I have lived and worked overseas for the past eleven years. I normally hire people to cook for me but when I have time I like to emulate some of my dad's best recipes or try to make a local dish that I enjoy.
My favorite things to cook
all types of comfort food, stew, pasta, anything with curry, rice and beans, anything with pumpkin or squash, wacky combination salad (ex. chicken and cranberries)
I also like to bake. My favorites are apple pie, brownies, lemon bars and bread cakes such as banana or zucchini. I've tried making some bread but it's not my favorite.
My favorite family cooking traditions
stew, rice and beans
My cooking triumphs
For a Thanksgiving dinner with friends, I offered to bring over a pumpkin soup. It was the first time I had ever made a pumpkin soup, or anything else with pumpkin. It was a little spicier than the dinner guests would have preferred but still tasty. They ate the whole thing. I returned home with an empty soup pot and a request for the recipe. I was so proud of myself.
My cooking tragedies
At the last minute, I was invited to a brunch. I decided to keep it simple so I made a Farmer's Breakfast of potatoes, ham and egg. However I didn't cook the potatoes well enough, I added too much salt and I used luncheon meat ham that wasn't as flavorful. It was all that I had in the fridge. I saw people spitting out the food and the hostess threw out my food. I vowed never to cook again.