I think I may have been _______ in a former life based on how much I love the food!
After spending the first 40 years of my life in the upper midwest not even knowing what Cajun food was, I moved to Houston where I immediately was exposed to the Cajun influences from Louisiana. In fact, I'm really starting to believe that I may have been Cajun in a former life, because I absolutely LOVE every Cajun dish I have ever tried. Crawfish? Can't get enough of it! Frog legs? Yep, those too. Boudin? Love it! And the list goes on. I even tested a Cajun friend to come up with every Cajun food he could think of (as he was in the midst of making shrimp po' boys), and there wasn't a single one of them I don't crave. How about you? And pass the Tabasco while you're at it!
My youngest daughter is the exact same. We live in TX, I'm a pretty darned good cook, we enjoy a variety of foods, but this kid of mine just wouldn't eat anything with relish until she was about seven. We're talking about a kid who lived on Ritz Peanut Butter crackers for almost two months when she was five- I am not kidding - we supplemented with the pediasure stuff because she was so bizarre about what she'd eat. And she used to absolutely love her baby foods, then table food - then at about 4 she just.. quit.
I got onto a Creole/Cajun kick after a trip to NOLA, and we discovered that she would eat ANYTHING - I repeat, anything - Creole or Cajun influenced.
Her palate has rounded out some in the last five years (still trends toward ordering chicken tenders or fried catfish in most restos, given the choice), but ask her what's for dinner, and she'd tell beg for dirty rice, gumbo or our made-up Cajun hash & eggs. (Andouille, onion and potatoes, diced & cooked with garlic, butter, s&p until crisp, served with over-medium eggs & french bread toast.)
I, on the other hand, may've been Thai or Vietnamese.
i dream about pastrami.
i love blintzes.
i willingly eat gefilte fish, whereas DH, born & raised, will not.
the only kind of pickle i like is the half-sour kind.
there is no decent deli where i live, so it's even harder to reconstruct my past life.