This thread reminds me of my trip to Brazil. I was visiting with my friend who was getting married. Her grandmother never stops cooking. She had all 4 burners on the stove going all day long with "something" or another and kept coming at me with forks full of food yammering in Portuguese then nodding for my approval. My friend kept trying to explain what I was eating before it could be stuffed in my mouth. At one point she got stumped and said, "This is....a potato's cousin."
I gained a lot of weight on that trip.