I am a photographer/artist/health-writer, proud mama of two grown gorgeous children, and gramma to two little imps all living in the States. I am currently in New Zealand (north island), capturing the beauty here with my camera, and sampling different foods that I have never seen before. I am puzzled quite often when i go to the supermarkets. I have yet to find out: is golden syrup the same thing as corn syrup? Is their corn flour*, the same thing as our corn starch? Why do I have to add one pea sized amount of mustard to Heinz Ketchup to make it taste like it does in the US? And last night I found that *barbeque sauce* tastes like our steak sauce, and the steak sauce tastes like a fruit glaze for bbq, lol. Besides all of the food issues, I am finding New Zealanders to be among the warmest, and friendliest people that I have met in my travels. However, I still hover over the northern USA part of All Recipes website, so that I can cook my favorites from home for loved ones here.
My favorite things to cook
That would take forever to answer. However, I can't bake cookies worth a darn, but i love any type of breads, pies, and cakes as far as baking goes. I am vegetarian, so i have fun taking *meat-based* recipes and trying to make them into something new to try. I love all of the old fashioned comfort food recipes, as well as the more complicated dishes. I'm pretty eclectic in the kitchen, a southern or rustic style stick-to-your-ribs meal one night - something totally exotic that I never heard of the next. I also like to take two or three recipes for the same dish that I want to make, and combine them...taking out what i don't much care for, and combining what is left. I also love soups, stews, oh i found a potato soup recipe on here about 9 years ago, it had tons of ingredients and was submitted by a fella whose name i dont remember, but it was the BEST. I have since lost the recipe and keep looking for it though.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family was very ethnic, and i spent a lot of time with grandparents on both sides and cooked with my Italian step father. So, one weekend it was making borsht with polish great gramma, pierogies with gramm, german down-home meals, apple pies, and canning homemade soups with my nanny Gold another weekend, and then there was wonderful italian foods my dad made. Between them all I think they gave me a good start.
My cooking triumphs
I would have to say, one single batch of cookies came out edible this Christmas. lol.
My cooking tragedies
My ex-mother-in-law had asked me to make her favorite *easy* pineapple cookies while she was at work. Following her recipe to the *T*, i became horribly anxious as each batch would spread over the cookie sheet into one gooey mess. I kept adding flour, hoping it would stiffen them, only to have them run more. When she came home she couldn't believe i had ruined a perfectly good cookie recipe. She asked what I used; i proceeded to point out all of the ingredients and she began laughing as i pointed to her tupperware container of *flour*. It wasn't flour that i was using, it was powdered sugar... *g*.