I baked when I was a teen. Favorite was carrot cake w/cream cheese frosting. Not a big sweet eater. But I enjoy making it for others to enjoy. Cooking for some is a chore for me it is relaxing. After a hard day taking apart furniture and putting new fabric on is a treat and to go into the kitchen is my other treat. No wonder my boss and I got along so well. He was the same way.
My favorite things to cook
That is hard for me to say. Anything from a simple meal to gourmet. I love making French cookies. Time consuming but the result is fantastic and tasty. One of the sweets I could eat the whole batch. I also cook things that look good and would not touch with a 10 foot pole. My favorite meal would be homemade pasta with a good sauce, great Italian bread and a fresh salad with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, olives with a good extra virgin olive oil, basil, garlic dressing.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Comfort food. My Mum's American Chop Suey or her baked beans. Never like serving guests baked beans with cole slaw and corn bread on a cold Saturday night.
My cooking triumphs
I hate to pat myself on the back but most people go away satisfied and have plenty to eat. One of my best is a pasta dish with lemon, leeks, mushrooms, white wine and throw a few shrimp in. Another triumph was feeding 7 people with a 1 pound steak. I still do not know how I did it. Back in the days of living in an apartment and having people stop in at mealtime. The Christmas eve I was making pizza and the prime rib was in the fridge for the next day and the element died in the oven. Would not recomment what my husband did. He moved the broiler element to the bottom. Pizza was not so good prime rib was fantastic the next day. I now have a gas range. One of the things I changed when I moved in with him. Needless to say he did not argue with me over stoves. His forte is haddock cooked in milk or eggs. Other than that frozen pizza reheated. LOL.
My cooking tragedies
The only meal I threw away. Made Mum's pork chops, sauteed with mushrooms, mushroom soup and onion. Used the store brand soup. It was disgusting. We ordered pizza. It was that bad.