I am a United Nations staff member currently working in Ivory Coast. My prior assignments include; Iraq, Central African Republic, Somalia, Angola, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Cambodia, East Timor, Kenya and the Netherlands.
My favorite things to cook
Stir fries of all sorts, tuna casserole, beef stew, chicken salad, pasta dishes. The list of available foods is sometimes limited due to the conditions in some of the countries where I have worked. There is often a very limited choice of vegetables, mostly canned. Meats are often imported and very expensive. Local meats and veg are available, but must be well cooked due to local bacteria. Water must be boiled or out of a bottle. So, we make do with what is available.
My favorite family cooking traditions
No real family traditions. My mother was a career woman and a terrible cook, she hated the kitchen. I learned to cook basic recipes out of necessity. My father's favorite meal was London broil with mashed potatoes, so she wasn't cooking for picky eaters.
My cooking triumphs
None to speak of as of yet. I aspire to one day be able to host my own dinner party, but honestly I need much more practice.
My cooking tragedies
Again, none to speak of. I have mucked up mashed potatoes once or twice. I've also made a mess out of the odd baking recipe, so I've been sticking to store-bought mixes and canned icings.