I am a university student majoring in sociology and minoring in child development and family studies. That means I spend a lot of time studying, going to classes, reading, and writing.
I work part-time as a nanny, for which I have to cook small child-friendly meals. I also am currently working as a researcher studying media portrayals of immigrants. I am engaged to a wonderful man, who is studying Mechanical Engineering at the same university. You can tell which one of us is the smart one!
I am responsible for most meals in our home, and I love to spend time reading cookbooks and recipes/reviews on allrecipes! I have moderate lupus, and I try my best to find healthy recipes that both of us love.
My favorite things to cook
I generally don't like the texture of meat, but I love to cook with it for the flavour! A good friend of mine is vegetarian, so I love to cook meals that she can eat, too. I find it fun to explore adding different layers of depth to the flavour, while excluding ingredients I typically depend on. The Moosewood cookbooks are really wonderful for vegetarian cooking. I love to make soups and stews, curries, burritos and tacos, turkey or chicken pies, and salads. Before I got bad arthritis, I used to be very serious about bread-making. Now that my joints are too weakened I don't make bread anymore, but still carry deep knowledge about and passion for it.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Like most families, our cooking traditions are Thanksgiving and Christmas. Before I got engaged, I cooked both Thanksgiving (Turkey) and Christmas (Chicken, as my sister does not eat anything from a pig) Dinner. Now, for Christmas, my future-mother-in-law cooks. And I still go home for Thanksgiving and cook.