Been living in Japan for 9 years... doing what I can to avoid getting kicked out. Love the food here, but love the food in neighbouring Asian countries even more.
My favorite things to cook
Hmmm... Probably Mexican and Italian, and specifically among them burritos, soft tacos, guacamole, salsa, bruschetta, calzones, alfredo sauces. I also love Asian cooking and enjoy making Korean chige, Thai curries, and more. Of course, I cannot forget Greek/Mediterranean; hummus, pastiscio, wicked fish dishes, etc. Oh, who am I kidding? I just love cooking... and it could be anything so long as I can do it from scratch with all the ingredients.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family stinks at cooking until my generation. I took part-time jobs during school, and full-time in summer, at restaurants and learned all sorts of things under an excellent chef. Never went back after that. No specific traditions that run in or will continue in our family, I think, except a greater love for food made by hand than that that comes from a box and a little added water.
My cooking triumphs
Scouring Japanese shops for the ingredients and appliances to make wicked calzones, Indian curries, and Mexican buffets for the uninitiated Japanese -- and they are too many! I consider the small things to be success... oh... and when my wife approves of something she's never tried. I still might consider it a success if she doesn't like it, but I have to wait until she's asleep to eat it.
My cooking tragedies
Cooking is never a tragedy. Bottom line. Mind you, it's a tragedy when people choose instant foods over something homemade, so I guess in that respect I've had some tragic lunches or dinners when I had no time in the kitchen.