My husband and I moved from California to England to begin graduate school 3 days after our wedding. So, newlywed life gets to be experienced in between dissertations, amongst student loans, and about 20°F colder than home. Our kitchen is 10 feet by 4 feet, we have no appliances besides a kettle, and everything is in metric. I cook him a special new dinner every month on our anniversary (yes, we still are counting months), and he buys the wine to go with it.
I'm having the time of my life.
My favorite things to cook
Baking! Cookies for a long time, now branching into pies, cheesecakes, etc. Bread is my favorite: nothing is better than the feeling of kneading bread!
My favorite family cooking traditions
1) Pancakes and/or French Toast: the family special breakfast for ages. I first "made" pancakes when I was 2 years old. Honestly! We have a video - basically I stirred the batter and then sneezed in it.
2) Christmas Cookies! Since I was 12 all my friends would come over for a cookie baking girly sleepover. I think the standing record is 15 dozen cookies in one evening.
My cooking triumphs
1) Baking a cheesecake in a toaster oven! You heard me!
2) Making spaetzle without a huebel (hopefully if you know what I mean you can appreciate the triumph)
3) Saving recipes - newlywed grad students on a budget in a land without Costco run out of ingredients a lot, so things like making bread and realizing I only have 1 cup of flour... And yet they miraculously work out more often than not - it's all about creative thinking!
My cooking tragedies
This was my favorite pie my grandma would make every holiday, and she has given me her recipe, but I just have never been able to make it set up correctly... It's a tragedy and I'm honestly traumatized...