I'm a granny who has time to cook now but went through years of working a full day then coming home to try & get a nutritious dinner on the table in under an hour. That & a childhood in the kitchen left me appreciating the pleasures of cooking 'slower' foods.
My favorite things to cook
I like experimenting all year long. In cooler months we have soups & stews, unusual bean dishes, & dishes foreign to our family's background. I like bread-baking & pickling everything except cucumbers & canning just about anything.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Soups, Savoury Pies, Cornish pasties, Poulet a la Provencal, Irish Black Cake, proper scones, sausage rolls, a good dinner fry up, Swedish meatballs, lingonberry sauce, hot-sweet pickled onion slices, dilly beans ... food is A Big Deal in both my & my husbands families which both have strong Celtic roots seasoned with flavors from France & Sweden.
My cooking triumphs
Making homemade French-style sausages: la bonne nourriture! (good food!)
My cooking tragedies
Lethally hot curry I tried to feed to the kids. 25 years later & I still feel guilty ...