I'm a "newlywed" with 2 biological children and 4 stepchildren. I'm also employed as a Postal Worker for Canada Post part-time. My husband loves good food and was raised by parents from Morroco and France, so I'm learning new dishes all the time! I love cooking for my family of 8 and especially like seeing their faces when fresh bread or cookies come out of the oven. To add to our chaos, we recently adopted two little dogs into our crazy household. We have a mini schnauzer named Jade and a mixed Bichon/Tibetan Spaniel named Coco. Needless to say we have a very busy life but we try very hard to sit down and have at least one family meal together each day!
My favorite things to cook
I love baking and am mastering the art of french bread and baquettes without the help of the breadmachine. I also love grilling outdoors in the summer and making treats for my family during the holidays.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas eve we always have a huge variety of snack type foods. We feast on homemade dips, fresh veggies, cheeseball and crackers, smoked and raw oysters, sauteed mussels and shrimp, french bread, kalamata olives, patee, Brie, and then theres the main course of Roast Lamb and Roast Turkey. We cook all day but the family loves it all and has so much fun together that it's well worth all the hard work.
My cooking triumphs
I recently cooked the entire Thanksgiving meal including stuffing, turkey, sweet potatoes, homemade french bread and homemade apple and pumpkin pie. We invited my parents and my husbands father and stepmother over and everyone was impressed with our meal and the compliments felt really good considering it was my first offical Thanksgiving Dinner all on my own!
My cooking tragedies
When it was first married and only 20 years old, I decided to make rice krispie squares, not a hard task you might think! But unexperienced and unaware of the melting capabilities of rubber, I stirred the melting marshmellows with a rubber spatula. Not a good plan! The rubber from the spatula melting right along with the marshmellows so that I ended up with only a wooden stick and no rubber spatula! When the rice krispie squares cooled, the melted rubber hardened and the resulting squares tasted more like rocks than the sweet treats I had intended. Lesson learned!!