Would you like fries with that?

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When I finally moved in with Mr Posy, and his family moved in to a house across the road, my mother-in-law cried when we told her that we didn’t want her to clean our house, do our laundry, or cook for us every night. After much negotiation, Mr Posy finally got her to agree to bringing meals over only twice per week. I suspect she was concerned that he would starve, and any less was not going to fly with my MIL.

Most people that hear this tale lament over how nice it must be to have meals cooked for us a couple of times a week, and are usually quite taken aback that I am not equally as enthusiastic about it.

Let me take a guess at the amazing Greek dishes you’re envisioning Mr Posy’s mother cooks up for us… Delicious fresh salads, trays of Moussaka, Spanakopita, Dolmades, Stuffed Zucchini Flowers, Skordalia, hearty soups, grilled octopus/squid/calamari, Prassorizo, oven-baked lamb with potatoes?

I still remember that look of shock on Little Miss Moi’s face when I told her that this was not the cuisine that my MIL cooks up at all. My mother-in-law has a deep fryer, and as such, meals are usually of the battered-and-fried variety. Only, she cooks the meals up long before we arrive home from work, so one could imagine the mushy-plate-of-grease that greets us. I’m not a big lover of fried food at the best of times, let alone when it has been left sitting around for hours to go cold and soggy.

It took two years of my MIL sending over semi-weekly meals, but I finally gave in and ate a dinner that she cooked up.

Beef, I think of the roast variety, with fried rice.

It had been a long week at work, I was hungry and completely exhausted, and Mr Posy microwaved it for me. I don’t think I’ve ever put away a meal so fast in my life.

The dinner was tastier than your regular microwave-meal, and just what I needed at the time. A bit like a late-night-dirty-cheeseburger-run after a few too many wines, really.

16 Comments
  • Gary
    May 17, 2012

    Mmm…I love me some greasy fried food. 🙂

    • miss posy
      May 18, 2012

      What about cold greasy fried food? 😉

      I do like hot chips. But they have to be hot, hot, hot. Crispy on the outside, and soft and fluffy on the inside. Sadly, this is never the case!

  • Kiki Chaos
    May 17, 2012

    I was definitely imagining all those amazing Greek foods you described and couldn’t imagine why you’d knock it back! Now I understand. Did she roast the beef and then deep fry it? I know what you mean about needing a good greasy meal sometimes though – just hits the spot 🙂

    • miss posy
      May 18, 2012

      If she sent over a tray of Moussaka I would not be complaining! Mmm, now I’m craving Moussaka… And now I’m thinking of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” /tangent

      I’m tempted to say that yes she did roast and then deep fry the beef, but I think it just looked and tasted different to the roast beef that I’m used to because it had been sitting around for hours 🙁

  • catssaymeow
    May 17, 2012

    I hope that you MIL does not stumble across your blog 😉

    I really have to be in the mood for deepfried goodness… you could always try peeling of the fried crust for the “food” to be more edible.

    • miss posy
      May 18, 2012

      Oh don’t I know it!

      Thankfully, my MIL doesn’t even know how to turn on a computer, so I’m safe 😉

      Yes, I’m the same with fried food – I need to be in the mood for it… and it has to be hot!

  • Laura - Elsee Blog
    May 18, 2012

    OMG. THIS is MY Mother in Law too! Except she hardly fries anything but the cooking way to far ahead thing is her game and then offering cold food! HATE. Every single darn meal is from a few days ago and she barely re-heats (refuses to own a microwave, because they will give you cancer) and the food is ALWAYS OLD AND COLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (she is not greek though)

    BAHAHHAHAH look at that sad little shriveled up pea at the front.

    • Little Miss Moi
      May 19, 2012

      bahahah to noticing the sad shrivelled pea at the front! I love it!

      • miss posy
        May 19, 2012

        ALL the peas were sad and shrivelled! I don’t know how she does it…

    • miss posy
      May 19, 2012

      It sounds like you’re lucky not to have ended up with food poisoning!!

      Those poor sad peas…

  • Little Miss Moi
    May 19, 2012

    I still remember… standing in the kitchen at work and you telling me about some microwaved fried fish concoction that had been delivered the night before… I think I vomited in my mouth a little bit. The watermelon must have been a high point.

    • miss posy
      May 19, 2012

      Lately she has been sending over huge bags of mandarins. I HATE HATE HATE mandarins – the smell alone makes me retch. Bloody devil fruit *scowl*

  • babybluez
    July 17, 2012

    hahaha my greek MIL cooks at 6am in the morning for that nights dinner! A lot of the time the food is yummy, but it can also be a mixture of whatever they have lol

    • miss posy
      August 12, 2012

      Your MIL is up at 6am cooking dinner? I guess I shouldn’t really be surprised… I’m sure my MIL has done the same thing at some point! 😉

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