Graham and I both like to eat, so we have developed some foraging and cooking skills. My parents are very open-minded and mom in particular is very adventurous and creative and encouraged us to try new things (just try it!)â€¦ but she wasnâ€™t about to make a veggie option in additional to the meal she was cooking for the family when I decided at 12 that I didnâ€™t want to eat meat. Graham is not a vegetarian, but he eats a TREMENDOUS amount to keep up with his activity level and crazy Hamilton-steel-furnace-metabolism. We are used to cooking vegetarian meals for ourselves, often with Indian, South-East Asian, and Latin American flavours. I think its fair to say that we both take an interest in food and cooking; we have a collection of cookbooks at home, I have a diploma in Applied Human Nutrition from SFU, and Graham has an honorary degree in eating awarded by Superstore.
One of the coolest things about traveling has been seeing and tasting the local specialties, and self-catering (or at least picnicking) along the way. We try to check out the outdoor markets and grocery stores whenever we can to see what grows there, what people buy, and what things cost. We have described some of the things we ate in the different countries, but there is a lot more so I thought it deserved its own post. We have a few pictures of markets, so I thought Iâ€™d post them and narrate. If you are not a food person then my apologies, weâ€™ll be back to the vagaries of Swedish bureaucracy shortly.