I started learning to cook as a small child, with my mother teaching me standard classics, how to roast a chicken, make pastry, bake bread and cookies etc. These days I am a little more adventurous, and love to try out new things on friends and family. As an accountant with a full-time career, I also love my slow cooker.
My favorite things to cook
I really enjoy baking, having grown up in Canada, and like to make pies and desserts. I also like making traditional Jewish recipes like knishes, and chicken soup with matzo balls. Also, living in Australia, I like to experiment with meal-sized salads for the summer months, and often rely on mediterranean flavours to inspire me.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mum and grandmother are both fabulous cooks, and I have very fond memories of cooking with both of them from a young age. We still get together at times and make large batches of family favourites, such as perogies or tarts.
My cooking triumphs
Probably the first time I succesfully made roast venison with a chocolate and red wine reduction. Also having stumbled across a fantastic recipe for kneidlach that put an end to heavy bland tasting matzo balls.
My cooking tragedies
Generally, I don't have too many disasters these days but I have long-term issues with doughnuts! Maybe it is the lack of experience with deep frying, but they always end up sticky and doughy. I have moved on...and buy my doughnuts now...