These days I'm a quick fix cook, leaning heavily on the 'instant homemade' idea: canned soup, ground beef, instant potatoes & frozen veggies = shephard's pie.
I use recipes to spur creativity more than I actually follow them.
My favorite things to cook
Whatever smells good in my mind. My favourite spices are cumin and curry. And I love 'sweet heat': curried marmalade tuna, ginger pear jam, sweet thai chili sauce.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Not a tradition in the sense of happening at holiday time, but my family gets excited whenever I make 'Hidden Treasure Salad'. It is different every time so the ingredients are the hidden treasures to discover. Basic must haves: greens on a bed of cold Mr. Noodles, something crunchy, something sweet & some protein source. Plus a good salad dressing. I make it on the dinner plates, so they also like that I customize to their preferences.
My cooking triumphs
At 30, I finally got over my fear of crock pots. Now I'm not afraid to dump almost anything in it.. but no chicken skin!
My cooking tragedies
My ex husband once brought home a bag full of snow peas. Too many to eat raw, they were fading fast. So I decided to blend them and make soup. Mint, buttermilk, sugar... nothing could make that soup edible.