I just moved to New Zealand in October of 2010 and am now a housewife. At first, my favorite recipes from the USA didn't translate very well, but I am getting better and finding new recipes.
My favorite things to cook
Roast chicken, slow cooker meats/stews
My cooking triumphs
Once I made Apple Cider Panna Cotta for my family's Thanksgiving. It was a huge hit and they looked very elegant.
My cooking tragedies
After moving to New Zealand, I was making a banana bread to bring to a friend's house, where I was to have dinner. The ovens are weird here, and I failed to realize the oven was set to "grill", and halfway through the baking time, I smelled burning: The top of the loaf was black and the rest of the loaf was uncooked!!! I felt to upset over the incident and how everything I was cooking or baking in New Zealand failed, and I cried. My poor husband tried to make me feel better, so we ended up throwing the loaf of burnt bread as hard as we could of of our back deck. There is something so cathartic about chucking food!