I'm a Seattle college student at the University of Washington - which means I have a low budget and don't normally have a lot of time for cooking. I cook mostly for myself and my fiance, and generally do one-course meals with enough left-over for lunch the next day. I study computer science and philosophy, and should graduate this June. I have a lot of hobbies, including programming, cooking, cross-stitch, reading, and computer games. Being a Jack-of-all-trades, I am not an expert in any one of those fields - yet :-)
I hope to someday finish a program I am creating that will take a photograph and create a cross-stitch image from it, so I can start my own business selling people personalized cross-stitch patterns made from photos of their loved ones, pets, or favorite locations!
My favorite things to cook
I like whipping up a hearty, spicy stew that simmers in the wok all day long. I also enjoy marinating and cooking meats on a George Foreman grill my sister gave me.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My parents made me start cooking dinner once a week when I was in my teens. I'm glad they did - I snitched my aunt's best quick-cook, taste-great recipes, and learned some valuable skills. I plan on doing the same thing to my kids as well.
My cooking triumphs
My favourite cooking experience is trying out a wacky mix of foods that works, and coming up with a new recipe. I tried frying chopped red bell pepper, then refrigerating it, mixing it with chopped mango and feta, and tossing the mixture with lettuce and a fruity vinagrette. Mmmm . . . Still need to find the perfect vinagrette for it, though!
My cooking tragedies
Various incidents involving things that should not be on burners being on burners.
Left the cookie sheet over the burner that vents for the oven for a period of hours. Ended up ruining the no-stick finish. Reheated cans of soup . . . and leaving them for hours. Lost two pans that way! Plastic items being left on the unused stove burners, and the wrong burner being turned on. And people wonder why I insist that the stove should *always* be clear unless you are using it to cook!