I am a sixth generation Australian with a Greek, British and Danish heritage. Two sons and two grandchildren.
I live in Melbourne, a very cosmopolitan and multi cultural city. It is the second biggest city in Australia.
We love food in Melbourne and have some of the best restaurants in the Southern Hemisphere.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking Italian, probably my favourite. We have family in the US and I have been cooking Southern style for a few years too. I like to try cooking unusual foodstuffs - rabbit, kangaroo, goat. We don't have much game in Australia so I am a bit limited. Have just started baking breads and cakes and am enjoying this a lot.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I have always cooked with fresh food as much as possible. Processed food is something I try to avoid. I cook nearly everything from scratch. Shopping is done mainly at Farmers Markets or fresh food markets.
I am lucky as I don't work outside the home and have the time to prepare meals.
My cooking triumphs
Thanksgiving lunch for my best friend (she is from North Carolina) for 60 family and friends, with all of the trimmings.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married and wanted to make a special dinner for my husband. I used a pressure cooker for the first time....it exploded and I had to clean the walls, ceiling and floor before hubby came home. We went out for dinner that night.