I started spending serious time in the kitchen when I was 8, and I've been hooked ever since! I am currently studying molecular biology and physics in college and cook for my summer research-mates all the time.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Making brownies with my sisters and making Christmas breakfast annually for the entire family.
My cooking triumphs
I guess I'm usually most triumphant about things that I cook for people that originate from me just pooling all the stuff we have and whipping up something. I don't necessarily know what's for dinner when I start but so far it's always ended really well, and deliciously.
My cooking tragedies
Well.. nothing really serious to report here! I did have quite some trouble with my first candies, though. I'm still not very adept at that. Oh, but the first spongecake I made was a disaster! -_-; But I studied what I did incorrectly and even wrote a paper about baking spongecakes for my math class. ^_^ I'm much better at baking them now, and I make my Dad one for his birthday every year.