I'm a California girl recently transplanted to New Zealand. Also a newlywed enjoying getting back into the kitchen after being a student for most of my adult life and living dorm-style! I loved cooking and baking as a kid, so having fun trying new recipes and remembering old ones. Plus, I try to cook/bake wheat and sugar free as much as possible - I like the challenge, and when the results taste good it's even better!
My favorite things to cook
Things that make my husband groan with delight:) No preference yet, really; I just like making things that taste and look delicious! Right now one of my favorite meals is Indian Chicken Curry II (with my own little modifications), and hubby makes the chapati bread - yum!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I always got to make the cranberry relish at Thanksgiving and Christmas by grinding up whole oranges, cranberries, and walnuts with the old hand grinder - I thought it was fun, and it sure tasted good! Christmas baking brings fond memories. Now, using sugar substitutes in all those old recipes is the challenge.
My cooking triumphs
Most things I make from Allrecipes.com (following reviewers' tips) turn out great! Banana cake got excellent reviews; chicken curry is always a hit; and my husband LOVES potunas:)
My cooking tragedies
Well, the hot cross buns I tried the other day were a bit disappointing, but they were a wheat/sugar free experiment. They're edible... with lots of butter! My funniest tragedy was my very first batch of chocolate chip cookies at age 10 or 11 maybe? Following the recipe on the bag of chocolate chips, I mixed up the measurements of two ingredients and ended up adding 1/2 cup of salt!! My cousin tried to be encouraging when she tasted the first one, but it was no use!