There is an unwritten, unspoken rule in this family. If something you have never eaten before is offered to you - try it. You can choose never to eat it again, but only as an educated choice.
I cringe when I hear children shouting "I don't like it" when faced with something new, and parents need to promote food as an exciting part of life, something to enjoy, something to seek out... I knew a girl a couple of years back who only ate a combination of chicken, rice, pasta potatoes and tomato sauce. I reeled when she told me she had never tried anything else. The result of her mother allowing her to be fussy, without any reason. I begged this girl to just try something else but she refused. Her loss. Imagine a life without steak, mushrooms, imagine never eating onions, no garlic, no curries!
So Mary has grown up in a house where all types of food is passed around, try this, try that. She has an educated opinion on what she likes or doesn't and that is okay with me, she doesn't like raw onions, and isn't too pushed on blue cheese but loves blue cheese sauce.
And she absolutely hates leeks.
Oh and snails... as you can see from the pictures...