My favorite family cooking traditions
My background is French Québécois from Montréal and we have some interesting mixed traditions when it comes to cooking. What sticks out the most is our Holiday cooking; tourtière (meat pie), ragoût (meat balls with pork hocks in a dark gravy sauce), creton (like a pâté spread on toast with mustard), tarte au sucre (sugar pie)and sucre à la crème (sugar squares). Each year, I make sure to cook some so I can feel closer to my family who are still living in Québec.
My cooking tragedies
Oh Boy! I do have a good one. When I was at University, I wanted to make my own icing, to be precise it was Coffee Icing on a nice moist dark chocolate cake. The recipe asked for 1 cup of coffee well... I did as it said. I poured instant coffee crystals in a cup instead of making a cup of instant coffee with water. After a couple hours working on it, I finally gave up and went to the grocery store and simply bought premade icing. Back then, there was no "Cooking for Dummies" and if there was, I would probably got myself a copy. Good thing those tragedies help you to improve!!!