My favorite things to cook
My family are pretty adventurous eaters so I’ve had fun trying out many different regional and ethnic dishes. Part of the fun is searching out unfamiliar and exotic ingredients and trying to decipher labels! We’re lucky to have many ethnic grocery stores in our part of southern Ontario – and I like to pick up at least one unfamiliar vegetable or ingredient, research it on the internet and find a recipe using it. Not always successful but always interesting. My other love is soup – I could eat soup 3 times a day and the variety is endless! So easy, quick, flexible – use what you have in the fridge and pantry and you have a bowl of pure comfort.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Nanaimo bars – all kinds! Traditional, peanut butter, mint, mocha, maraschino cherry, hazelnut, pumpkin – well, you get the idea. This is a non-negotiable Christmas “must have” treat – the tough part is deciding which kind to make. My homemade stuffing is the other family tradition – even if we don’t have turkey for Christmas dinner, there MUST be stuffing.
My cooking triumphs
My stove died just before I started Easter dinner but I managed to get the ham, scalloped potatoes and three side dishes on the table (only slightly late!) using the gas grill and the microwave. Every year I consider it a personal triumph when I can get all the courses and dishes for Christmas dinner coordinated and on the table at about the same time!
My cooking tragedies
I’ve had more “oops” than tragedies, fortunately. I love to try new recipes and to experiment and tweak – the results aren’t always what I hoped for and I’ve had to prepare more than my share of Plan B meals. That, and my complete inability to master anything made with yeast!! I have tried and tried and tried…..sigh……