I'm a married mom of three who is full-time domestic engineer (by choice). Everyone always loves the food I make and I tend to be the one counted on to bring the really yummy stuff. I don't know that I'd call myself an expert but for sure better than intermediate. I like both cooking and baking although I find baking my gratifying. Who doesn't like dessert and when you spend time baking it's usually not gone in ten minutes like the gourmet dinner you spent hours on is.
My favorite things to cook
I can't choose a favorite but there are lots of things I really like to make. Lately I've been into trying out new chinese, thai, and indian dishes. I love all kinds of comfort food and making cookies, brownies and cheesecakes just to name a few.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family background is English so having a traditional trifle after Christmas dinner(along with all the other pies and squares)kinda stands out.
My cooking triumphs
Duplicating my favs from restaurants. Like the new chicken and gnocchi soup from Olive Garden and the Honey Chipotle Chicken Crispers form Chili's. The cripers are bang on and the soup is pretty darn close.
My cooking tragedies
The easiest thing...sponge toffee. But only on my first three attempts. You have to heat the sugar to hard crack stage. The problem being the temperature climbs so fast at the end that when you get to hard crack it's to late. It's burnt. I took a few tries but I learned to stop at least five degrees earlier. Then chocolate coated it and it was fabulous.