My Mother-in-law "Told Me Off"
Oh, these stories sound all too familiar. I have one from the first dinner I ever cooked my mother-in-law. She's a very dominant type, also defensive, insecure, you know, all the "fun" stuff
She's from a different country. Her country is beautiful, and people there are very educated BUT it's surrounded by mountains. So, only the really rich people there travel, and they regard customs and beliefs of other countries as "strange" or "incorrect" (rather than "interesting" or "different.")
So, she visited us after we were married a while. Thank goodness it's a very long and expensive trip--heaven forbid that this woman live next door to me.
I knew she'd never eaten fried shrimp. As a kind gesture, I fixed a HUGE meal including 2 pounds of fried shrimp and lots of side dishes.
She starts popping the shrimp in her mouth, tail and all. So I tried to be subtle and said, "Um, we don't eat the tails. They might upset your stomach."
She replied, "My dear, I eat what I want how I want." Then deliberately opened her mouth, popped another shrimp in, tail and all, and CHOMPED on it while fake smiling at me. Sound fun? Sure was. (But after that visit, which involved many more incidents, I refused to communicate with her for about 3 years. She improved a lot, as my husband is not one to call or write. Guess she wanted to have contact with the family again.)