I took an interest in cooking about 10 years ago and grew up with my mom doing all the best German cooking I've ever had! Everything from tortes and roladen Mom only made it the best! The key lesson from my mom’s cooking was to use natural ingredients and create outstanding dishes. (ie. A very large factor in flavor when boiling veggies is how much water is used…). But Mom never used spice to heat up dishes. Once I took an interest in cooking after getting married; 9 years ago, the joy of seeing success without smoke or fire was very satisfying and pleasing to our taste buds too! A lot of inspiration came from the Food Network...and lots of cooking lessons from there which I supposed I could have learned from Mom! Well this time I'm hoping to pass on the joy of cooking with my boys, now 3 1/2 and 15mths with everything from breaking the eggs to watching the muffins rise in the oven and seeing their delight in something that tastes yummie!
My favorite things to cook
I really enjoy spicy food and experimenting with pairing heat and sweetness and saltiness too. Some of the national inspirations are Latin, Asian, Italian, Caribbean and German and French. Desserts well those are just plain fun now that I'm understanding so much more of the basic's. This website has been a great idea centre and I really enjoy the extra comments from viewers about the recipes it's taught me a lot!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Rolanden with Rotten Kole at Christmas and Easter. A wonderful treat-labor intensive and well taught by my Oma and Mom to learn all the tricks to make those dishes what I grew up with. And I'm so glad my husband enjoys them too so its worth the extra effort! Definetly one for the family recipe books! One day I'll list it.
My cooking triumphs
In 1996 we had some family over for dinner and I was just learning how to cook - let alone use the oven in the house at the time (terriable equipment) and I whipped up a Shrimp & Chicken Chashew Stirfry with lingunie and the entire pot was licked up to the bottom and one of the comments was "please write down what you put in this and how so my wife can make it for me"-that was the begining to enjoyment of entertaining and then cooking!! What a compliment!
My cooking tragedies
Now that I have learned from all those smoke bellowing experiences how to use the ovens properly I have many laughs over the smoke smelled paint we left in the old house and still smile about how my husband would scrape the burnt stuff off of the food made in there and didn't complain as much as he really should have! it was gross and too embarrassing to mention (I'm sure you can imagine some!).