I have always been interested in cooking, but it's really become a love of mine since I have left the nest and started lived on my own in the last several years. Otherwise in my life, I work in the financial services industry, and bellydance on the side!
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking Thai and Indian. I am also really into healthy/vegetarian/natural food type of cooking, but that has taken a backseat since I am living with my boyfriend who is not so much into that!
My favorite family cooking traditions
For a few months one time, my family started taking Sundays as gourmet cooking day. Each week one of us would decide on an entire menu and then spend the afternoon cooking. We had some excellent meals and nice memories, and it only ended because it just started to cost too much. I look forward to starting it up again someday!
My cooking triumphs
Any time I make a meal for company, I consider it a personal triumph. That is definitely when I am in my element. Recipe-wise, a triumph was a pumpkin pie I made this past Thanksgiving. I made two, one for my family, and one for my boyfriend's family. They all said it was the best pumpkin pie they had ever had. Yay!
My cooking tragedies
I spent over an hour on these chicken breasts a few weeks ago. They were tomato-curry baked chicken breasts (from allrecipes) and when I was serving one of them up, it slid off the spatula onto the floor. It was heartbreaking!