>buy a nice sirloin roast
>invite your baby boomer parents over for dinner
>dad insists that he's the chef and he'll cook the roast
>does not grab any spices
>turns the oven to 350
>pulls the ketchup out of the back of your pantry
>starts pouring tap water in the roast pan
what do you do, /ck/
I'm really asking
how do I save any more innocent roasts from becoming bone dry grainy lumps of tasteless grey flesh without making my dad hate me even more
so its impossible to pre-empt apparently, and you're incapable of speaking to him... what do you want us to say, man?
i know old people are stubborn bastards, but they're just dumb humans. like me. like you. it's your house and you want to cook your food your way. if that's important to you, tell him.
my dad routinely gave me food poisoning with his "experiments" so i'm familiar with this song and dance... not in an exaggerated way, i missed a lot of school and had one hell of an eating disorder for it, and none of my cooking is ever good enough for him either.
i've made his favourite curry, red-hot, and watched him take a bite, dab his eyes, down a beer, and then reach for the jar of pickled chili peppers he bought to my house as a side dish and tell me "it could be spicier"
pride is tricky with men, but you can't back down unless you want him to keep walking all over you when he visits
This basically. As painful as it sounds, established boundaries with parent (where everyone consider everyone as an adult) are important.
I've had conversations with my dad once I moved out and now if he wants to he asks how to help instead of taking over. If someone wants their porion well done I will gracefully finish it with sauce in a pan. They will leave me alone to make the roast to my liking every body wins.
And microwave a slice to well done just for your dad. Make sure to serve it on one of your anime plates and with a glass of milk in a happy meal batman glass. Treat him like the child he is. Continue to make fun of him for eating meat well done. I did this to one of my friends and now they only eat medium rare.