I cook just for me, and sometimes for church suppers, potlucks, etc. I'm better at baking than cooking, but I shouldn't eat so many baked things. I like Eating Well magazine and studying nutrition and incorporating fresh and healthy ingredients, and using foods that are good for you (antioxidant, polyphenols, cancer fighting, etc). I am a rower and try to eat like an athlete...fuel my body right...but I gotta admit I like the junky stuff too!
My favorite things to cook
Baking anything! Cakes, pies, cookies, bars, puddings or custards in the oven, muffins, bread (using a machine, baked in the machine or shaped and finished by hand and baked in the oven).
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother was English and a good cook. We used to put on a Boxing Day Tea the day after Christmas, featuring English goodies, and have all our English friends over. Everyone's moved away, so we don't do this any more. I miss it! Sausage rolls, ham and egg pie, mincemeat pies, etc.
My cooking triumphs
Triumphs? Overstated. Any time I can make something for a church supper or potluck and people actually eat and like it, I'm happy. Once I spent all Saturday cooking for Sunday dinner on the grounds after Mass, and I did almost all the food...and people liked everything, and it was all gone. That was a particular triumph for me. Also, as a thyroid cancer patient, I was able to follow and eat well on a low iodine diet while I was severely, clinically hypothyroid, and I did it! I was properly iodine depleted when it came time for treatment.
My cooking tragedies
I can't make a dinner and have everything done all at the same time, how do people do that?! So I don't entertain. Once I made a blueberry muffin cake from the Cake Doctor book, and put too much batter in a special shaped loaf pan, and it oozed all over my oven. I was too lazy to clean the oven for a few years. Ah well, I stopped baking for a while and lost weight! We'll skip mentioning the oops baking powder not soda mistakes. Doesn't everyone do that every once in a while?