Brendan O'Connor: Why didn't we go with our gut?
It's hard to imagine now that there was a time when we yearned to be more European. And we were encouraged to be. And so, though we never quite managed to reach the holy grail of drinking like Europeans, we embraced things like cafe culture and new kinds of bread.
Pastry, which used to be strictly for after dinner, in the form of an apple tart -- or rhubarb if you were a Protestant or a social climber -- became something you ate for breakfast, in a Danish form.
And while there had previously been two types of bread -- white, which you bought in a shop, and brown, which your mother made -- bread was now a rich continent to be explored.