I am a recent graduate of McGill University, in Humanistic Studies & Social Studies of Medicine.
I'm completely vegetarian, but not vegan.
I publish two blogs: Good Humans Bad Humans at http://goodhumans-badhumans.blogspot.com and The Killer Vegetarian at http://killervegetarian.blogspot.com
My favorite things to cook
There's not much I don't like to cook; the only thing I don't cook is meat (for moral reasons) and eggplant (because I loathe it, except in my godmother's eggplant parmesan). I adore making soup on cool fall days, throwing together a new pasta dish for the family, and especially experimenting with all sorts of international cuisines. I love to push myself to try harder recipes, but I also really enjoy having my own creativity to fall back on.
My favorite family cooking traditions
1. Making Christmas cake months in advance with the whole family - everyone had to stir it!
2. Huge roast dinners with my grandparents on Sundays when I was growing up.
3. Putting on dinner parties with my parents. We each get to manage a different part of it (dessert, mains, appetizers, etc.).
My cooking triumphs
A vegetarian gravy that rivals the roast beef gravy at holiday dinners (the secret is always lots of good wine, brandy & port, and a little Maggi seasoning); truly mastering mashed potatoes (always harder than you think); getting really good at improvised soups; making pad Thai so good that even a person who lived in Thailand was impressed.
My cooking tragedies
Lemon wafers that oozed all over the oven...
Also, an awful improvised chili with shitake mushrooms - so bad I had to throw it out, which I have never even come close to doing before.