I had a successful career in TV News and left it all to start up a hotel and restaurant in Corozal, Belize.
I created a menu of basic, healthy food for families on vacation, and kept the restaurant open very late and very early for travelling guests.
I learned to plan menus according to what was available at the local market, and manipulated Belizean cuisine in to family-friendly, healthy meals. People loved my food, and I loved creating in the kitchen. I still hardly ever make a recipe exactly according to the book - rather I take a recipe as inspiration, and make it my own.
My cooking tragedies
I was in my restaurant carrying a pot of cooled (dirty) cooking oil to the sink to pour it in to a gallon container for disposal. The pan tipped, and oil poured out all over the floor.
I made it to sink with the dripping pan, and turned around to get a mop from the pantry, forgetting that I had *just* spilled oil all over the tile floor!
Down I went, flat on my rear end, in a puddle of dirty oil. I tried to get up over and over but slipped every time. I finally had to call a friend to come and pick me up off the ground. YUCK! (And yuk-yuk-yuk!)