What influenced your cooking style? and how uniform is it?
For example, my mom was a single mom, she made lots of fry-pan based one -dish meals, but always very healthy and full of vegetables.
My dad's italian and he is really incapable of making anything not vaguely meditteranean.his best dish: linguine with clams: steam clams, strain liquid, remove from shells and slice. cook garlic and olive oil in pan. add white wine, clam juice and reduce, emulsify in blender, add chopped parsley and clams. amazing.
I tend to make one-dish meals that are meditteranean style, though tonight I made a fish curry: onions, garlic, cilantro and butter, followed by sliced cod fish,curry powders, turmeric. remove the fish. add cream, cherry tomatoes, and sliced cooked potatoes. delcious served over jasmine rice from the indian grocery.
tommorrow i'm going to make ahead some pesto and some lamb burgers(bread,egg,parsley) for the week ahead. Yesterday I made ham,egg, and pea fried rice with a little anchovy at the beginning with the onions.
Point is, no matter what cuisine I make it's always the same steps, the same onion and/or garlic, herb. Once in a while I'll bake some vegetables or a pasta, but it's all essentially the same steps. Do you find this as well, or are people going at this from all differen directions?