29 year-old mom of 3, happily married to my sweet American husband, I have lived in the US for 8 years. And of course, I love cooking!
My favorite things to cook
Probably desserts! This is what got me hooked on cooking when I was like, 7 :) Candy sometimes (mashmallows, dark chocolate truffles), cookies and bars often (I usually give half of what I make away to friends or neighbors so we won't pile on the calories!!). I recently discovered baklava and fell in love with it. I love creating, or twisting recipes so they become my own. I like to try my hand at a variety of things, depending on my mood. I do not like to cook with store-bought mixes, jello pudding or fake frosting, and I strongly avoid foods with high fructose corn syrup in them (which is probably and surprisingly the majority of processed foods from the store -no kidding). On a day-to-day basis, I do not cook with meat much but I make a lot of soups, salads, casseroles, stir-fries and such.
My favorite family cooking traditions
American Holidays like Thanksgiving, or July 4th: I didn't grow up celebrating them but I do my best to make them an important part of our family traditions. Also... Sipping home-made hot chocolate with my husband when it starts snowing outside... Having my little girl wear her tiny red apron to "help" me in the kitchen with her plastic "Happy Spoon"... Making crepes with the same old recipe my grandmother used and my mom delighted us with when we were kids, and slathering them with Nutella or plain sugar as they come out of the pan, hot, thin, slightly crispy around the edges and smelling of orange blossoms.
My cooking triumphs
Winning blue ribbons and other prizes; Successfully catering for several events, some of them for over 200 people (yep, once every 10 years or so I do get paid for the food I make -lol). Teaching cooking classes and loving it. But what I like the most I think, is when my family and friends love the meals or treats I created for them :)
My cooking tragedies
In 24 hour-time I managed to make the best Christmas Eve dinner AND the worst Christmas Luncheon I had ever made: we did not enjoy the poor-quality "caviar" we had bought, the parsnip puree tasted too lemon-y, the orange duck with hoisin glaze came out looking as pretty as it was dry... and to top it all off, I had started to make the chocolate buche (yule log cake) 2 days ahead and then forgot about it -so the cake was stale! What was I thinking :) I was so tired I filled and frosted it anyway... definitely not my day! Good thing that meal was only meant for my husband and I!!