I'm just a normal girl who likes to cook for herself, her boyfriend, and anybody else who can be suckered into eating my food! I found out a few years ago that I felt a lot better when I ate real food, exercised, drank enough water, and all that good stuff. I avoid preprocessed food and try to minimize the artificial ingredients in what I cook when I can. I still eat rich, delicious food, and I love trying new things.
My favorite things to cook
Banana bread! Banana muffins! Banana cake! I also love making spaghetti sauce for a crowd, Indian (my curries alternate good/bad/good/bad, but I'm improving), and chicken fried rice. I also love pancakes and french toast. I have a terrible sweet tooth. I enjoy making cookies for everybody over the holidays. Meat loaf, shepherd's pie and chicken pot pie, which I can't make often because my bf doesn't eat them. And ice cream.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Stuffing. Whatever holiday it has, you have to have stuffing on the table. We have fried matzo every Christmas morning because I come from a mixed family. I bake cookies for the holidays with the people I love helping me. Nanaimo bars every New Year's.
My cooking triumphs
This year, my mom let me run Christmas dinner. I put together the menu and did most of the cooking myself, using various family members as my sous-chefs. We had a roast garlic turkey, traditional bread stuffing, creamed onions, roasted veggies, mashed potatoes, and rolls. For dessert I let my mom help, so we had chocolate mousse, apple crisp, and peppermint ice cream. All around it was a huge success. Also, I baked the cakes for a friend's casual wedding in October, and the guests preferred my from-scratch pumpkin cake to the doctored-mix chocolate cake. Victory!
My cooking tragedies
Every other curry I make is tragic. And I made a really pathetic dill and dijon beef stroganoff recently.