresh your memory on the etiquette of this sublime outdoor cooking activity.

When a man volunteers to do the BBQ the following chain of events are put into motion:


(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.

(4) The woman remains outside the compulsory three metre exclusion zone where the exuberance of testosterone and other manly bonding activities can take place without the interference of the woman.

Here comes the important part:


More routine...

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

(7) The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is looking great. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another beer while he flips the meat.

Important again:


More routine...

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

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

And most important of all:

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

(12) 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.

34 Replies

  • Good to know, Nikkers. My husband is a bit on the obsessive side, so I get to listen to what time is it to the exact minute so he can turn whatever I prepared for him to put on the grill! Oh yes, and then pretend that doesn't bug the crap out of me. I kinda don't like grilling, lol! Nadine 🌻 😊

  • A BBQ turns every man into a great chef - or so he thinks! :-D

  • NNNoooooooooooo! I regard BBQ's as the worst possible way to ruin good food. Hate 'em!

  • Same thing when their sick. They'll be wimpering and complaining like a baby. Us women just go on about our usual business. 😊😊

    Rubyxx 😊

  • You mean we have a choice? Lol.

  • I was a single parent so just had to get on with it no matter what. Man-flu does not exist with small kids needing caring for...my time was during schooldays, after getting shopping and housework done. Organisation is the key eh girls !!!

  • And it would have been great if you'd remembered to get the corn on the cob and that special Barbie sauce I always like, Nikkers !

    Oh, well. Maybe next time.



  • I've personally never had a BBQ in my life DecD, and as I'm about to lose my garden, it'll never happen now. :-(

  • Sorry to hear about you losing your garden, how awful and so wrong. xx

  • Thanks Sassy. What's getting to me most is that I shall probably lose my beautiful Laburnum tree. It was a gift from my Daughter a few years ago and this year the blooms on it were 12" long, it's so beautiful and I don't want to leave it. I have other trees which I've grown from seed, but they're enormous and could not be moved anyway. Had I known about this garden change when I took the place 14 years ago, I would not have taken it, and certainly never planted it!. My tenancy agreement states that I accepted the "home" which included all fixtures, fittings, outhouses, fences and gardens. So they're breaking my tenancy agreement - but that's ok - because they're allowed!!!! I'd like to see what would happen if it'd been the other way around? Just another case of bullying by the local HA.

  • Such a shame and I do feel for you. xxxx

  • Thank you. :-(

  • And this lady mouse stays away from it all. She would just complete the fire triangle. However if you remove the tasks done by the male that was my bbq experience. He would slump with cronies and a crate of beer.

    X 🐀

  • They don't need the excuse of a BBQ to do that Tina! XX

  • Ha ha ha Love it! Don't forget that some of them like to wear their chef's hat and apron too! lol

    hugs from Huggs xxx :)

  • Well, makes them feel important, doesn't it? Bless 'em! XX

  • That just about sums it up Nikkers, and it does not change as it goes through the generations from what my grandchildren say, but remember behind every man is a good woman :) :), don't have a man so no barbies for me :)

  • Me neither Katie, and may it long stay that way. I can. and always have, done without either. :-)

  • that,s because the man has to do the difficult bits

  • Of course - you gotta be strong to flip those steaks, burgers etc., No job for a weak woman! Lol

  • Beast steak I ever had was cooked by one of my lady friends... Put mine to shame.

  • Brilliant!!!

  • :P

  • Brilliant and just too true! xxxxxx :)

  • Ha ha Nikkers and so very true! xx

  • Sorry to hear about losing your trees, Nikkers. Removing them is not under control of the Housing Authority, but the Local Planning Association. You might try to bring it to their attention and get a preservation order issued. It doesn't matter if the two offices are in the same building, they are different entities with different controls and budgets. Have a go at 'em. What's to lose? On the IoW, they are the opposite. If a neighbour hears a chain saw start up, they are on the blower to the LPA and tree preservation groups immediately. Those guys have a lot of power. Unless the homeowner can show/prove the tree is diseased, or endangering the house foundations or roadways, the tree stays. unfortunately, the rules don't apply to bushes, which can be a lot more colourful.

    Good luck,


  • Sorry Dec, I didn't mean that they're bullying me about the trees, it's just they've sold the garden to someone else. I can move my Laburnum if I can get someone to do it for me before they fence it off, but I'm worried it won't survive. I know you're not supposed to move them at this time of the year.

    Thank you for your input. XX

  • Autumn time is better for moving Laburnum, and they need full sunshine in the relocated place. Hope you can get it moved before they annexe the garden Nikkers.

  • Thank you Toerag. I've just had a guy around to look at it and says that it can be done - so here's hoping. XX

  • Now that hit home...lol

  • LOL love it thank you xxx

  • Oh I love it!

  • my GF knows best not to come anywhere near me when i am organising a barbie...it takes me about 3 days to organise, get the ingredients, marinade for the big day. But as I no longer drink booze of any kind...try splitting a chicken breast, filling with strong cheese, wrapped in smoked bacon, Parcel it up in foil, then cook, with jacket potato filled with a cheese and bacon carbonara sauce...make beforehand and cook on the beach, or camping trips.

  • oh now Im hungry xx

You may also like...