Recently moved to a very rural area in Costa Rica, and sometimes finding specific ingredients is a challenge. With my garden and greenhouse starting to produce I am slowly experimenting with creating my own recipes - I used to follow recipes to the letter! Hubby says "Be creative!" (about 2 weeks later): I'm now starting to make my own cheese - what a thrill!
My favorite things to cook
bread - I can only find white and whole wheat flour in my area - anyone visting me has to bring rye flour! LOL
cakes - used to be only chocolate but will be experimenting with local fruits.
cookies - they are expensive here and the variety isn't great - gotta start making my own!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My polish great-aunt taught me how to make pierogy. Hubby had never tasted them the way they were meant to be served - filled with feta cheese (AKA shepherd's cheese).
My cooking triumphs
My worker occasionally brings me bananas and I bake up banana bread for me and him. One time he brought me some really big bananas, when they started turning black I used them in a chocolate banana bread, but boy were the 'bananas' tough - I had trouble cutting them up with a knife! F i n a l l y got them mashed, and proceeded as usual. Next day when I offered him the bread his eyes opened wide and he was reluctant to taste the bread - it turns out he had given me platano! (plantain). After I assured him the bread tasted good he gave it a try, and agreed with me. But he did warn me not to eat platano raw, as it will give you a bad case of the runs!