I'm a single mother of four little girls, and I'm retraining to be a teacher after being disabled from cooking professionally.
My favorite things to cook
I love to do everything up fusion, so when I make a Paella, I use curry ingredients and couscous and serve it with a drizzle of rice wine vinegar and some egg rolls. I range from Middle Eastern to Asian, but my background is in more traditional American and European foods.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Thanksgiving we use the leftover pastry to make different little desserts. I let each girl have a portion and then they can stuff it with fruit, roll it up with cinnamon like a pinwheel, or whatever they can think of. Also, every Friday is movie and baking night. I'm learning to bake with my kids, and we collect pans and tools (as well as recipes). Every Friday night we bake something new and watch a movie together with our sleeping bags out in the living room.
My cooking triumphs
Anything Mediterranean or Asian. Although anything that I don't have to bake usually comes out just fine.
My cooking tragedies
Bread and yeast (most of the time). I need to take a class or something. After being a chef for so many years, you'd think I'd have pastry experience, but I don't.