Not with any recipes (which i still berate him about) that he should have learnt from my grandfather who was a master baker, but with his view of food. "If it's in the kitchen it's there to be eaten".
Maybe this is something you should not tell a child with an endless appetite for everything but it certainly propelled my interest in food from the first time i heard those words. At times mum definitely didn't like this policy as her Herrings, Rollmops, Saith cuttings, Danish biscuits and anything chocolate were fair game and lucky to last two days in our home.
Even worse when i was 16 i trained with the Olympic weightlifting team and i think our shopping bill doubled. I would love to come home and eat an entire chicken for dinner. I still remember training so hard that i could hardly walk after finishing training due to exhaustion.
Eating without doubt is one of life's most important and pleasurable activities. Whoever disagrees try going without it for a few months.
I believe we should embrace and enjoy it. Food always tastes better when enjoyed with company. "Food is social sex" and who doesn't like sex! Food and cooking have always been an integral part of my life.
So since i was old enough to kick my mum out of the Kitchen i have been madly experimenting and creating or recreating dishes that i had eaten outside the home. I guess, most ten year old boys liked to take things apart and put them back together again. I liked doing this as well, but most of all, i wanted to know how to put together different ingredients and make something special.
Making the result better than the sum of it's parts has always inspired me. I hope that some of what i have placed here will help to inspire you as well. I believe you don't need to be a chef or foodie to appreciate or enjoy creating things in your kitchen.
I still believe that the best food doesn't come out of the best or most expensive restaurants. I have been to some of the best restaurants and the food was good of course but really didn't compare to food made with love at home.
I have been blessed to have grown up in a multicultural society and having Greek, Russian, Indian, Chinese, and Vietnamese, friends got to regularly eat the wonderful foods that came out of their mothers and grandmothers kitchens. Recipes handed down over generations that brought you to another world as the food entered your mouth. Also having worked in Peru and Brazil cooking with people who have no qualifications only having cooked for 40+ years of their lives every day. So if practice makes perfect they have perfected their dishes twice over.