Emily Rose Brott is a mother of four young children and the author of Have your Cake and Healthy Home Cooking for Kids. After constantly+ searching for healthy treats for her children, reading labels on the back of packages of food full of additives, preservatives and lots of sugar, she realised that the best way to ensure that her children were eating foods full of goodness was to bake them herself.
Her latest cookbook, ‘My Secret Ingredient’, has just been released. With over 120 delicious, easy, quick, healthy, real recipes to cover every meal of the day, it is a must for every home cook’s kitchen.
Congratulations on your third cookbook. We love the variety of recipes and your awesome ‘cooking tips’. For novice cookers like myself, I find I need all the tips I can get! Has food always been a passion for you?
I’ve always loved cooking and cooked healthy meals for my family. My mum is an amazing cook and I grew up watching her in the kitchen. However, the passion for healthy baking began 7 years ago.
You began experimenting with healthy cooking and in 2011 published your first book, Have Your Cake. When did you realize that you wanted share your recipes with others?
In my experience, the best way for me to cook healthy meals for my kids is by using ‘real ingredients’ that we are all familiar with. If I cook from scratch, using fresh vegetables, fresh protein, then I know that I can make food that is nutritious for my family. I keep my pantry stocked with all my baking ingredients and other pantry essentials, so that they’re on hand when I want to make a recipe. I like to make delicious food that is simple and easy to make, using accessible ingredients and without lengthy ingredient lists and instructions.
Which recipes are crowd-pleasers in your house?
We love the chicken sliders, fish in a bag, eggplant and sweet potato pizza and the shepherd’s pie with sweet potato mash. The kids go crazy for the stewed apple ice-cream with sticky crumble and the chocolate and pecan brownies.
Over the last few years, healthier lifestyles and cooking has become all the rage. Have you enjoyed watching the evolution of food?
I I think at times it can get a little overwhelming and extreme for most people. I still like to cook using ‘real’ ingredients, that have been around forever and that I know what they are!
The Katering Show did a hilarious rant about which food trends need to stop in 2016. Which one would you be happy to see stop?
Definitely the chia puddings. If I’m going to have a dessert I want it to be made using healthy ingredients, but I still want it to taste like dessert!
mini choc chip muffins
1⁄4 cup (60 ml) rice bran oil
1⁄4 cup (75 g) honey
3⁄4 cup (120 g) wholemeal (wholewheat) self-raising flour
1⁄4 cup (25 g) desiccated coconut
1⁄3 cup (80 ml) milk
1⁄3 cup (45 g) chopped 70% dark chocolate
Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) fan-forced.
Whisk egg, oil and honey together until honey is dissolved. Mix in flour, coconut and milk then add chocolate.
Grease mini muffin tin with oil and fill each case three-quarters full.
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