I am a stay at home wife. I come from a large family and most of the women in my family are cooks. Food has always been a huge part of our family culture, sharing and cooking with each other from very early ages. I am the experimental cook with in my family. I enjoy all kinds of food from all around the world. Most of the rest of my family run along the meat and potatoes line. I tend to take after my mothers oldest sister, we both like different kinds of food and we don't like to eat a lot of meat. I was diagnosed with celiac disease a couple years ago which has really revamped my kitchen and how I cook. Nothing seems to be as easy as it once was, however I enjoy the challenge. My favorite thing is to make something GF and bring it to a family get together, people have to guess which one is the GF dish, rarely do they guess right so I think I might be on track! Since I have been diagnosed with Ceilac over 1/2 my immediate family has been diagnosed with a GF intolerance.
My favorite things to cook
I have to confess I like to bake even if it's not all that good for me and my waistline. I really enjoy making sweets, cookies, candies, cakes, pies...it's a problem!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I remember being barely able to walk and standing on a chair over the oven stirring a pot while my mom instructed me 'Don't stop stirring, we don't want it to burn!' This tradition of mother teaching daughter to cook has gone on for a long time in my family. Now with no children of my own my nieces often come over to cook with me. Nothing much has changed in 30 years, my nieces stand on chairs next to the oven the same way I use too with my aunt and my mother, while I tell them 'Don't stop stirring!' My older nieces 11 and 9 now can both prepare full meals with little to no supervision.
My cooking triumphs
The sad truth is when I finish a recipe I will rarely make it again. After I deem it complete it kind of looses it's flavor for me, frankly bores me so I just leave it alone. I don't really have a lot triumphs so to speak. However if I had to name one thing that made me feel really proud it would be this. I apprenticed under a very good chief for a year, and I had never made a souffle before. It was about 3 weeks after I started I got called in to work the line (which I had never done, was a morning prep and dessert cook). It was hectically busy. And it was a souffle night, no one seemed to be able to get a decent souffle out. I had never made a souffle before when the head chief pretty much threw the recipe at me and said 'get it done.' I was a little nervous to say the least. However I did and handed him the results. He asked me three times if I had made it and told me it was as good as his. They switched my shift to nights and I made a lot of souffles after that!
My cooking tragedies
My bread stone. I still get upset thinking about this one. As I mentioned I was diagnosed with celiac. Well one of things I had to do was go through my kitchen and get rid of anything I couldn't run through a dishwasher along with everything that had gluten in it. I took going GF rather well until that day. I had a baking stone for 7 years, and it was seasoned to perfections, I made cookies, bread, pizza so many things on that stone. It was truly my favorite thing in my kitchen. You avoid washing stones and you should never put one in the dishwasher. I had to part with my baking stone. When I came to that conclusion, I just started crying and I couldn't stop. My mom spent over and hour trying to sooth me over the phone I was pretty much inconsolable. My mother is the current owner of my previous baking stones. She also bought me three new ones for Christmas that year, because she felt so bad...they are still not quite seasoned yet.