I live in Durban, South Africa and have done all my life. It is a beautiful and wonderful place with lots of interesting and different food options (like ostrich and some others that I need to get around to submitting). I am married to the wonderful Dave who likes to try all of my experiments - good or bad. Our first baby, Georgia, was born in August 2010 to accompany the furry babies -3 cats and 2 dogs who couldn't care less what I cook as long as it involves chicken (and maybe cream)!
My favorite things to cook
I love one pot type meals that are quick and easy, but tasty so people can just spoon their dinner out the pot and sit around enjoying themselves with some nice wine. Of course I also love things that let me show off where I can dish up something that looks likes what you get in an expensive restaurant - all depends on the occassion really.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We have a set of family recipes for Christmas dinner that have been passed down for generations which my mom and I use to prepare a wonderful christmas dinner - we cook together to create this amazing meal. My husband was indifferent about christmas till he started spending it with us!
My cooking triumphs
I threw a surprise birthday party for my mom and 60 of her friends last year where I did all the cooking (and cleaning), also the first christmas dinner I cooked when I was about 10 because I said I wanted to and my mom let me.
My cooking tragedies
A rather awful meatloaf with sweet and sour sauce - the recipe came from a book and the picture looked so appetizing. There was nothing I could think of to improve the recipe and neither my husband or I could stomach it to eat it and we had to chuck it out when even the dog wouldn't eat it. We haven't really been able to contemplate meatloaf since.