My husband and I recently moved to China to teach. While the pay's not great, and neither are the living conditions, this has been a great adventure, and I wouldn't trade it for the world. The cooking has been a whole adventure in itself. I feel like I'm learning to cook all over again.
My favorite things to cook
I almost never follow a recipe, either because I think I can improve the one in front of me, or I can't get/can't afford the ingredients in it. I love to make comfort food - soup, stew, banana bread, muffins, anything for breakfast. I love trying new recipes, maybe to a fault. I seem to try new things too often to ever really master any one thing. My latest challenge - tofu. (I can make tofu taste like a corn dog now, honest)
My favorite family cooking traditions
The holidays! I love my Mom's sausage balls, the orange peel candy, the trash trail mix, the dressing, the whole lot. I also have been making my mom's same chocolate chip cookie recipe since I was old enough to stir.
My cooking triumphs
I made a perfect hollandaise once (thank you Julia Child). I can make tofu taste like a corn dog. I can make my own soy milk. Once, I had all my friends over for a movie night and made this awesome homemade pizza with a whole wheat crust and veggie toppings. MMMM.
My cooking tragedies
I've only tried to make one cake, a red velvet cake for a new year's party. The icing was soooo good, but the cake cracked down the middle and made this awful lopsided mess. Oh well. Also, I would say that my first 5 bread attempts were completely depressing. I finally got it down right before we moved to China. Six months after moving here, I finally got an oven, and I feel like I'm starting at bread square one again.