I'm a 39yo SAHM to a girl (born February 2010) and a boy (April 2011) and, unfortunately, no longer have as much time in the kitchen as I would like. When I'm not taking care of the tots, I enjoy reading, foodblogs, needlepoint, movies, politics, and generally faffing around. I am also kept busy by our guinea hens, chickens, and everything else that comes with running an 8 acre hobby farm.
My favorite things to cook
When I have the time, I love trying recipes from each and every part of the world, especially Indian, Thai, Vietnamese and Mexican dishes. But I also love traditional Mid-west/Southern cooking, and also good old-fashioned traditional-English-fare-I-grew-up-with (and English food is NOT the boring muck that the stereotypes would have you believe). Unfortunately, I currently seem to be stuck in a bit of a culinary rut - there are about 15 dishes I seem to make with alarming regularity.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mum – who, like her mother, is an awesome cook - and I have never been especially close, and she never wanted any help in the kitchen, nor did she express the slightest interest in teaching me any recipes. Sure, we had lots of cooking traditions – namely birthdays, Christmas, Boxing Day, Shrove Tuesday, Easter etc - but they were always her thing, and my only contribution was to eat what was put in front of me. Sad, huh? I have, however, continued some family traditions here in the US, and I cannot wait to teach my children the old family favorites.
My cooking triumphs
I consider it a triumph any time I make something that is delicious – it doesn't matter if it is quick and simple, or gourmet! Nothing beats the feeling of seeing your cooking enjoyed and appreciated. I am also immensely proud when Husband brags about my cooking to other people :)
My cooking tragedies
I can finally say that my cooking tragedies are pretty much a thing of the past. Every now and again I'll make something that won't even make it to the table, but, thankfully, it doesn't happen often.