I am a busy student teacher, a newlywed, and a part-time waitress. This combination of occupations has made me someone who likes to cook food that is quick, within my budget, and of course, up to par with the cooking techniques and flavors I have learned about while working in the restaurant industry. Since I am Filipina-American, my personal favorite style of food is American food, yet I am constantly experimenting with food that caters to the tastes of both my American friends and filipino family.
My favorite things to cook
lumpia, different types of salads, PASTA AND ITALIAN FOOD (most of which I have learned to make from the Italian restaurants in which I work), aesthetically-pleasing dishes that are also pleasing to the tummy!
My favorite family cooking traditions
of course filipino food, except that we omit lots of the "weird" things that could turn off our American-born friends and family members.
My cooking triumphs
Chinese chicken salad, beef and chestnut lumpia, strawberry cheesecake pie, spinach dip, sinigang (filipino soup), pesto alfredo with salmon, arrabiata sauce, chicken and spinach lasagna, creamy chicken enchiladas,lemon baked chicken etc. These are all things that people usually request from me and I'm darn proud of it! I look foward to adding more to my repetoire =). hehe.
My cooking tragedies
lemon meringue pie (just turned out disgusting)and I've hated it ever since.
One time I tried to pre-make lumpia and they got stuck to each other after I froze them and I was unable to even pull them apart without tearing them! It was a waste of time and money and we ended up having to get store-bought ones for the party.
-when i made kabobs for a party, I ended up over-marinating it! I didn't know it was possible to over-marinate. boy was i wrong. It ended up making all that meat the texture of playdough! ugh!
-too many to name...but then again you learn from your mistakes =)