An adventurous cook, I don't think I've ever followed a recipe exactly. My grandmothers taught me that a recipe is a guideline only, & I've always followed that. My life is like that too. A lifelong IndigenUs human rights slave laborer; Traditional person; I love sticking my finger in the eye of pompous/self-righteous bullies & upsetting their applecarts - usually with a grin. I garden; build/rebuild; am currently recycling an old building from abandoned to lovable as well as livable using almost all recycled materials. This year's projects include replacing window units with 55X71" recycled units; adding solar heaters (my design); replacing the rear entry & reroofing the kitchen. Around building my micro-corporation, which has struggled to exist because bigotry is a reality here, & some local bigwigs "don't condone" independence amoung us IndigenUs. tch, tch.. So far, it's uppity Indn woman 10, bigots 0 & I mean to keep it that way.
My favorite things to cook
Tanigha - Lakota for tripe; kidney; any wild meat; fry bread (I make my dough in my bread machine); figuring out what neat stuff I can make in my bread machine; slow cooking; dried meat(boppa), fruits & vegetables; wasna, which is sometimes called by another Nation's name - pemmican. We use it for ceremonial food. Am still trying to get tomatoes to dry properly, in any format. The checklists here don't begin to cover enough ground for kinds of foods we like to cook.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Anything made from scratch & natural. I detest & abhor box mixes.
My cooking triumphs
Some of my family's homemade IndigenUs treats have become products for my micro-corporation; providing jobs for other IndigenUs, along with opportunity & hope for life without being forced onto welfare.
My cooking tragedies
So far, so good.. just one. It was a challenge to learn to make good pancake & waffle batter. Um, make that A Challenge. My first efforts tasted like library paste - & looked like it, too. Bleyech!