I am an Australian- American who loves horses, hiking, skiing, travel, and trying food from all over the world. I just graduated from the University of Washington Seattle with a degree in International Studies, Middle Eastern focus. I am excited to take a few years to travel around the world and try new flavors and tastes.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking ethnic food. From my travels I have learned how to cook French, Middle Eastern, and Mexican, though I love classic dishes from home too. As a vegetarian I am always looking for new veggie foods. My favorite is baking desserts- cakes, cookies, and muffins. One of my cooking goals is to learn how to make different types of bread, which I hope to master this summer.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Most of my family's cooking traditions are about food during Christmas time. I have a diverse family, and during Christmas we cook a variety of dishes from all over the world, but we always have tamales, pavlova, and homemade English toffee.
My cooking triumphs
My greatest cooking triumph was during a study abroad to Morocco. After a few months I was itching for a burrito, which was impossible to find. I only had one knife, a cutting board, and an open flame stove. After an exhausting afternoon in the local market tracking down all the ingredients for tortillas, guacamole, and filling- which really put my Arabic to the test- I started making my burritos. Surprisingly the tortillas turned out well, if a little crunchy, and the fresh vegetables made the guacamole and filling delicious. I felt so triumphant making scrumptious burritos from scratch despite my lack of cooking utensils.
My cooking tragedies
My greatest cooking tragedy was attempting to make chocolate mousse with my dad. We wanted to make nice high quality mousse as a thank you to some friends, so we decided that the most complicated recipe we could find would clearly be the best one to use. Half way through we were doing ok, but then the recipe called for a cup of coffee, and in our inexperience we added a cup of coffee grounds, not actual coffee. We thought everything was ok until we tasted it and realized that the coffee grounds had completely messed up the texture- it was horrible and grainy. We had to start all over to make a good batch of chocolate mousse for our friends, but I learned my lesson about coffee v coffee grounds.