Im a hunter-gatherer-forager-farmer-woodswoman maniac.
My favorite things to cook
Anything using fresh wild foods.
Scandinavian & Celtic/Irish foods.
Authentic Indian cuisine.
Specifially, I enjoy cooking soups, stir frys, meats, and vegetables. I am also a big fan of concocting tasty beverages, baking breads & making desserts.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family grew up on a small farm in the middle of 100s of acres of woods. Naturally, we had a lot available to us when it came to cooking ingredients. Anything you could get out of a home garden was on our plates nearly 3/4 of the year, and my grandmother taught me how to use the surplus in canning recipes as to not waste anything. Living in the woods has its benefits too. My father is an avid hunter and would bring home fresh venison often after a long day's hunt. He taught me the basics of wild food foraging on the farm and in the woods, which has led me to become an avid forager today, as well as add the the number of ingredients I have available to me, such as ferns, wild mushrooms, wild roots, and many species of plants and flowers etc.
My cooking triumphs
I once made a stir fry that had nearly 100% of the main ingredients were wild foraged by myself or grown in my own garden. The only exception was the chicken which I bought from a nearby farm that specializes in organic chicken.
It was a veggie stir fry consisting of fiddlehead ferns, morel mushrooms, shaggymane mushrooms, garlic mustard greens & flowers, chives, ramp (wild onion) bulbs and leaves, carrot, wild parsnip, fresh chicken.
Was the best stir fry I ever ate and I plan to make it every spring when fiddleheads & morels are in season!
My cooking tragedies
I once made a chocolate cake that was a cooking fiasco. It was also my first time baking. I was probably only 11 years old at the time haha. I burned nearly 2/3 of the cake. the house reeked of burnt cake for a whole day, and the cake pan was ruined.