I am a teenage chef with big dreams and and a jumbo spatula. Yes, jumbo. I love to cook, bake, grill, blenderized, sautee, bake, eat, fry, bake...oh, I said that, like, 3 times... well, I adore baking above all else, except maybe wathcing peopel enjoy my almost-gourmet-dishes and cakes, I am blessed with aprofessional cake-decorator in my family, and a father and sister who will eat anything and smile. My greatest triumphs were academic and culinary, as were my greatest failures (see below). I have strange food allergies, so I have to be really careful about what foods I buy, and it's often just easier to make it myself, and definately more fun! I'm not great yet, I don't know how to use half of the spices that I throw into my dishes with happy abandon, and I still can't level a cake properly, but I'm getting there, even if I have to go through a dozen cakes and pies, I will master the art of cooking!
My favorite things to cook
I Just love love LOVE cakes! But not just cakes, but baking in general. Cakes especially because i love every bit of the production, from measuring, tweaking, baking, leveling, DECORATING, and, finally, enjoying, and watching others enjoy the product!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My father got me addicted to watchign old 'Iron Chef" videos, not the american ones, which are rather sad, but the Japanese ones, which are amazing. every episode, they cooked with a theme ingredient, whether that was anglerfish or cabbage, the Iron Chef and the Challenger chef each had and hour (in the case of anglerfish, an hour and 15 minutes), an army of assistant chefs, amazing cook ware and machines, and any ingredient they could think of, to create dishes that would best show off, or, in some cases, complement, the flavors of the theme ingredient, which had to be in all of their dishes. after wathcing one or two, I would be inspired, whip up a bunch of really good food, and present it beautifully, successfully dirtying every plate we owned once, and say "Iron Chef French, Hyruki Sakai presents his final dish,..." and we would all laugh, and they would score me.
My cooking triumphs
My very first cake. Carrot cake, I believe, the first cake I ever made and decorated entirely from scratch, and it was beautiful. I went a bit wild with the decorations, so my mother's extra-big grim may have been from laughter, but I thought it was a more precious and amazing achievement than climbing Mt. Everest. Surprisingly, having people eat it and enjoy it was not the sad experience I had thought it might be, but it made me happier to see them all enjoying it, even if it was a bit dry and the frosting a bit too sweet. I have, since then, created cakes that my aunt said she would be proud to call her own( professional cake baker and decorator) but my very first still stands as my greatest cooking achievement. maybe once I master the art of grilling a perfect steak, or rolling a perfect sushi, or get a blow torch to master the crem brulee, or soem other dessert I've been dreaming of, I'll change this, but, until then, my very first takes the cake.
My cooking tragedies
Ah, I was about 6 or 7 years old, and I wanted to make my mother's chocolate chip cookies, but she was out at the time. I figured I'd surprise her with warm, chewy, chocolatey goodness when she got home, and so I grabbed the recipe, and started mixing and beating and making a mess worthy of Taz, and, in the midst of my cloud of euphoric chaos, I decided to double the recipe. Did I mention chaos? Yeah, and I wasn't very good at math yet, in my head especially, so I forgot to double the flour, and accidentally quadrupled the salt. They were just TERRIBLE!!! but, sait of a mother that I have, when she came home and found me standing proudly in the middle of her not so clean kitchen floor, holding a hot sheet of gloopy, salty cookies, she smiled, and ate two.