I'm a 23-year-old college graduate and pescetarian living on my own in Germany, soooooo I figured it's time I learn how to feed myself. (Especially since the cereal selection here is abysmally depressing.) This means that I not only face the challenge of learning how to make food taste good, but also how to do this in a place that speaks another language, follows the metric system and has no respect for cheddar cheese, canned pumpkin, sweet potatoes, celery, salsa, cilantro or black beans, just to name a few.
But boy do they know how to bake some amazing bread...
My favorite things to cook
Cakes, cookies, brownies, pancakes, and anything involving beans or salmon.
I also enjoy a the occasional challenge of trying to recreate my Southern favorites here, because sometimes you really NEED a good biscuit and grits.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family was always busy when I was growing up, so dinner often came out of a box bearing the words "just add meat." However, when either Mom or Dad took a notion to roll up their sleeves in the kitchen, the result was always delicious. They can cook a mean pot roast, some crazy-awesome spaghetti, a jambalaya that will knock your socks off, and the best grits you've ever had (especially when mixed with ketchup, yum). Th secret family recipe for stuffing is what makes me look forward to the holiday season more than anything else, and my Mom's pound cake would change your life.
My cooking triumphs
Since the Germans don't do cake the way we do (icing doesn't even exist here, no kidding), I had to bake my own birthday cake this year. It was my first attempt at baking a cake that didn't start out in a box, and I was so proud of it! It was a yellow cake that I infused with lemon flavor, and a white icing that I enhanced with a bit of almond extract. My two other American friends and I ate it all in one night.
My cooking tragedies
I can't cook rice. It's always soupy. Please don't judge me.