I am a disabled Navy veteran which allows me to move around and travel. I have lived in 4 countries on 3 continents (US, Mexico, Germany, Turkey). I presently live in east Germany on the Polish border and cross over several times a week to shop. My 4 cats are international too: two Mexican cats (one is a rescue), one German cat and one Turkish cat (a rescue). I had horses for many years, Morgans and Fjords, and still love horses. I like to visit historical sights, museums and zoos (particularly to see the cats). I have sailed transatlantic 2X, one on a cargo ship and the other on a cruise ship, and enjoy the port calls the most since the traveler can visit different ports in different countries on a several day or 2-3 week cruise and sitting on deck and reading while at sea (and, of course, eating on the ship).
My favorite things to cook
Asian, particularly Chinese, Japanese, VietNamese and Indian
Authentic Mexican and TexMex, guisos, salsas, frijoles
Italian pasta sauces and meat dishes
Greek dishes of all kinds
Arab food, some Cuban and Spanish food
I like hot and spicy food with lots of seasoning.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother was Norwegian and we always had Julekage (Christmas bread) and fattigman bakkles (poor man´s cookies) at Christmas, Norwegian meatballs for Christmas Eve dinner (a tradition I continue)and roast beef almost every Sunday with ham occasionally. When my parents entertained, they always served a small Smorgasbord with meatballs, ham and scalloped potatoes. I usually serve Smorgasbord-style if I have more than 4 guests irregardless of the type of food I am serving.
My cooking triumphs
Having friends over and seeing them clean their plates. Having a friend who is a fine chef-owner of a restaurant and his wife over and seeing them enjoy their meal and compliment us on our cooking. Making bearnaise and hollandaise sauce from scratch. Making really good beef bourgignone.
My cooking tragedies
Soupy polenta (most recent); tiramisu; gumbo with far too much celery.