I moved to Australia from California in 1992. I have had to learn to cook southwestern, California food absolutely from scratch (including a year of growing my own peppers out of seed I found marked as 'dangerous' in the botanical gardens here - they were serrano chilies.) I am also a food historian and teach in the Gastronomy Program here at the University of Adelaide. I cook for fun and I am a recipe cook and I go one this site to get a taste of home. A lot. I am also into Australian food and when I do modify recipes, it is to take advantage of what we can get regularly here that I don't remember being available in California.