I'm a senior in college, studing Biology and Spanish. Going to med school next year! My family is from Punjab in India, and I have been living in the midwest almost my entire life. I love to cook and bake, especially when I'm under stress--my friends ask me without shame when I'm going to cook their favorite foods for them! And my family eats what I cook, too! :-)
My favorite things to cook
Cookies! And I like to try my hand at Indian desserts you're only supposed to be able to get at restaurants, haha. But I don't really like tons of sugary stuff, and am trying to cut back on the cookies...well, it makes my friends happy that I like to make food.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Hmm, quite a few: Helping my mom cook dinner regularly. Those days when my dad gets into a cooking mood and makes us watch him make his famous omelettes or pasta. Making 50 samosas in an assembly line, because the whole town knows my dad knows how to make great samosas. And one that I started after coming to college...every year, I have some kind of lunch or dinner for my friends so they can have some home-cooked food. Couple of years ago it was channe (chickpeas), last year it was sambar/dosa. I've got a few requests for that one again :-)
My cooking triumphs
1- When my younger brother took a bite out of the ande ki bhurji (scrambled eggs, Indian style) I had made for dinner and exclaimed, "This tastes just like mom's!"
2- When I made a tomato soup spice cake from this site and my dad came back for a second piece
3- OK, this isn't really "my" triumph, but I suggested it: whenever our Campus Girl Scouts group does a soup-and-sandwich night for the families at the local Ronald McDonald House, the Cheesy Vegetable Chowder from this site is so popular we have people coming up asking for the recipe...we tell them to come here!
My cooking tragedies
Once I bought a falafel mix and made the falafels according to the directions on the box. The batter seemed a little thin to me, but I'd never had falafels before so figured the box might be right. Then I forgot they were in the oven. When I took them out 10 minutes late, they were...tough.