OK. We've established that we come from a pretty diverse range of backgrounds. When I was eating my dinner this evening, I started to think about my upbringing and the type of food I grew up with - compared to the type of food I eat now. I always ate very traditional Greek and Egyptian food when I was growing up - when we were living in Egypt, we ate a practically vegan diet. I'll admit that the type of food I eat now is largely influenced my fiance - he'll eat Greek food sometimes (but he's not hugely keen) and he says that he doesn't like Egyptian food (although if I do make it, he virtually inhales it). I am hugely interested in food and that almost certainly makes me want to know more about food - I love trying different cuisines and get more excited about trying new ingredients than anything. My excitement when I went to the local market last weekend and found vanilla pods at about half the price they are in the supermarket/farm shop was almost slightly embarassing! What kind of food did you eat when you were a kid and how does that compare to what you eat now?