How do you usually ask your mother/wife etc. "what they have cooked to eat for a meal like a lunch or a dinner? Does it sound idiomatic and polite to ask:

  • What's on the menu mom?

If not then please tell me what shall I ask such a person?


Informally you might ask:

What's for lunch/supper?

There are a dozen other more or less formal ways to pose the question, such as:

What's on the (lunch/supper) menu?
What can we look forward to for lunch/supper?
What have you done/prepared for lunch/supper?
Anything interesting/new/different for lunch/supper?
What's coming up for lunch/supper?
Smells lovely. What is it?

and so on.

You can add mom/mum - love/honey/darling etc to any of the above.

Your own suggestion is fine.

  • Thank you @Ronald Sole; I have the answer to my question now, but just one more question here! Would it sound idiomatic and natural to say: what have you cooked? rather than what have you done? Whilst here they both mean the same to me. – A-friend Apr 24 '19 at 6:55
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    That’s fine as long as it’s not a salad or similar. – Ronald Sole Apr 24 '19 at 7:43
  • Thank you very much @Ronald Sole. :) – A-friend Apr 24 '19 at 7:50

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