Done the whole marriage/relationship thing where I was able to hone my cooking skills...now I have become roommates with my Mother, who works crazy hours that keep her out and about from very early morning to late at night, so I love to experiment with all kinds of new dishes to surprise and satisfy her after a long day! She and I share a love of food and of all kinds of different cuisines, so we're constantly finding recipes and ingredients to use to make meals we've never had before! It's a lot of fun, definitely a game of hit or miss - mostly hits, but some misses!
My favorite things to cook
I love, love, love slow cooker meals. What a beautiful and magnificent cooing technique!! The beauty of combining whatever ingredients whet your palette and just letting them be for several hours, only to find a masterpiece awaiting hours later!! I also love Spanish cuisine, and my family and friends are always asking me to make yellow rice with gondules or habichuelas or to make empanadillas... I also love to experiment with stir-fries. Whether it e with pork, chicken or steak, nothing like combining veggies with the right amount of ginger and hoisin sauce to create a quick and easy meal! I just love to experiment with different ingredients and techniques and spices!
My cooking triumphs
After dating someone of Latin descent for several years, I always watched as they made yellow rice. We had it so often that I became somewhat tired of it, but after breaking up, some time down the road, I realized how very much I missed it. It almost seemed as if I had a photographic memory, because the very first time I made it on my own, it came out delicious! Same with my empanadillas - I've had marriage proposals based on just the taste o those! (Here's to hoping they were in jest!!)
My cooking tragedies
I don't really have a whole lot of cooking tragedies, but one that really sticks out in my mind was a recipe that called for cooking with zucchini. The zucchini was to be cut in thin, round pieces and mixed in with the other ingredients to be baked. Imagine my surprise when I bit into the food and immediately spit it out!! I had used CUCUMBERS instead of ZUCCHINI!! You'd think the large seeds would've tipped me off, but cucumbers is certainly one of my VERY LEAST FAVORITE foods and I wasn't paying any attention! My partner thought it was the funniest thing they'd ever seen!!