I come from a Irish French background and absolutley love cooking. I am not a baker (I don't eat much dessert) but I love to make fresh bread in the winter. I hate it when people don't season food at all or douse it in a sauce - like marinating in a store bought BBQ sauce. The only vegetable I won't eat is peas. I got sick when I was a kid twice on them. Once on my grandmothers farm when we were on the back of the wagon of fresh peas I ate too many and got (I thought deathly) sick and another time when my mother made pea soup. Mom was a great cook, made everything from scratch, but this time she left a steel wool scrubber in the bottom of her soup pot and when my sister saw it we started to laugh. There were 8 of us (all under 11) and she made us eat the soup - saying it won't kill you just take it out. I got sick to my stomach and never ate peas again.