I am a daughter of Colombian immigrants to the US. My closest friends are from all over the world, and my husband is Canadian (we're blissful newlyweds). I love to travel, learn languages, and experiment with international cuisine.
My favorite things to cook
Anything light, healthy, and ethnic.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom often had housekeepers do the cooking when we were growing up (we're not loaded - it's a common practice among Latin Americans). But she did make great beans and rice with meat on the side and fried plantains. Yum!
My cooking triumphs
I'm not sure I'd call it a triumph, but the other night I made coconut chicken curry light by altering the existing recipe. Instead of using a full can of coconut milk, I used half a can of light milk and for added creaminess I used fat free plain yoghurt put through a strainer and, get this, sugar-free Torani coconut syrup (the kind you make Italian Soda with). It was sooooooo good and sooooo not bad for you! :)
My cooking tragedies
I tried to make spaghetti sauce by putting all kinds of veggies and spices in the food processor (which is what my mother-in-law does). Only mine ended up tasting like I but half the roughage in the backyard in there. Disgusting! And what a waste of all those fresh herbs and veggies!