One of the joys of Easter time is having your family visit for the holidays, and Kevin Knowshowtocook (41) was certainly looking forward to having the in-laws over to wow them with his cooking.
“They’ll be here any minute and I cannot wait to impress them”, Kevin beamed.
That was until his mother-in-law entered his kitchen to help him with his lunch preparation.
“Oh, you keep your cutting board in that cupboard do you?” started his mother-in-law, Florence(64), who was certainly not short on suggestions where it would be better placed.
From how he cut his vegetables, to where he keeps his plastic bags, right through to ways to properly store every condiment in his cupboard, Kevin felt his years of watching cooking shows had not properly prepared him for such an important moment in son/mother-in-law moments.
“I thought I was a good cook, but Florence kept undercutting me with comments all afternoon,” said Kevin, after rearranging where his cutting boards and knives went.
“She even asked at one point, “So that’s how you cook chips, is it?” You put potatoes into hot oil, how many ways can you do that differently?” an exasperated Kevin asked.
After a solid 45-minutes of passive aggressive backseat cooking, and having his entire kitchen redesigned and reorganized to suit Florence, Kevin decided the best thing to do was let her have her way and he join the family in the living room. That was until it came time to eat the meal, where Kevin had to sit through numerous digs about how he didn’t really help.
Looking at his watch, it took less than an hour for Kevin to go from “can’t wait till the get here” to “can’t wait till the leave”. For most families at Easter, that’s a pretty standard time.