23-year old grad student studying Intercultural Communications and International Relations in Sydney, Australia, coming off a Bachelor's in Cognitive Science from University of Rochester in New York.
My favorite things to cook
I love playing around in the kitchen, and people love my cooking. I will admit that there is nothing better than having people drool over a dish you've worked hard on, but I could never cook professionally. As soon as it became a requirement, I'd stop enjoying it, so for now I'll just stick with entertaining friends and family.
My favorite family cooking traditions
There are three cooking traditions in my family. One: Thanksgiving dinner starts a week beforehand and the kitchen doesn't stop until December starts. Everything is homemade (except the cranberry sauce but nobody eats that anyway...) and everything is amazing. Two: Christmas Eve dinner with just the close family. A nice quiet dinner of shrimp and steak that can't be topped. Three: Christmas Day breakfast of waffles with homemade whipped cream and fresh strawberries.
My cooking triumphs
I once made an entire Thanksgiving dinner for my Australian "family," with absolutely no recipes. Having never made a thanksgiving dinner myself before, and armed only with what I could remember or come up with, I managed to make a perfect stuffed chicken with gravy, veggies, and a decent roast squash and apple dish with cinnamon that really worked.
My cooking tragedies
One night back in high school, there was a class bake sale the next day and I was bringing cookies. It was late and I needed to get to sleep, so I got ready for bed as the last batch of cookies was baking. When the buzzer rang, I hustled down to the kitchen to take the baking sheet out of the oven, and my mother bumped into me, making the cookie sheet touch me in the stomach. Wouldn't have been so bad, had I not been washing up. I didn't have a shirt on and I still have a small scar where that cooking sheet burnt me.