In my early 40s, I am an IT professional and I enjoy flavorful fresh foods. I enjoy cooking and I love baking, offering delicious food and see smiles on people's faces is my reward. I am learning to appreciate the local fare that the valley has to offer and grow my own herbs and vegetables, I had the blessing of inheriting my father's green thumb. For the past year I have been focusing on leaner, cleaner meals and staying away from process foods as much as possible.
My favorite things to cook
I often made a Noisettier as cake to bring to social occasions; it is very moist and not very sweet, always a favorite. I also LOVE to bake! Cookies, cakes, pies, breads, bring it on!
I also love casseroles as they are often a "one bowl" dish, learning to make more crock pot meals and freezing leftovers so I can be lazy on week nights, or give the opportunity to my family to have a home cooked meal instead of processed foods if I am not around.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Grandma's Easter ham. A real good Canadian ham with the bone in, baked slowly with maple syrup and pineapple. Yum!! I have not been able to replicate this with a ham bought in the USA.
My cooking triumphs
Grilled beef brochettes (kebabs) and more recently, BBQ baby back ribs - everybody asked me where I bough them, then how I made them!! My quiches and onion pies are also requested for social functions, I keep experimenting and finding new delicious meals. My team at work requests my rum cake for celebration occasions, calling it the "booze cake". Coworkers love when I practice cake decorating as they get to eat my doodles.
My cooking tragedies
Over baked one of those American hams that was pre-cut in a spiral fashion. The thing was so dry, I ended up grounding it for sandwiches and finger foods.