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Allegra


Allegra
 
Living In: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Member Since: Oct. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking, Music, Painting/Drawing
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Mild Curry Powder
Sesame Seed Green Beans
About this Cook
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!
Recipe Reviews 19 reviews
Empire Cookies
These cookies are a treasured, highly sought-after item here in Winnipeg; though we call them Imperial cookies for some reason. Tired of paying high prices to satisfy my cravings, I found this recipe--and it is stellar!! Tastes exactly like what I would find in a high-end coffee shop! I will be sure to make a double batch next time to freeze leftovers. Also, next time I will put more jam inside the cookies, as they slurped up the excess liquid like a sponge. These treats always taste better after sitting overnight, which softens the cookie, and gives it a better texture, at least to me. Thank you!!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 22, 2010
Alicia's Aloo Gobi
The spicing in this dish was lovely! I decreased the turmeric by half, and used fresh ginger. The heat is definitely not for the faint of heart! I had to decrease it for my family members(though I am slowly building up their tolerance to capsaicin, heh heh). Next time I will omit the coconut milk. I find that its delicate fresh flavour is lost in the assertive seasoning in this recipe. I will be making this again! Thank you for sharing, Alicia!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 22, 2010
Spicy Indian Dahl
I have been searching for the perfect dahl recipe for years--and tonight I found it! I made a few minor changes. I used only 2 onions. Scaled the tomatoes down to 2 (tho I regretted not using 4). I added about 1/2 tsp of turmeric, mainly for colour. I also toasted whole spices and then ground them up. I simmered the cooked lentils with the rest of the ingredients for about 10 minutes to meld the flavours. I bet it will be even better the next day! (If I don't polish it off sooner!) Thank you for sharing. Highly recommended.

11 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 17, 2010
 
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