I like to spin poi. No mention of that in the "Hobbies" area! Also, I have been cooking for 32 years...since I was 6. Granted, it wasn't Quiche or anything back then, but I learned to brown hamburger before I could read! Eventually, I decided that I wanted to play with computers and now I'm in college to become a programmer! Yay me! Cooking will likely always be my passion, though.
My favorite things to cook
I would have to say my faves are pretty expansive. I love to bake, but I also love to stir-fry, soups, breakfast foods, deep-fried foods, pasta...I'm pretty flexible. Cakes...I'm not too big on cakes...hehe
Now, if I were to be asked what type of foods I like best, I would have to say Oriental. They have such a wide variety of flavors and seasonings in their foods and it's mostly healthy. In fact, I don't believe I have ever heard of an Oriental food that was BAD for you!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family is big on making sure the children learn what they need when they are ready. For me, I was interested in cooking when I was 6, but I really didn't care about reading until I found out that reading would make cooking easier. Because of this style of teaching, my family tends to start teaching the kiddos how to "cook" early in life. My daughter(11) can cook hot cereals with ease and likes to help me with whatever I am fixing at the time. My son is 5 and still cannot make a PB&J and really isn't showing any interest. He'll likely be taught the basics in 4 or 5 years. Either way, when they are ready, they are ready and there is no real rush on it.
My cooking triumphs
My daughter asks for Rosemary Pomegranate Turkey EVERY THANKSGIVING! I got the recipe on allrecipes.com but she thinks it's the bomb! Also, I have tweaked every recipe I've ever tried because I don't really like some of the things that others like. For example, I have used broccoli instead of asparagus in some recipes because I don't like asparagus and everyone in my family loves broccoli. I'd have to say that my triumphs would be keeping my family saying "Sure mom. I'll try that." rather than "Ah man! Mom's getting inventive again!" Isn't that all we can ask for?
My cooking tragedies
Cakes. I cannot seem to make cakes rise and stay that way. After about 20 years of trying I have decided to just give up. The funny thing...? I can make muffins, pancakes, and cupcakes like mad...can't rise a cake to save my life!