Recipe Share with Emma Waverman
Recipe Share is a weekly feature on Recipes.ca where we profile culinary experts or public figures in Canada who have a passion for cooking. Each individual answers a set of questions and shares one of their favourite recipes with our community.
|This week, Emma Waverman is sharing one of her favourite brownie recipes. Read on to see how she makes them extra memorable.
Today we are chatting with Emma Waverman. Emma is the parenting columnist behind MSN.ca's daily blog: embracethechaos.ca. She is co-author (with Eshun Mott) of the popular family cookbook Whining and Dining: Mealtime Survival for Picky Eaters and the Families Who Love Them. She also writes lifestyle and food features for a variety of national magazines.
What did you have for breakfast today? Greek yogurt with hemp seeds, almond butter and some woody, last-of-the-season peaches.
What is your specialty dish? Anything braised.
What is something you can’t cook? I can’t make drip coffee. My grandmother told me never to learn to make coffee so you will never have to spend all your time making it for the office. Sad thing is, I don’t work in an office.
What is your can’t-live-without kitchen tool or appliance? Tongs with a silicone end, that lock closed.
What is your secret ingredient? Balsamic vinegar in most sauces to add some acid.
Who taught you to cook? I literally grew up with a cooking school in my kitchen. My mother taught cooking at home for most of my childhood. I learned through osmosis and by helping out my mother and my grandmother.
What is your favourite restaurant? For high-end, Scaramouche can’t be beat.
How do you unwind? Reading. Eating.
What would be your last meal on earth? My mother’s roast beef, mashed potatoes. With foie gras to start.
What is your favourite beverage? Cold water. Really.
What is your philosophy in the kitchen? Trust your taste buds! Be fearless, recipes are meant to be played with.
What is your guilty pleasure? I love fatty foods.
Your comfort foods? Chinese food, scrambled eggs, cheese on toast.
What is your least favourite food? Parsnips
What is your favourite cookbook? Anything by mother, Lucy Waverman.
What has been your greatest culinary achievement? Pulling off a multi-course family dinner. My family is very judgmental.
If you could have anyone cook for you who would you choose and why? Other than bringing my grandmother back? I feel like Nigella Lawson and I would have a great time in the kitchen together.
Can you tell us a bit about the recipe you are sharing with us today, and why? We have lots of recipes in the book to deal with the dinner dilemma but the start of fall makes me think about baking brownies. And these are honestly the best brownies ever: good for bake sales, birthdays, Halloween and the occasional lunch box treat. One of my secrets to a good brownie is using good-quality chocolate – I use the Callebaut bittersweet chips found at the Bulk Barn. Here's the recipe!
Thank you for sharing a bit about yourself with our community of Canadian cooks Emma! We can't wait to make a batch of those brownies!
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