I am 26 years old and currently a housewife and mommy-to-be. My husband and I recently bought a house in Longueuil, QC on the South Shore of Montéal. We have 2 dogs, Louie is our 5 year old golden retriever, and Eva is our 10 month old bernese mnt dog. After suffering a miscarrige right before Xmas '09, we have finally concieved again April '10 and couldn't be more thrilled. My goal with this pregnancy is to eat the best food I can possibly eat and not gain more weight than I need to. I was slightly overweight before concieving (195 lbs), though thankfully it was hard to tell because I am so tall (6ft). At 6 weeks 4 days I weight 206.4 lbs, suffer slight nausea, though not bad enough to keep me from eating, and all the other normal early pregnancy symtoms you can expect to have. Right now mine and my husbands lives are totally revolved around being parents-to-be, and we are so excited about it :)
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook soups, stews, roasts, one-pot's and good old fashion country cooking, just like my momma use-ta do. Nothing says lovin' like the smell of nice hot comfort food thats been cooking all day in the dead of winter. And on top of that I think that my favorite part about cooking is what most people hate, I love cutting up fruits and vegetables, dicing onions, mincing garlic, herbs and spices. Making a soup or stew from vegies that you yourself selected and cut up, now thats a rewarding feeling. And when your family loves it and there aren't any left overs, thats the icing on the cake, so to speak :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love just spur of the moment calling up some friends and saying, "Hey! Come on over for dinner and a board game." That use to happen about once a week, but since we have moved to the suburbs it's more like a once a month thing. When my mother visits though, thats a whole other story. My mother doesn't cook anymore since us kids have grown up. She says the only reason she has a kitchen is because it came with the house. But, she sure doesn't mind that I like to use mine. I always make her favorites for her, like mushroom risotto. I always try to intruduce her to new things to that I think she'll like. I need to get her coming back for more since she lives 4 hours away, its nice to be able to give her some incentive for a visit :)
My cooking triumphs
My first time apple picking, I got some really big cortland apples and on a whim I decided to try my hand at apple pie. I found 'Apple Pie by Grandma Ople' on this site, which is the highest rated apple pie recipe here, and I tried it with fingers crossed, what a success!
My cooking tragedies
I tried to make pad thai once, it was a nightmare.