I don't really have formal culinary training, other than the fact that I took cook training and home ec. in high school... that was basically making sandwiches and weird dishes that no one liked..
I've always been curious about cooking. I wanted to learn how to make my dad's amazing spaghetti sauce, how my mom makes her delicious bread, and how my siblings make their favorite dishes, and I've been goin' ever since!
I like to put my own twist on things and I like experimenting.
Food brings people together and my favorite is when people sit down to your food and let out a "MMMMM!!"
I love making people happy with food. It's surprising how many people don't cook at home or haven't had a homecooked meal in years! So all of those people end up at my place, where I cook or bake up a storm! :D
I love learning new things and this website is definitely helping me and FAST!
I've used MANY recipes from this site and can't wait to share the love with my friends and family!
My favorite things to cook
I just made DELICIOUS meatloaf yesterday, it's definitely one of my favorite things to make now. It's pretty easy and I puree veggies into it so my roommate gets his vitamins! haha!
I like making cookies, breads and LOVE cooking breakfasts on Sundays (my day off).
I love making eggs in a basket with some veggies on the side for a quick breakfast or lunch.
I love making things that use fresh ingredients, no preservatives and try to make substitutions for refined flour and sugars. Eventually, I would like to learn how to make gluten-free and vegan
As for experimenting, I have made candied bacon chocolate chip cookies, bacon sushi, bacon scones.. BRING on the bacon! Haha! It's a wonder how I'm not 300 pounds!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family is no traditional family. All of my immediate family that live in Vancouver work in kitchens (including me, but we're more heat and serve).
My brother and sister have taken formal culinary training (brother is still in school) and LOVE to cook.
My sister is amazing at making gluten-free and vegan recipes, she is very accommodating to her friends! Haha. She has her own blog www.iheartbigflavour.com
We all like to get together on the holidays, my brother and sister make dinner (I try to help), and we all watch movies, talk and eat. And dance! Can't forget about all the dancing!
My favorite family cooking tradition as of late was when we made sushi together. We brainstormed all of these crazy ingredients, went shopping and put everything together. Some we'll make again, some we will never ever do again! Haha!
My cooking triumphs
I roasted and carved a chicken for the first time last week, by myself! It was AMAZING!!!! I learned how to carve it on youtube. You can learn anything on that site!!!
I LOVE baking. I'm getting better at it everytime, and I do tend to get a little obsessed with it and make dozens of batches and share it with friends and family. For example, last Christmas, I made shortbread cookies with mini peanut butter cups and mini caramel kisses and people went CRAZY over them! I was so happy!
I recently learned how to make banana loaf and blueberry lemon loaf. I went with the traditional recipes, then put spins on them. Banana loaf turned into banana chocolate chip loaf with chopped reese's peanut butter cups on top, and the lemon blueberry
loaf turned into an amazing whole wheat cake with fresh lemons and organic blueberries.. lovely!!
I also learned that the drop cookie method makes all of your cookies uniform! For some reason, I thought all cookies had to be rolled into balls. Weird!
My cooking tragedies
There was the time I tried to make pizza pretzels when I was 12 but it rose way too high and turned into bread. Still good though!
I tried to make pancake covered bananas the other day. In theory, it sounded brilliant. In theory. I expected them to be yummy and crispy, like pancakes are when you fry them... not THIS batch! Gloopy, messy, undercooked. Never again! Haha!!
Everything else, I have blocked out! hahaha
What can you learn from your tragedies? That you can make them into triumphs for next time!