I'm trying to expand my repertoire beyond a plain "meat and vegetables" diet by learning international recipes. My challenge is to learn what ethnic ingredients to use and where to find them, and to find recipes that aren't too laborious or time consuming. I'm especially interested in learning about the spices and seasonings from other cultures. I follow a "caveman diet" (no milk, no grains, no processed sugars, and no chemicals) to remain healthy. I was a vegetarian for 17 years (and a vegan for 3 of those years) and chronically ill on a vegetarian diet due to unrecognized food intolerances and the common erroneous belief that saturated fat and cholesterol (critical components of all cell membranes) were bad for my health. Tell me that you are adopting a vegetarian (or vegan) diet to be healthy, and I will tell you to think about it very carefully. Some people, like me, can only be healthy on a "caveman diet."
My favorite things to cook
Grain-free (gluten-free), dairy-free, sugar-free, natural (chemical-free) foods.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Cooking everything from scratch using fresh, organic ingredients whenever possible.
My cooking triumphs
Salads, salads, salads.
My cooking tragedies
Tragedy is a strong word, don't you think?