keeping to the cooking theme, I grew up wanting a wood cook stove like my aunt and baking pies in it. Food has been a big part of my world as it was a cheap way to experience cultures as I traveled. I ate fish loaf (don't know what it's called - it was like gefilta fish ) in Norway, toasted grasshopper in Thailand, fish eyeballs in Sri Lanka, falafel through the middle east.
I learned creativity by making meals from free stuff left behind in hostels, dated sale items at grocery stores and some times what I gathered along the way, like picking coconuts for breakfast in Tahiti or putting wild mint in my lentils and rice while I was hiking on the Appalachian Trail. I love adventure of all sort, now I'm trying to bring it to the kitchen.
My favorite things to cook
making up salad combos, quiche,deviled eggs, tabbouleh,
My favorite family cooking traditions
chili tacos. Mom would make the chili, start with corn chips and cheese in a bowl and then add on whatever chopped ingredients you want. Olives, green peppers, onions, sour cream, tomatoes. . .I can't even remember all she had
My cooking triumphs
making a pie crust for the second time from memory. I got compliments on it and the quiche was DELICIOUS. I was raised believing that pie crust from scratch is the impossible. I'm on top of the world any time I make a crust and think of overcoming limiting beliefs.
My cooking tragedies
does leaving your boots in the oven too long count? I miss my boots.