I'm a 26 year old Buddhist living in New Jersey with my husband who is a Air Force Vet. I'm currently a housewife, hopefully soon to be mother! He is a Security Guard. We love playing video games, reading, Yoga, Zumba, and meditation.
My favorite things to cook
I'm mostly experienced in Japanese cuisine. I've been studying Japanese cuisine extensively as my goal was to study abroad, but it never came to pass, but the cuisine and language have come into play in my everyday life :) I enjoy making Kakuni, Gyudon, Oyakudon, Tebasaki. I also enjoy cooking Korean food (Japanese foods' spicy cousin :) ). Some of those dishes are: Bulgogi, Galbi, yangmyum tongdak, and Gae Ran Jjim.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Family cooking traditions, I'm fairly new to this. I married into a Hispanic family so I've been learning to cook with new ingredients. I'm from the west coast where seafood is abundant (I lived in a water-side city near Seattle). Now, I live in a Hispanic city with all different ingredients and a lack of seafood! Oh no! It's okay though :) I like adapting. I've been learning the family traditions using lots of chicken and sofrito in everything!
My personal family can't cook to save their lives, I'm the black sheep cook :)
My cooking triumphs
My first time making Kakuni with Coca-Cola instead of Dashi. Oh goodness was that taste-y Mmmmm. Just have to remember the Otoshi-Buta (Drop-Lid) or the pork belly gets mushy and falls apart.
My cooking tragedies
My first time making the transition from Japanese style rice cooking into doing a Spanish style (specifically Puerto-Rican) Oh man did I fail.
It tasted like dried burnt rice in tomato paste ... i didn't use tomato paste.
But I've learned. Now I'm pro :)
My In-Law family is Puerto-Rican on one side, and Peruvian on the other.
So the Peruvian fail is yet to come when I give that a shot. I find the Puerto-Rican style easier to cook!