Although I've been cooking since I was a child, I only discovered my passion for food and cooking in the last few years. Now I love challenging myself in the kitchen so that I can grow as a cook even more. Successfully learning to incorporate new ingredients that I've never used before, remaking leftovers into new delicious meals, and converting fattening comfort foods into healthier alternative recipes make me very happy. Thus far it has been one very tasty journey, and one I have no plans to conclude anytime soon.
We are all eating healthier these days, but always looking for recipes that have the whole package: taste, presentation, and nutrition.
My favorite things to cook
I don't think I have a favorite. My go to meals are usually Asian or Mexican, depending on my mood, but I adore trying new cuisines and foods I've never tried before. Whichever direction I take, my absolute favorite creation will always be one I make from leftovers. I despise throwing food out, but also hate leftovers so when I think I can transform them into something spectacular, I usually give it a go. Once before, I served breakfast for four out of a leftover beef fajita taco & about a cup of Spanish rice. I made them into a great scramble with a few eggs, fresh cilantro, and onion and served it with toast and some orange wedges. Everybody loved the meal and thought I'd slaved for hours. I love that!
My favorite family cooking traditions
The traditions that really come to mind are the holiday ones. As far back as I can remember, we've always made homemade pies at Christmas and a special stuffing recipe that was handed down at least four generations ago. The one tradition that I've broken is that the cooks in my family are incessant measurers. I no longer do except when baking pastries, preferring to follow my instincts and taste buds instead.
My cooking triumphs
I've had lots that I was proud of, but one that stands out is the first time I made Vietnamese spring rolls. The rice wrappers are very delicate, but my first batch looked and tasted as good as the restaurant where I first tried them.
My cooking tragedies
Honestly I can't think of many because I'm usually able to turn near misses into something edible. I do remember throwing out some baked fish fillets that turned to mush and some rather flat Yorkshire pudding, though.