I started to cook for my dad and brother when I was about 12 years old, my mum was sick and while my nana had been looking after us (doing a fantastic job!) her cooking was, and still is, an ongoing bad memory, everything was boiled, soggy, and needless to say very yucky!
My Aunty taught me a few basic recipes and I learnt by trial and error from there. Still learning :)
My favorite things to cook
Changes from season to season, but i love trying out new recipes all the time. In winter the slow cooker is the most common used appliance and through summer im looking for new grilling/shallow frying recipes with lots of yummy salads.Making soups is another favourite but Im still trying to master them!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Our chrsitmas day was always hot roast meats, new potatoes and seasonal vegetables, with great pavlovas for desserts and the christmas puddings with brandy and custard. When my mother passed away I cooked the christmas dinner for our whole family..at the age of 13! After years of watching mum prepare and cook it, it still wasnt easy but can at least say it wasnt a complete disaster. As the kids have all gotten older nothing beats a bbq on a hot day.
My cooking triumphs
People always ask to come over for dinner before I get a chance to invite them!! A few favourites which are commonly requested to make for them are: Nachos, Macaroni cheese and my chicken pasta bake.
My cooking tragedies
When I first started out cooking, I wanted to make a microwave Chicken Curry Dish my mum used to make and my Dad and Brother loved.
At the time i attempted to make it, I hadnt yet mastered the art of measuring... and did not realise that "1 cup of chicken stock" was actually "one teaspoon of chicken stock with one cup of water" needless to say the dish was very gluggy with lack of water, and very, very salty. We had fish n chips for tea in the end!!