I started a small graphics business from my home about a year ago which allows me much more time for domestic duties. When I worked a full time regular job I hated cooking because it seemed like a chore after a long day at work. I am experimenting and learning new things in the kitchen now and I'm actually starting to enjoy cooking.. just don't tell my husband, if he finds out he'll expect a culinary miracle every night of the week.
My favorite things to cook
I love baking, I always have.. I think because it is so immediately gratifying. Almost everyong ooh's and ahh's over cookies, cakes and pies.. With meals it's always a toss up if your going to meet everyone's tastes.. My favorite desert to make is pumpkin pie, I use sweetened condensed milk instead of the traditional evaporated milk and everyone says it's the best they've every had. I also like making cakes, I used to take orders for birthday cakes from my co-workers and bring in their favorite cakes, some of them hadn't had them since they were kids.. It's fun making people smile like that.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I don't really have any family cooking traditions. My Nanny (maternal grandmother was a genius in the kitchen but she died when I was only 9 and I didn't retain much of our time together in the kitchen. My mom doesn't really enjoy cooking much, but we do holiday dinners together and I guess our traditions are more in the line of mistakes.. Every year we burn the marshmallows on top of the yams when we broil them, it's inevitable because of her small oven.. We always say "it's not a holiday until something burns"
My cooking triumphs
The first time I mastered my husbands homemade chicken noodle soup recipe was a real good feeling. My husband used to be a chef and can be rather critical of my no-frills cooking style. He cooks like somebodies grandma but over the years I have mastered most of his recipes and even improved on a few.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I tried to make a cake using cake flour, I don't know what I did wrong but it was like a brick. The icing was delicious.. I still don't know what I did wrong, so I am just staying away from cake flour. I also cannot fry an egg over easy, everytime I try the whites turn out runny, I have given up on those as well.