I like to try cooking anything ethnic, and I also like to learn how things are done the old-fashioned way. There are times when you just can't go wrong with a classic. I like to learn how to do things from scratch.
My favorite things to cook
Anything new. Lately, I have been making American style pies (largely thanks to the recipes on this site). Because you can't buy pre-made pie bases here in NZ, I've learned how to make them and it's surprisingly easy.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas. There are always so many people, but when we're working together, it all seems to run smoothly! Every year is a triumph!
My cooking triumphs
This year I made the cake for my niece's second birthday in the shape of a teddy bear. I think my brother was even more impressed than the birthday girl, probably because he was eating it for a week!
My cooking tragedies
Once, when I was working in a cafe, I forgot to add the sugar to eight carrot cakes I was making at the same time. What a disaster! They came out of the oven like rocks! I was very lucky to have an understanding boss.