I didn't really start learning how to cook until about 3 years ago, when I was 31. And I only started cooking pretty often and trying a lot of new things in the last year, since I've had a baby. Now that she's eating food I'm really motivated to cook healthy, delicious food. There's nothing more gratifying than seeing my one-year old daughter nomming away at something I cooked! I still make lots of basic mistakes, but I'm learning from them and I'm going to keep going.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking stews in the slow cooker. Tomatoes and beans and spices are my favorite recipes- I also like recipes that use meat as an ingredient, but don't rely too heavily on it. I used to be a vegetarian and I still prefer things that are mostly vegetables.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I did not learn how to cook from my family. I suspect that is because my mother was never comfortable in the kitchen, even though she cooked for the family every night. She taught me how to cook pasta, boiled eggs, and scrambled eggs. Other than that she taught me to heat up food. I'm not kidding. My dad makes a few good dishes but he lacks communication skills so he didn't teach me anything. This is partly why I never learned how to cook until now!
My cooking triumphs
Anytime something I cook comes out well it is a triumph, especially if it's something that my husband would never have thought to try- he is much more of a cook than I, but his range is somewhat narrow.
I think my best triumph was cooking delicious marinated chicken breasts, and I believe I got the recipe from this site.
My cooking tragedies
I have undercooked chicken on far more occasions than I care to admit- I think I'm getting the hang of it now though.