I’ve always hated fruit salad. It’s never really been my thing…but like most foods I was subjected to, growing up in 1970s Queensland, i’ve found much of my like or dislike was influenced by the lack of skill or finesse with which it was prepared. Because, let’s face it…the culinary arts weren’t exactly well developed at that time, and especially not in that place. Queensland was kind of a cultural dead-zone back then, so gourmet fare generally consisted of something like a mixed grill for ‘tea’, with desserts like jelly and cream, jam roly-poly or apple crumble, if you were lucky. And that was eating out! Home fare was far more pedestrian, with the only flavourings anywhere in sight coming courtesy of lashings of salt, pepper (the powdered kind) and tomato sauce.