My fav food is Steak pie whether it be with Ale, mushrooms or kidney.
Curry I used to have difficulty with until I was told to put loads of onion in it.
I'm afraid my knowledge of cakes is very limited. I like may other chefs tend to concentrate on the meaty masculine type main course dishes.
Steam treacle or jam pudding is always moist, but goes like a rock when cold, and I would look to America for cakes like brownies.
If you want to check out good basic recipes then try to get hold or a copy of Practical Cookery Foundation Student Level 1. It is very similar to the book I learnt with. The bakery section is especially good. The only other books I would recommend are the Gastronomic, a huge tome with everything from food and drink history to just about every recipe you can think of, and of course anything by our local drunken hero Delia Smith!
Icy, that way of doing vodka looks vile! I've never tried it but Jamie Oliver likes to feed vodka in chilled watermelon. That sounds much better