I am a postgraduate student living in a big house with 9 other students. We take turns cooking dinner for the whole group, which means that I only cook about every 2 1/2 weeks! We're a very diverse international bunch, and some are more set in their tastes than others, so I have to strike a balance between being creative with my cooking and not putting off my diners with strange new combinations. I love having a captive audience for my culinary experiments -- it's much more fun cooking for others than for myself alone.
My favorite things to cook
I like to keep things interesting but not to stress myself out with excessively complicated recipes. I love spicy food and am always in the mood for a good curry or anything Mexican. I often fall back on making pasta and have been challenging myself to make more sophisticated pasta dishes.
My cooking triumphs
Some recent favourites among my housemates have been my cornbread, beef stroganoff, and puppy chow. My family loves my sweet breads, especially pumpkin chocolate chip and cranberry orange.