I'm a 24 yr old east Indian masters's student in engineering. I know, I know - you might ask whats an engineer doing cooking. Well I love it. Mind you I don't like cooking routine stuff. You ask me to cook everyday and I'll balk at it. But I love to experiment. Sometimes when the stress of studying is too much and I'm tired of eating the same old thing, I like to play with ingredients that I have at home and see what I can turn up. So most of the stuff I do is very amateurish. I just try and put the tastes together and see how it works. Oh I have one weakness... uh its not a weakness actually... it's more a lack of sense of proportion when it comes to spice... I can never put in the right amount of spice. I always end up putting more to my utter despair. So sometimes I have to work on my recipes a few times till I have brought the spice level to a tolerable level.
My favorite things to cook
I love experimenting with meats. Especially chicken. I love the way you can put anything into chicken (the right way of course) and it still comes out great. I also love baking. Though I don't experiment much with it. I stick to proven recipes. And I don't try them that often since I always have to check my weight.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom is the greatest cook I know. The only one who beats her is my grandmom. Actually both my grandmoms are great cooks, though both have slightly different styles of cooking. I picked up my love for experimenting with food from mom though. She has this old book (kinda like a scrapbook), where she jots down recipes or just stuffs newspaper recipe cutouts in between pages, and it just keeps getting thicker and thicker every year. So every year, when there is a family get together, or a festival or just some random holiday, me, my mom and sister decide to cook something special and we dig through my mom's recipe "book" or even a recipe that she or my grandmom remembers and we would make it a women-of-the-family-cooking-together event. Which is so much fun and not at all the case of too many cooks spoiling the broth. With the amount of inputs and arguments, we come up with something great every year.