Depends what it is! If I can I prepare bits and pieces when I get the chance throughout the day - depending on when the kids are quiet! I use a menu plan for the week so I always know what I'm going to making each day and prepare as much as I can in advance.
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I prefer slow cooking, so that's usually prepared hours in advance of actually eating. If it's a cook, serve and eat type of meal then my husband would usually do that whilst I'm putting our son to bed.
Depends purely on meal being served, or if visitors' coming to Dinner.
When working, for our meal to come home to, used to prepare EVERYTHING down to the nth degree night before. Then placed in fridge & popped into large Crock-Pot in morning with stock, turn to Low & let it simmer all day. Came home to prepared, beautiful meal! And, of course, the smell wafting when front-door opened made us all the more hungry! With a well mellowed Australian red wine, yum!
Loved putting a Chook in with Veggies. Sprinkled Soy Sauce & Chicken herbs. Repeat 'yummies' of above & have cold Aussie White wine!