I used to dust my stove for years but now, thanks to cooking courses at our local Loblaws (grocery store) and this website, I've taken up an interest in cooking. I usually make something I've never tried before when we have company, which I never had the nerve to do before, but life's too short to always cook the same thing. I love cooking when I have the time - I'll love it more when I retire for that reason! - and I love eating too so I have to balance healthy eating with treats. There's something really fulfilling about cooking for people who love what they're eating.
My favorite things to cook
I love making soups. They're a great healthy dinner in our cold Canadian winter. I also enjoy making and eating anything with lemon in it and occasional treats like cinnamon buns and homemade dinner rolls (from this website).
My favorite family cooking traditions
None really - that's why I used to dust my stove. My mother hated cooking, she just liked to collect cookbooks.
My cooking triumphs
I made a spectacular Christmas log cake a few years ago. And this year I made the penguin olive appetizers from this website which were a great hit.
My cooking tragedies
I never used to get creative enough to have tragedies and now that I'm cooking I use recipes from this website and from my favourite cookbooks (Ina Garten - Barefoot Contessa) so the recipes are so good it's hard to have a tragedy.
August 2010 - OK, since writing the above, I've now had a major tragedy. Probably because the recipe wasn't from this website! I had to make a dozen Aussie Meat Pies last Thursday night for a cottage lunch last weekend (which I've made before from a recipe I found on line and they turned out awesome). This time the liquid didn't thicken and the pastry turned out terrible - not quite sure exactly what happened - but I had to drive to a bakery the next day and buy pies. All told, it cost $57! Pretty expensive meat pies. My husband said it was the first time he recalls in recent memory a disaster that bad in our kitchen.