I'm an automotive consultant in Los Angeles, and a complete Tomboy other than my love of baking, cooking, interior design, dresses and my high heel collection...which I display in bookcases in my living room ( too pretty to hide them) lol...I'm approaching Imelda Marcos status here...I was born in New Zealand, and have traveled allover the World.I have lived in Japan, New Zealand, Colorado, Texas and California. My family is scattered everywhere on every Continent. I cook for relaxation....my life is pretty stressful...and dealing with large auto manufactures can be very frustrating and out of my control...so I like to come home and play with ingredients , and see something wonderful emerge before my eyes. I also love having dinner parties, and pleasing my friends with unexpected recipes.
My favorite things to cook
I love to Bake...I take my clients cookies and the like all the time...I also love anything with potatoes in it...I'm a meat and potato kind of girl...so I love roasted meats...Asian food is another favorite, I go for the authentic stuff like Chickens feet and Chow Fun.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Mother is a wonderful cook and always enjoyed entertaining...so I must have got the cooking bug from her. I started baking at the age of 4, used to make Dad cakes. Poor Dad I put everything I could find in them...with the idea that more is better...pepper, salt, honey and ketchup cakes....that he would claim to eat after I went to sleep...lol...we all know they went in the trash.
My cooking triumphs
Cookies...I have all kinds of recipes..I just play around with and test on my clients. Everyone always loves my Breakfast meals. Almost every potato dish I make my friends beg for. My BBQ Chilian Seabass always knocks them out and melts in there mouths.Snacks and roasted meals...and I've been able to whip up a Thanksgiving feast by myself since the age of 12.
My cooking tragedies
lets see...cobbler topping...the stuff always turns out like a big soft cookie on top and runs off the sides...braised lamb shanks turn slimy on me...oh and I always seem to get my scallopped potatoes to curdle...even though I'm pretty good at white sauces