#MarchWritingChallenge – Day 17 – What are you an expert on? Is it because of training, lived experience, or both?

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This March Writing Challenge of thirty-one questions is hosted by Marquessa, with questions from Alexandra Franzenβ€˜s β€œ100 questions to spark conversation and connect.

All are welcome to join in and a list of the questions can be found here.

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Cooking!

I scrambled my first egg when I was four years old and have been hooked on cooking ever since.

By the time I was thirteen, I was preparing the family evening meal (for nine), and when I was fourteen, my eighteen-year-old sister and I cooked the entire Christmas dinner, desserts included. (There may have been a bit too much rum in the rum cake that year!) πŸ˜€

All my siblings also cook but I didn’t realize I had a knack for it until I was responsible for making a Shepherd’s pie, Macaroni and Cheese, and a Chocolate Layer cake for our family’s contribution to the neighborhood friendship dinner. Everyone complimented my Mom on the dishes, but they were stunned when she told them I’d made them. I was sixteen and have been experimenting with different herbs, seasonings, and cuisines ever since. I also enjoy taking recipes, deconstructing them then recreating something new using the same ingredients.

Many have suggested that I become a caterer, but after making roast beef salad for a family reunion of three hundred, I knew that was never going to happen. Coming from a big family, making large meals isn’t a problem. Making sixty pounds of salad IS a problem and too much like work! For me, cooking is fun, and if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you’ve seen the results of some of my playtime. πŸ˜€

My sister bought a leg of lamb for Easter dinner and asked ME to cook it. I said sure and that I’d come of with a flavorful blend of herbs and maybe even encrust it.

She said, “Don’t you just put it in a roaster and cook it?”

That’s one way, but where’s the fun and flavor in that? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

 

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