I only began to cook in 2007 after I got married. Before, I had no cooking experience. The last time I cooked was when I was in high school, helping my mom baking cakes or homemade breads. Now that I have to cook, I find cooking very interesting and so eager to try new recipes that one time I ended up in the kitchen at 2 AM just because I couldn't wait until tomorrow to try a new recipe.
My favorite things to cook
Baked anything, grilled fish--especially salmon, and cookies. I don't care for anything deep-fried. It's messy, greasy, and hard to swallow just to think of how much fat I put into my body.
My favorite family cooking traditions
On Christmas time, we usually have mom's grilled ribs, french fries or mashed potato, salad or tomato soup, and store-bought tiramisu.
My cooking triumphs
...is when I finally succeeded making Jay's Signature Pizza Crust at my 4th attempt. I've never been good making anything with yeast. So when it failed at first try, I thought I'd just have to practice more on making dough and kneading. It took 3 "practices" only to find out that my yeast was dead (I didn't store it correctly). The 4th attempt was glorious! It was very easy to make the dough, and to knead it and it doubled in size beautifully. What a happy day!
My cooking tragedies
I made a quiche recipe from this site that calls for 2 Tbsp of flour. I'm not sure what happened back then but I ended up adding 2 cups of flour into my egg mixture. I didn't have the heart to trash this tragic quiche so I ate it all up while wondering why this recipe is named quiche at all. So I decided not to make it again. The other day I stumbled upon this recipe and only then I found out that the 2 cups flour was all MY mistake. So I redeemed myself in my next attempt and was rewarded a wonderful, cafe-like quiche. Yippie!