I am an environmental scientist and an aspiring French pastry chef. Someday after I finish saving the world, I want to open a patisserie in the tradition of the ones that I've seen in Paris, Rabat, Morocco, and Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt. Did I mention I love to travel? Food is a major consideration in choosing our destinations.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Sunday my mom would make dried beef biscuits and gravy, with scrambled eggs and orange juice. I continued this with my family until my husband found out he was prediabetic. Now he is 40 lbs lighter and we are all biscuit and gravy free. On the 4th of July, my dad and uncles dig new potatoes, and harvest their sweet corn and fresh garden vegetables. We go to my grandma's and grill hamburgers, eat sweet corn and new potatoes, and have cucumber and onions in vinegar. It is the freshest food I eat all year.
My cooking triumphs
Anything that I've managed to make with phyllo dough, including my famous spanakopita.
My cooking tragedies
I made Doro wat (an Ethiopian stew) and injera. The injera turned out beautifully. However, I was reading the recipe for the Doro wat off my computer screen without my reading glasses. Doro wat is spicy and requires two tsp of cayenne pepper. I misread the directions and added two tablespoons. Holy God, it was so hot that we tried to eat the meat that hadn't been permeated yet, but ultimately, we threw it away. Also, I forgot to add flour to a cookie recipe that I made for the county 4-H fair. My excuse is that I was in the 5th grade.