Multiple food intolerances/sensitivities, and a general inability to digest much of anything. Diagnosed IBS this year.
Basically, my stomach hates me.
Unfortunately I love to cook a wide variety of foods and cuisines, and used to adore baking before the whole gluten intolerance happened.
I am now a full-time student and, sadly, have limited time and funds to indulge my epicure tendencies. This has put a serious crimp on relearning how to bake with my current gluten restriction.
My favorite things to cook
Things I can actually eat that also please the palate and stomach of those without food restrictions and those with food restrictions other than my own.
My favorite family cooking traditions
For at least a few generations: Czech dishes; amazing yeast breads and baked goods; creativity in the kitchen; the art of canning fruit, vegetables, sauces, and preserves; dumplings; and too many to list with a 1000 character limit.
The modern traditions forming in my house (and family): Winter holidays lamb roast, gluten-free oatmeal pancakes with a rainbow of fruit, successfully modifying many recipes for the cantankerous tummy (At my house and my Grandma's. Grandma, you ROCK!)
My cooking triumphs
Holiday feasts people look forward to. Recipes people beg for. Dishes people request often. Mouth-watering roasted chickens. A Thanksgiving turkey as moist as most roasted chickens; jaws dropped, a proud moment in the kitchen.
My cooking tragedies
Ten years ago many of my original creations suffered from an over-use of canned tomatoes and were less than pleasing in texture.