Born in New York City in 1943 of Australian parents, and went to France at the age of 5. My mother was the best cook in the world, and I have tried to emulate her. I have lived most of my life in England and on the continent. My husband Chris (Scottish), who was good enough to want to marry me, some 38 years ago, still says he loves me! and we retired to high in the Alpujarras, Andalucia, Spain. We live at 3000', and have views , on a good day, as far as Africa and the Atlas mountains across the Med. We don't have tap water or electricity from the mains, but we have Solar Panels, which works best when you don't need them as much, like summer when the sun is out!! Winter we have to rely on help from our Generator. And the water comes down from over 12.000' up in the Sierra Nevada, by Acequias. Channels of water originally brought here by the Romans. meaning that there was constant water for the olive trees. and each farmer gets so many hours of water, according to how much land he owns.
My favorite things to cook
Anything that has great taste, but not averse to Bangers and mash or Leek and Potato soup and the great Spanish bread. ( called'una Bara') I like to cook with really fresh ingredients, and find it strange that so many of your recipes, ask for garlic salt. As if you don't have fresh garlic in the States??? We can buy Garlic here all year round. I like to cook things like Moussakas, roast Pheasant, roast Beef and Yorkshire pudding,Entrecote a la Mirabeau.Beef Stroganoff,Moroccan Lamb Tagine. Whisky cake, Special Brownies. Etc.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I think variation,plenty of veg and fruit, and healthy eating is very important, but, simply delicious things must be put in too.Med cooking lends itself to healthy eating, but many of their dishes are fried. Good Olive oil, costs about 15€ for a 5 liter pot, and it is gorgeous.
My cooking triumphs
Capercaillie and Haricots en Cocotte. Roast Venison with Cranberry and Pears. Salmon en Croute. Gravadlax. Hunters Pate. Breasts of wild Duck on croute.Meat balls with Dates and Almonds Bombe au Chocolat. My own ice cream. Baba au Rhum.
My cooking tragedies
Among many.......Bread that doesn't rise, and in @poor mans Fondue, the wine and cheese separating!