I believe the best food (and drinks!) are inseparable from good company. I love the peace and rhythm of cooking by myself, and rarely achieve good results when rushed - I'm pretty convinced I'd be a disaster in a restaurant!
My favorite things to cook
Anything that's delicious and prepped in 10 minutes or less.
My cooking triumphs
A special dinner that included: a pseudo-Asian salad (smoked salmon served over rice noodles in rice vinegar and watercress with a lemon/ginger dressing); truffled fresh cod; asparagus risotto; dark chocolate mousse. The dinner was accompanied by a dry Pinot Gris, and dessert was paired with a Cabernet Franc Icewine.
My cooking tragedies
Without a doubt, my biggest tragedy so far has been my attempt to make pumpkin gnocchi. (A few attempts at yorkshires have also been pretty dismal, but off-set by more successful entries!)
This was early in my "cooking days" so I wasn't very skilled to begin with, and someone pre-warned me that the moisture from the pumpkin would make it more difficult.
However, I was determined. Two evenings and 10+ hours later I had something that I was willing to pass as gnocchi - and a resolution never to make it again!
(I may bend that resolution and attempt to make gnocchi again, but I'll try a plain recipe first.)