I've been making a mess in the kitchen since I could reach the flour in the cupboard. Now I'm all grown up and baking at least once a week (and leaving less messes in the kitchen). I'm currently working towards becoming a pastry chef and bakery owner.
My favorite things to cook
Everything involving butter, flour, and sugar. Though I would consider myself a decent cook, I am a baker at heart. Cookies, cakes, bread, scones, muffins, pies... I love them all.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My parents are both from Manila and have always had the magic touch in the kitchen when applying well-guarded family recipes. When I was growing up, I adored helping my dad hold the cheese cloth to strain the leche flan mixture and the smell of chocolate rice and bacon on a Sunday morning. I can't wait for the next holiday when my mom and I sit down and roll lumpia together, hours before friends and family arrive.
My cooking triumphs
My most beautiful creation to date would have to be Emeril's almond roca cookies.
My cooking tragedies
I sometimes forget an ingredient here and there. My latest tragedy was an attempt at Smitten Kitchen's yellow cake and I forgot to add one cup of flour. Heh. Oooh.