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Home Town: Tucson, Arizona, USA
Living In: Malaga, Andalucia, Spain
Member Since: Jul. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Dessert
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I'm married to an Egyptian and living in Spain with our son and daughter. We lived for 5 years in Cyprus before that. When my husband-to-be and I first got together, he was slightly sad to hear that I didn't know how to cook (except baked goods) and didn't have any interest in learning. He was already quite an experienced cook. It took me a couple years, but now I'm the main cook/ shopper/ menu planner for a 20 person camp, three months each year on a daily basis. I've come a long way, thanks in big part to My husband is pleased that I put so much effort into learning and I actually enjoy it now. We joke that he is addicted to internet soccer and I am addicted to internet recipes.
My favorite things to cook
Cakes, cookies, breads, Indian, stir-fry, pasta... I wish I could say I'm good at making Mexican food since I love it so much, but it always turns out tasting Americanized (nothing wrong with Tex-Mex, but it's not Mexican!).
My favorite family cooking traditions
BBQ outside on the deck for Christmas in the warm Arizona weather, Monster Pancake for every birthday since my childhood, quesadillas for afternoon snacks, cinnamon raisin swirl bread (my dad's specialty), mac-and-cheese from the box (actually preferred by us kids over my mom's homemade--silly kids), cranberry muffins, BBQed shish-kebabs assembled by all 6 of us...
My cooking triumphs
I am not a gourmet cook and never will be, but I appreciate any food that tastes good, especially if a lot of effort went into it, as with most ethnic food. I have been especially pleased (after lots of practice) with my versions of beef tagine with prunes and almonds, chicken biryani, and doro wat stew. I especially like to make them with the local ethnic bread, which takes extra effort and practice but is sooo worth it. A Moroccan, Indian, and Ethiopian tasting those dishes might say it is not exactly like their mother's (for sure lacking some chili!), but isn't that how it goes even inside the US?!
My cooking tragedies
Honestly, I am terrible at any doughnut or candy recipe, with almost no exception. Also homemade ketchup was such a flop that I will NEVER be trying it again!
Recipe Reviews 127 reviews
Moroccan Fig Pork Roast
This looks delicious, however should not include "Moroccan" in the name, as Morocco is a Muslim country where the general population doesn't eat pork. If you were to find an individual Moroccan family who ate pork, they would be the exception, but definitely not representing the culture as a whole. We live in Spain, as my husband's work sends him frequently to Morocco and we have many, many Moroccan friends and acquaintances. Sometimes it's good to use a little bit of discretion as we advertise dishes as being "ethnic" or "authentic" from a particular country--in order to avoid confusing others at the very least. Still, it looks delicious and would love to try it some time!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 5, 2014
Apple Pie by Grandma Ople
Delicious with the addition of cinnamon

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 13, 2013
Creamed Hard Boiled Eggs
Yummy, but very rich.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 13, 2013

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