I am an academic with a PhD from the University of South Australia in Adelaide. I am a Canadian, and as of November 27 2013 will also be a New Zealand citizen. I moved to Australia to do my PhD in June of 2001 and then to New Zealand in December of 2005. I started my family young (at 19) and have four children and three step children. I LOVE where I live in NZ and while I miss my family in Canada I'll continue to live in NZ and eventually Australia again.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake and I'm truly 'addicted' to my crockpot. There are a lot of really good crockpot recipes on the web so its in use winter and summer.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mum is a fantastic cook and baker. She used to 'rotate' her menu like many cooks did in the 60's and 70's She had a basic two week menu that she worked from and she rotated our meals that way. Made shopping easier and a kids we never really noticed. I don't cook that way, I tend to follow the dictates of my stomach on the day :) or the kids suggestions!!
My cooking triumphs
I've changed a lot of my cooking in the last three years. Much less carb heavy and calorie heavy. I work out 4 days a week now, cardio and weights so I try to keep the diet as reasonable as possible. Big temptations? Wine and chocolate.
My cooking tragedies
the time I put tomato sauce on fish and baked it in the oven and it came out smelling exactly like POOP! My kids still laugh about it!