I have been married for 6 years, and have 5 and 2 year old boys. My oldest son loves to watch me cook, and recently has started 'helping' me by adding his own creative culinary touch to my food. Needless to say, I have learned to make last minute adjustments to dinner when mango puree ends up in my stir fry, or cumin in my salad.....but I think that it has actually helped me be a better cook, as if forces me to be imaginative and quick-thinking when correcting the fiasco.
I adore food, and am often teased by my family about how I can wonder what to make for dinner whilst eating lunch. I would love to have the time to obtain a culinary arts degree....maybe one day!!
My favorite things to cook
I am really open to trying new foods, and will eat anything once. Whenever I can, I try to have a theme from a different country....Indian, Ukrainian, Moroccan, etc. I love poring over cookbooks and experimenting with different cuisines. Since my husband is from El Salvador, I try to make food from Central America often. Pupusas(corn tortillas stuffed with pork, beans and cheese) are one of my favourites. I have come to crave the dishes from that country. I have also discovered the beauty of Thai food, and have proclaimed that my new love.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love having my kids in the kitchen with me, getting their hands dirty as my little sous-chefs in training. I want them to be just as passionate about cooking as I am!
I also learned a lot about Salvadoran cooking from my mother-in-law and try to incorporate holiday feasts with both my own Mennonite heritage and my adopted Latino culture. I attribute my adventurous palate to my husband's family.
My cooking triumphs
I can make a mean flan!! I had some exchange students from Mexico come to my home for dinner one day, so I cooked some Mexican food. I was a little nervous, as I wasn't sure how so-called 'Mexican' food would be received by people who grew up with it, but they raved about it and said that it was just as good as back home! That was pretty flattering. I secretly love when people rave about my cooking.
My cooking tragedies
Just recently, I tried to make gnocchi for the first time. After spending almost 3 hours in the kitchen forming beautiful little dumplings, I put them into a pot of boiling water and they immediately turned to mush. My finished product was a bowl full of floury mashed potatoes. Whenever my ego heals, I'll give it another shot, hopefully with better results!