I grew up in Powell River, a small secluded town most people THINK is on Vancouver Island, but it's actually on the mainland of British Columbia. I met my husband when I was 17, we were friends for awhile, dated when I was 18, and married when I was 19, and if I had to do it over again I would in a heartbeat! We waited a few years before children, to enjoy married life just us, and finish up some college, and now we have a wonderful daughter, and a wonderful son. Life is Good! Thank God! :)
My favorite things to cook
I like variety. Variety in meals, in deserts, in snack food. I like exploring what other cultures have to offer. I live near Vancouver, British Columbia, and I can honestly say it's one of the best places to experiences just that. There's a restaurant to represent just about every country in the world here. Being able to duplicate that in my kitchen though ... that's the real joy!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom's stuffing for Christmas, which was actually her grandmother's stuffing (and likly her grandmother had it passed down to her). It's a simple potato stuffing to make, but very good. Can't go a Christmas without it.
My cooking triumphs
Taking recipes I liked, and changing them to my preferred tastes, and actually suceeding in doing so! lol Too many recipes to name now ... I rarely cook a recipe as it's written, except the very first time now.
My cooking tragedies
One of our wedding gifts was a bread machine. It came with explicit directions, and a video even to teach you how to use it right. I watched the video, read the instructions, and I felt really prepared to take it on. I wanted to wake up to a loaf of hot bread, so I used the delayed timer for my first loaf. One thing never mentioned in the book, or video, however was that you should not allow the yeast to touch the water ... and my experience with cooking was very little, so I didn't know.
We came out with a 1 1/2 inch loaf in the morning. I was crushed! Mind you it smelt right. lol I learned soon after that the yeast must not touch the water. And I haven't had a problem since. lol
Of course I have burned the odd item, but I think every cook has had that happen at one point.