I am a 23 year old woman. I don't have a great desire to be a master chef but I want to have some basics. I want to have some knowledge. And I want to expand my horizons. My cooking background has been from a box in th efreezer. While I may use that often to simplify a recipe Id really like to be able to make something of it. Dont want to be a chef but being a decent cook is a high priority
My favorite things to cook
I like to bake cakes using fancy cake pans (pirate ships, castles). But I am also growing into loving to make a dinner people enjoy. Chicken and ground beef are amongst my most common uses.
My favorite family cooking traditions
A lot of our cooking is from a freezer box. My mother is a very good baker and usually bakes christmas gifts for the family.Her specialty is Zucchini bread. It is amazing. My father is pretty much just hungry.
My cooking triumphs
My favorite meal I have made is a Spaghetti Pie. Its simple but delicious. I found the recipe in a book that my friends grandmother left at work. The picture looked good so I snagged the recipe and told my family "IM COOKING TONIGHT" They stood aside slightly scared, partially on the account that I never cook nor want to cook and partially that Spaghetti Pie sounds so strange. My first one ever came out perfectly. It boosted my confidence and made me want to do so much more.
My cooking tragedies
Our oven is old. Older than I am. It has its own time and temperature guidelines. In general we assume it will always take at least 5 minutes longer than its supposed to. the problem is its only a guess and check. And while my family doesnt mind cookies on the darker side I prefer them light. But it happens. Also my first attempt at baking red velvet rose cakes (shaped like a rose) I was afraid of adding too much flour to the pain and ended up unable to remove them. They slightly resembled roses.. but not much. Angelfood cake disagrees with me as well.