say you a guest in someones house and you are staying for dinner. what they serve is awful. how would you handle this situation? bonus points if its your partners moms cooking.
personally I get myself into a mindset where I can endure a terrible meal Im obligated to eat. all Im doing is shoveling fuel into my body. taste, texture, aroma and looks dont matter, Im just getting nourishment.
Make them realize the food sucks in a subtle way, openly talk about it with the mom or whoever is cooking. Always stay polite.
I changed my gfs moms cooking habits. She has no husband though so the situation has less potential to become a fight over territory.
One time I was staying at a cousin's house, and my aunty gave me a slice of toast literally drowned in butter, with burnt/curdled scrambled eggs. To top it all off she served it with a disgusting smoothie that still had chunks of the frozen mush she made it from floating in it. Almost made me puke.
Anyway, I just grit my teeth and ate it. Don't know if I could handle it for extended periods of time though.
>You eat it and smile and smack your lips and tell her how delicious her food is you ungrateful little shits.
Yes, because lying and dishonesty is the perfect basis for human relationships. Totally. That's how you get people in their 50's thinking they're great at cooking, despite the obvious lack of any kind of skill. Lying is impolite. Be polite to other people, anon. Don't try to deceive them. Unless you're very, very good at it, you come off as an asshole.
If you don't respect someone, treat them with kids gloves. Condescend to them. Feel free.
If you like someone, help them improve. Don't do it openly, like at the table in the middle of dinner; that can only serve to embarrass the cook and the host. Bring it up with them later on. If you still want to humble your friend while beating your co/ck/ on their lips, invite them to dinner, knock their socks off, and teach them how it's done.
Engage the cook by conversing with them so now they are looking at you.
Take one mouthful of food then put your fork down.
Drown your food in whatever condiments are on the table while keeping the cook engaged to ensure that she sees this.
Make direct eye contact.
She'll get message.
I eat a little bit, and then say" sorry its not to my tastes but thank you for the effort"
If they then offer to make something else i decline as i am not a whiny little bitch and its my problem that i dont like the food.
depends, if its THAT awful i would just eat as much i could stomach, then use excuses like 'im full' or 'i don't really like ___'. most of the time you dont want to risk offending the chef
if its not that bad and the food is up for discussion then bringing it up in a friendly and subtle way can often be ok. but mostly u should shut up and eat whats put in front of u
i just eat it and pretend i'm grateful that someone else cooked for me. it's that simple. you have to pretend to like other people's cooking unless they are asking for criticism/recommendations. it's the polite thing to do. real life is not a competitive cooking tv show
for someones parents cooking? fallback on old anorexia standards: force down the easiest swallowed foods, hide other stuff in a napkin in my pocket, make an excuse to leave the room if i can
i am actually preparing to eat at my partners family home soon and the mum is terrible in the kitchen (undercooked meat and fish from frozen, no seasoning, husband likes "plain" food, all of their veg is boiled) from what i've heard. i'm gonna take a valium before dinner and do my best. do not need 'meeting the parents' to involve my screwed up history with food.
if it's a friend, i'll talk to them about cooking and try and figure out their error... but i would be able to say 'nah this sucks' to most of them i think
As an Asian who grew up in the 90s, I was able to get away with most things.
When they see me displeased with their food, I don't even have to say anything. They'll say things like "Sorry Anon, I tried my best to make it suitable for orientals."
I can get away with not eating their shitty food and THEY end up being the assholes instead. Racism saves the day again.
I once ate with some Russian Jews who made this fish that seemed to be raw and extremely salty. Thankfully my friend who invited me excused me because I actually could not possibly stop myself from making disgusted faces about everything on my plate.
Don't be so fucking picky. Having to choke down even horrible food once in a while should be an acceptable price to pay for harmonious relations with your extended family. Any intelligent, wise or even decently raised person will understand that a single bad meal is a tiny, tiny thing, and that a happy family is an extremely valuable asset that can pay useful and unexpected dividends all throughout your sad, self-centered life.
Keeping quiet might seem nicer but they'll respect you more if you tell the truth. Be sure to give helpful point by point suggestions on where they went wrong and how they could improve their cooking in the future.
Am I really the only one who's been subjected to food so vile that I was incapable of concealing my disgust? I've been served foreign dishes that were so bad the only thing I can think of that tastes worse is Zicam Cough Mist Max.