In Sweden after finishing a meal, the most polite thing to do is to say Tack för maten! Thanks for the food! In Greek I don’t think we use any particular expression like that but we show our gratitude to the meal, the lunch or dinner by emptying our plates and going for seconds, or even thirds for us with a big appetite!
Of course we say thank you in Greece as well, don’t get me wrong, but just not so explicitly.
As a kid, I remember my grandfather would always carry groceries home, but he’d never cook any food. I never asked him if he could cook, but even if he did, the kitchen was and is my grandmother’s kingdom. Granddad would carry the ingredients home and grandma would cook, as simple as that. And she wouldn’t want anyone in her kitchen really.
And so after a big meal, or a small meal, when everyone was full and satisfied, my grandfather would say the most wonderful and all inclusive thank you there is:
I thank the person who brought home the ingredients, the person who cooked the meal and I also thank those who ate the food!
©Elisavet Sotiriadou 2010