I'm Canadian, living in Ontario. I'm over 60, semi-retired and I drive a school bus. My children are grown up and I love to cook for them when they visit. I don't have any grandkids yet but I do bake cookies for the kids on my bus from time to time. I wasn't brought up to be a picky eater and I'm thankful for that. I am open to foods from different cultures. Besides cooking, I enjoy knitting and I love knitting my own socks.
My favorite things to cook
Of course, comfort foods. I also enjoy experimenting and trying new recipes and especially new techniques. My latest interests are making pita bread and different kinds of hummus.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Christmas we have Trifle for dessert. This past Christmas I wanted to make Plum Pudding but I got the thumbs down from the kids, so trifle it was. When my kids were little, it was always a treat for them to 'lick the beaters' when I made icing. They're in their 40's and still licking the beaters!
My cooking triumphs
Making pita bread. Years ago I tried several times to make pita bread and I ended up with this giant hamburger buns that I could have sold to the Jolly Green Giant. Well recently I found a pita bread website and made the recipe exactly as written and voila!! It was extremely exciting to see each pita puff up like a pillow! And, the taste is absolutely delicious. Once you've tasted homemade pita bread you never want to buy and eat commercial stuff again.
My cooking tragedies
During the 80's I discovered flame. I flambed everything! I loved the drama of it! Well, I had a dinner party with Steak Dianne and Cherries Jubilee. While I was preparing the Steak to flambe I leaned in too close and set my hair on fire. While we were eating dinner my guests could barely look at me without laughing like crazy people. There I was .... singed hair, no eye brows and red and blistered skin. Everybody declined dessert.