Slurped from cumaeansibylHow did you learn to cook? Who taught you? Did you teach yourself? Are you a good cook? Do you like to cook, or is it a horrible chore for you? Do you cook best in your own ethnicity, or another popular style? What's the worst or best thing you've ever cooked?
I watched my mother cook when I was very little. I participated in the jam making and bread making and the cooking of mass quantities of soups where everyone had to chop and add stuff and help fill the giant soup pot. And then, when I was 12, my parents started making us kids cook the dinner every night. We were supposed to make things that were interesting, nutritious and cheap, and the only "help" we got was the criticism of 6 siblings and our parents at the dinner table.
At this stage of the game, I'm a fabulous cook. I've spent a lot of time figuring out what goes with what and researching new and interesting combinations of flavors. I love to cook and have finally moved into a house that has a kitchen that compares favorably to a small restaurant's.
I can cook anything, but my best is Mexican (my own ethnicity). My husband makes amazing Indian food.
My best meals are simple - chicken pot pie. Hominy sweet potato soup. Corn crepes. The worst thing I've ever cooked was a batch of meatballs that had some seasoning that made them taste like a cleaning product and wouldn't stay together while I was cooking them. I ended up with a pan full of inedible mush that frustrated me so much that I literally threw them against the wall.
I make a great many meals that are unremarkable, but when pressed I can make miracles.