A woman has divided opinion on Mumsnet after asking whether she’s justified in asking a newly-vegan family member to bring their own dish to a Christmas Day meal she is hosting.
In the AIBU [Am I Being Unreasonable] forum on Mumsnet, the user asked others’ opinion of her plan.
She explained she cooks the festive meal for her family every year, and is planning to make a pork joint along with a turkey joint for her ten guests to enjoy.
But one guest has since announced she is now vegan – putting a spanner in the works for her Christmas feast.
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“I'll have to sort a vegan main, gravy, dessert etc,” the woman laments – adding that she also has a nut allergy sufferer in the party which rules out a number of vegan options, and has already planned the whole meal around the size of her oven and hob.
The dilemma has been met with a mixed response on the parenting platform.
Some supported the host’s suggestion.
“Yanbu [You Are Not Being Unreasonable] to suggest they cater for themselves imo [In My Opinion],” wrote one person. “You have nine others to organise. If it's a fad they may be carnivorous by 25/12 anyway!!”
Another added: If you're not going to have the space in your oven I think it's reasonable. Plus, depending on how strict a vegan they are, they might not want their food in the oven at the same time as non-vegan food.”
But others suggested she was being a bad host.
“I think you are being a bit unreasonable. I understand the nut allergy of your other guest but I'm sure you could buy something that wouldn't be terribly troublesome to heat up and a cold dessert to serve,” said one person.
Another offered: “You're already serving two kinds of meat for people's choices and avoiding nuts in order to be a good host, how can adding a vegan option be that much harder? Either cater to your guests needs or don't bother.”
One person suggested compromising halfway, and asking the guest what they are comfortable with eating: “I'd ask if they're happy with just veg and trimmings. If not then with a couple of vegan sausages. If not then ask them to bring their own.”