Hi I am now a pensioner, but retired early following an accident. I have been happily (most of the time) married for 43 and 1/2 years. We have 3 grown up sons, who have flown the nest. Now we have time to indulge in the hobbies that we never had time for whilst bringing up our family. We are both radio amateur hams, but the DH is more interested than I am. We have had couple of holidays per year for the last 10 years, but due to the financial situation, we will probably cut back to only one.
I have one older sister and our Mother is 94 years old and on occasions she can leave me in her smoke trail. I have two grandchildren one of each who I love very much, but little and often - being able to say home-time kids, is nice. We are not over-the-top Grandparents. We spent enough time bringing up our boys.
My favorite things to cook
We live in and old country cottage and have many different varieties of apple trees and grow our own soft fruits, potatoes, beans, peas etc. So my favourite items to cook are Jams, Jellies and cordials, with the produce we grow, I am always experimenting with flavours.
I make all my own bread, once again I enjoy experimenting.
We are quite adventurous in eating, but my DH doesn't eat Mussels or Tripe. The only dislike I have is Oysters, I just can't get them over my throat.
I make a pretty good Paella (we love anything Spanish), but I can't share the recipe with you as something else is added on each occasion I make it. I don't use rabbit, we can see them from our windows.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas Dinner for the whole family - hard work, but gives a great sense of fulfilment, when they all collapse on the sofas in front of a roaring coal fire.
My cooking triumphs
Too many - mostly self styled breads As said in family cooking traditions. I just love when the family enjoy my food.
My cooking tragedies
My first attempt at bread making - weighed about 6 lbs instead of 1 1/2. I didn't initially appreciate how important liquid temperatures were. Temperatures here in our corner of Scotland are not conducive to bread making, I use the top of the tropical fish tank, plus seed heated pads to prove my loaves.