My favorite things to cook
Chicken - you can just do SO much with it!
Baking overall - the end result is usually beautiful and OH so yummy.
Spices - the combinations are ENDLESS. You can skip butter and salt and just make up for it with different spices...amazing!
My cooking tragedies
"Smokey Chicken" (although not a TRUE tragedy, just funny)
My Cooking For Dummies book told me how to truss, roast and carve a chicken. I thought, "Perfect, even I can do this!" Unfortunately, they didn't tell me I should cover it while roasting. Smoke started to billow out the oven door when I opened it. It set off the smoke alarm and I had no help to stop it. (Hubby was on the phone - GRRR)
I realized too late that the smoke alarm was monitored and setting off the house alarm outside, so now the whole street knew. To make matters worse, the fire department responded to the call so the remaining streets in the neighbourhood knew too! (How embarrassing.)
However, the chicken turned out beautfully done and nicely browned! Great recipe, but I haven't made it since!