I am an American living in a country that lacks the diversity I have always loved in food. So in one year I have gone from wizard of the take away food to making nearly everything from scratch. It is amazing to finds out what you are capable of when you are backed into the corner of learning something you have never done before.
My favorite things to cook
My favourite thing to cook hands down would be Indian food. I love everyhting from the eating and cooking, down to shopping for the exotic spices that are required. The smell is so aromatic.It is kind of an interesting feeling when you are cooking fresh naan with one hand, while making a fresh green chutney with the other hand... You feel like an octopus. :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
It is a toss up between my babushka's ham loaf or my mom's scratch spagetti sauce.
My cooking triumphs
I would say my biggest cooking triumph would be the day I hand built a smoker from 2 clay pots and smoked the best turkey I have every eaten. I have always hated turkey, because I consider it to have a stranger after taste. However, the turkey I made, I actually liked and everyone else who smapled it said it was the best turkey they have eaten.
Of course I followed it up with some homemade creme brulee, as it is alway fun to play with fire.
Another triumph o mine was making home made puff pastry dough in the traditional fashion. It was extremely time consuming and a bit difficult, but the pay off was worth it.
My cooking tragedies
My biggest cooking tragedy was an attempt to make an Alton Brown recipe for peanut butter. It was absolutely the worst peanut butter I have ever eaten. I can figure what when wrong, but it was the grainiest, most disgusting peanut butter ever.
I made a few attempts to doctor it up but there was not fixing it, off to the trash heap it went.