I am __ years old, Canadian born and I am blended with strong religious and cultural influences in my cooking. I am a confirmed and happy housewife (was married in Morocco and hold permanent residency). I love to cook/experiment in the kitchen, read books (huge historical bookworm),LOVE TO TRAVEL (best way to learn about a country/culture is to experience it first-hand) shopping, go to the spa/hammam and most anything that I can do with my family -- "blended" barbecues (2-3 families), hikes et cetera.
My favorite things to cook
Being muslim, I do not cook with pork or alcohol. I substitute pork usually with veal.
I love to cook foods from different cultures -- Ukrainian, Moroccan, Italian, Polish, Greek, German, Russian, Lebanese, Afghani etc. and I am always on the look out for new recipes.
To be more specific I love picking a new recipe from this website and trying it out. If it is a success with the family I add it to my cookbook.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I am Ukrainian by blood and I married a Moroccan man so I enjoy cooking dishes from both cultures and infusing them together.
Food is a big deal in both cultures and at family functions, you can usually find the men (in both cultures) in front of the tv watching a football(soccer) game and the women in the kitchen cooking, sharing tips on cooking/children/marriage and gossiping (heehee)
My cooking triumphs
1.) Making a 12 course traditional, meatless Ukrainian meal on my own at age 16. Mom was very sick, we had company so I stepped up to the plate (so to speak) and everybody raved! It really made mom proud!!
2.)Making seafood briouats (Moroccan) all on my own and them turning out perfect. Hubby thought his mom had made them! Was a big surprise there for him!!
My cooking tragedies
When I first started cooking, I was making pancakes and I mistakenly put baking soda instead of baking powder. I will never make that mistake again!!!