I'm a work-at-home office manager, juggling office duties and house duties, plus gardening, which I love.
My husband has a busy consulting specialist medical practice, and I do the office work, which is a lot! I love pretty well all animals, especially the babies! Our interests include birding, gardening, growing heirloom/heritage tomatoes, and travelling.
I'm English by birth, grew up in England, married in England, gave birth to two children in England! We immigrated to Canada, first living in Newfoundland and then Ontario, which is where we live now.
My favorite things to cook
Indian, Thai, Italian, Far Eastern, English, French, plus Middle Eastern and others!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas and Thanksgiving turkey with all our trimmings. Very different to North American trimmings, but I've tried to keep some of the old traditions alive and well. Both of my children love Brussels sprouts for a start! I always make an English trifle too, and mince pies and sausage rolls. I also used to make a Christmas cake and a Christmas pudding, but not any more.
My cooking triumphs
A 7-course dinner party for eight, including a made from scratch duck pate with pistachios, braised kidneys in red wine, beef wellington, green salad, chocolate mousse, cheese board, which included Stilton, English Cheddar, Brie, plus others, with fruit, and after dinner truffles with coffee. It took me about four days to put it all together. Never again!
My cooking tragedies
A roast beef dinner when the yorkshire puddings did not rise one little bit!