For years I disliked cooking. I'd do it, but tended toward the same-old-same-old -- tasty enough, but uncreative and eventually dull. Some years ago, I started getting a flair for the unexpected in my cooking (I was an art student, so creative cooking was bound to happen eventually!). Now I have a blast searching for new and unusual recipes, and I have two kids to do the "boring" parts in preparation. *yea*
My favorite things to cook
Turkey. Easy, aromatic, and yummy. Also enjoy making sauces - all kinds. I'm a sauce kind of gal!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas egg soufflé. My mum's recipe (probably originating with my grandmum). One of these days I'll post it on here. -- Also, it's not a tradition in *my* house yet, but one of these days I'm going to start baking my mum's apple pie. Absolutely the best I've ever had, and was fun to help with (maybe because I liked to eat it so much?!). -- And, my mum used to make THE BEST cake donuts - so fun to cut the dough when I was a kid. It's another thing I wouldn't mind attempting. (All the fun things I enjoyed to "cook" as a child involved baking!)
My cooking triumphs
I once had a pork roast that I didn't feel like cooking in the same old way. I dug around in the cupboards and found some things I thought might make an interesting combination. "Spiced" it with cayenne, black pepper, and of course garlic (- probably some others, but I was making it up as I went along), then I basted it with pear juice for an hour or so. My hubby the "food snob" loved it! Guess what?! This initial experiment began my desire to creatively cook!
My cooking tragedies
I once accidentally used baking powder instead of baking soda in a chocolate chip cookie recipe. Oi!!