I'm an American living in Switzerland for the past few years. Having lived and traveled to many places, my cooking has been most influenced by Chinese and French (Burgundy) cooking. If I'm feeling lazy, I'll do a quick Tex-Mex dish or chinese noodles. Cocktails are my drink specialties. I use vodkas, wines or sparkling juice as a base, and may add a bit of liqueur. I often spruce it up with an unconventional items, such as chili pepper or ginger to give the drink that extra pizzaz.
My favorite things to cook
I feel easy-going about cooking most things, so I buy whatever's on sale. This means my fridge constellation always varies.. sometimes fennel is there, other times asian veggies, sometime beets or whatever. Consequently, I rarely make the same thing twice. There are 2 exceptions: beef burgundy and roasted chicken rubbed with olive oil and rosemary. My fiance loves it so I make these dishes regularly in the Fall and Winter.
My food is juicy and flavorful. I like sauce but do care for gravies. The base for my sauces usually start with olive oil or butter and fresh herbs or garlic. From there it varies.. either red or white wine, port or brandy, or cream is added to the enriched oil to start. I also cook Thai curries and Indian lentils (dal) on occasion. In a nutshell, I cook rich foods.
My favorite family cooking traditions
None really. By traveling and living in different places sampling new combinations, I taught myself to cook by kind of "forecasting" flavors based on my experiences and what I crave.
My cooking triumphs
Transforming ugly leftover items into convincing meals.
My cooking tragedies
The day of a party, I made cheesecake cupcakes and burned the bottom. I had no time to make more and prefer not to buy from the bakery. To rescue them, I made a wild berry sauce with a smoky whisky base (burnt on bottom, smoky on top(?). Using the grill in the oven, I nuked the sauce onto the top. I wasn't sure about the outcome, but at the end, not a single one was left.
Well..Not a major tragedy but that was really a close call.