I'm from the U.S., but live in Taiwan, where I study Chinese and edit a bi-lingual magazine. I have a great mutt named Luna and I love to write.
Hobbies: Chinese language, travel, belly dancing, cooking, reading, learning, crossword puzzles, and swimming. And writing.
My favorite things to cook
Anything with a lot of vegetables in it! Little to no meat. Fish & chicken. Beans, Indian, beef/vegetable soup, appetizers, pumpkin bread. Almost anything healthy and delicious.
My cooking triumphs
Finding ingredients in Taiwan to make all time favorites from home. Mastering the de-skinning of garlic.
My cooking tragedies
I am a bit of a klutz in the kitchen at times... I'll shake a spice bottle once for a hint of cinnamon, then the cap will somehow come off and deposit a tablespoon of spice into my masterpiece. doh.
Just yesterday I knocked a Costco-sized black pepper container on the floor, where it promptly exploded, thoroughly peppering my life.