I'm American & happily married to a British man. I've lived in Scotland for 15 years & love it here! I'm am studying for a degree in Graphic Design. I'm wheelchair bound due to a slip & fall on the ice, which damaged my spine but that does not stop me doing most things. I am lucky enough to travel all over the world & consider myself to be very blessed.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy cooking most things but my favourite things are the hearty meals that I grew up with. I enjoy canning & have many secret family recipes. I've had to learn to create American food with a British twist as not all American ingredients are available in Scotland. I love trying new foods & learning new recipes. When we travel, we look for new dishes/recipes/foods to try & bring back those that we've enjoyed.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love the baking & canning in the run up to Christmas to share with friends & family - seeing how excited folks get over the goodies makes the work involved worthwhile. My father was an avid veg gardener & so cooking with the fresh veg within minutes of being picked is something I still enjoy. I also carry on the family tradition of teaching children to enjoy cooking.
My cooking triumphs
I've won first prize in cooking competitions with my Mom's Apple Pie recipe & my Great Grandmother's Green Mountain Chutney recipe which the family used for the (vegetarian) mincemeat pie filling but it's great with cold meats, picnic food, bubble & squeek, etc. I also won first place with my chocolate, marscapone and raspberry torte. I've also won 2nd place for my New England Baked Beans, my Pumpkin pie & my fresh cranberry/orange relish. But the thing I'm most proud of is my spaghetti sauce, I made it for a friend one evening & let her have the left overs. My friend shared it with her Italian Mama the next day, who proclaimed it one of the best she'd ever had & insisted that I must have Italian ancestry (which I don't).
My cooking tragedies
While I hate to admit it, I've had a few cooking tragedies. I tried to make ribbon candy for Christmas one year & it was beyond a tragedy. It was so bad that I was forbidden to try it again in my Parents' house, so have never attempted to make it again =D
My other major tragedy was attempting to make my Father's peanut butter fudge. It was grainy and rock hard. Thankfully I have since learned how to make it properly lol but for a few years I was afraid of the double boiler!
There have also been a lot of burnt offerings where I lost track of time.