My favorite things to cook
I'm happiest when I'm elbow deep in all-purpose flour with the oven pre-heated to 375... anything that falls into the realm of 'baking' is on my favorites list. Specifically? Tasty breads, cakes, and pies. Choux pastry happens to be my specialty.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Doukhobor food: that rare blend of Russian heritage and vegetarian fare. Vareniki, borscht, piroshki are all perennial favorites.
My cooking triumphs
I made my first loaf of French bread when I was 10, without letting my mother in on the plan... she thought I was just mucking about in the kitchen until she started to smell baking bread. I think I would have been in a lot more trouble if it hadn't been so tasty!
My cooking tragedies
A traditional Doukhobor feast in France went horribly wrong when twice the number of people showed up. I had planned to make labor-intensive vareniki, but came up way short on the quantities... everyone had _just_ enough to eat. For any self respecting Doukhobor, this is a tragedy! Guests must eat their fill and then some! Since then, I always make too much at dinner parties...