I'm a trained field archaeologist, who has lived all over the place, but I never knew a thing about food or cooking until I went to university and fell in with foodies and SCAdians there.
My favorite things to cook
I love experimenting; trying different flavours together or modifying one type of dish into another. Though I am not vegan or gluten-free, I do love the challenge of trying to "fix" my favourite recipes so that more people can enjoy them. I am especially proud of my vegan, gluten-free apple spice cake. My spanakopita is also a force to be reckoned with.
My favorite family cooking traditions
There aren't many cooks in my family, and since we come from largely English, German, and Norwegian stock, there was a lot of meat, starch, and casseroles when I was growing up. I do have a few good cookie and pie recipes from my dad, though.
My cooking triumphs
On several occasions, I have served as right-hand woman in the preparation of mediaeval feasts of 12 courses or more, serving between 40 and 80 people. Though the occasional dish would fail, these were almost invariably successful events.
My cooking tragedies
It's always sad when an experiment fails. And by fails, I mean it turns out inedible; not just differently than what I expected. The other night I attempted gluten-free pita bread, and not only did then not taste good, you could have tiled a floor with them. Bleh.