My mother is Italian and my father is Trinidadian, so I grew up with good food from a variety of different ethnicities. As a photographer by trade, I enjoy all things artistic...which is why I enjoy cooking so much.
My favorite things to cook
I'm not afraid to try anything. Because of my busy schedule, quick-and-easy cooking has involuntarily become my most common cooking method, but when I have the time, I enjoy a challenge.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Nonna (grandmother) is an excellent cook of all things Italian. Because I grew up so close to the Italian side of my family, most of what I ate growing up was Italian food. Although I enjoy it very much, for me its more enjoyable as an occasional night out to a restaurant, or a family gathering. My grandmother on my father's side is also an excellent cook, but because she lives in Trinidad I don't talk to her often enough to get her recipes.
My cooking triumphs
Since I started cooking when I was 8 years old, i've been working on a tomato based recipe that works well with all kinds of meat, but best with chicken thighs. I'm very close to perfecting it, and when I do, it will be put on this site for all to enjoy.
My cooking tragedies
When I was in college I tried to cook deep-fried chicken. Because it was one of the first times using that stove, I was not aware that it heated up much hotter than the one I was used to at my father's house. When I put the chicken in, it went from raw to completely black in about seven seconds, and stank up the whole house the way poorly cooked deep-fried food does. A funny story looking back. Live and learn.