Yes it's def a culture thing, have you ever noticed they also fill the glass -water or soft drink or whatever else - nearly to the rim?! It's always more is best and then make sure there a little bit more just in case. You just have to politely decline or take a tiny little bit then go for seconds...
our school friends used to all love coming over. seriously - my mum would even make the plumber/electrician/air conditioning guy , whoever is over fixing something, a meal to eat. hehe. she wouldn't even have to know them.
My inlaws are Lebanese and same. Eat eat EAT! And if you refuse "are you sick?" "You no like it? I make you something else?" Or insist I'm not hungry and still get offered the exact same thing 6 times till df yelled at them in Arabic.
I got into the habit of saying "oh I'm sorry I just ate before we came" and cop "you silly girl!" But it kinda headed off the drama a bit.
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my inlaws do this too.
My grandma was Polish and ALWAYS made everyone eat when we visited. We only ever sat in the kitchen as this was the focul point of the house! In fact, the front door was never used by family, we all went in through a side gate that lead into the backyard and entered the house through the back door which lead straight into her kitchen; if anyone knocked on the front door we knew it was a stranger, lol.
She always (no matter what time of day or whether she expected visitors) had a big pot of soup (Broscht, sour kraut, cluski) so ready to serve on the stove, along with endless amounts of food served on platters like cold cuts of meat, pickles, bread, potato salad etc.. not to mention the Polish foods like cabbage rolls Perogi (potato dumplings served with sour cream.. OMG yum!).. and home made donuts, ice cream, biscuits and lollies, jelly.. I honestly never once saw my nanna without her apron on! She was a typical European nanna in a head scarf, always stuffing us all full with food! I miss her so much.
Last edited by ~Marigold~; 16-08-2012 at 23:59.
I do this. Whoops.
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