Within the Kitchen with Cynthia Wu-Maheux: For the Love of Meals to Share


Cynthia has been part of our TV life for a very long time and her roles on the small display screen have been notable: Trauma, Tactik, Dwelling Reminiscences, Plan B, Flip and, in fact, a screen-busting position, Da-Xia Bernard in District 31. Cynthia additionally lends her voice to the twenty sixth Tradition Days, which occur from yesterday till tomorrow. Lastly, the actress can also be spokesperson for Garde-manger pour tous, a necessary group that distributes greater than half 1,000,000 scorching meals a yr for youngsters in want.

Within the kitchen, though her childhood was influenced by her restaurateur grandparents, Cynthia is at all times looking out for novelties and discoveries.

Connoisseur quiz

Within the morning, tea or espresso?


Clearly espresso. It takes me my dose to get up and begin my day properly. I purchased an excellent guide espresso machine from Mali café, I grind my espresso, I make a double espresso, simply the scent, it is happiness early.

Croissant or oatmeal, fruit…?

Oatmeal, I like prompt cinnamon, however I additionally like cream of wheat, I add spices from the Silk Street, Spices Cru, with slightly syrup of maple and raspberries with rose water. A delight.

Sliced ​​bread or baguette?

Sliced ​​bread. Earlier than, I ate my toast with Philadelphia pink pepper cheese… It is now discontinued, little mourning. In any other case, slightly multigrain bread.

Cheese or dessert ?

The desserts. I consider I’ve a particular abdomen to accommodate them (chuckle)! I at all times preserve slightly area within the meal to have dessert on the finish.

Meat or fish ?

I actually like sushi, poke bowls, however infrequently, I like an excellent medium-rare steak.

I bear in mind my grandpa making steamed fish with a black bean sauce. In truth, I preferred his sauce a lot that I requested him to place it on all of the meals he served me. Then, through the years, I understand that as quickly as a dish, a culinary preparation consists of sauce, it’s going to make me pleased, I am actually a sauce sort. I like the nice classics of French delicacies for that too.

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With the steak, salad or fries?

Fries: fatty, salty and really crispy on the ends of fries, one of the best on the earth, mushy, however not an excessive amount of!

Vegetarian or meat?

Regardless of earlier solutions, increasingly more veggie. Particularly in the summertime, we’ve so many good greens to eat right here in Quebec, particularly uncooked, it is so good for style and well being. I need to additionally admit that I now not eat younger animals. It could be a step earlier than taking the plunge into plant-based meals, I am undecided, however I grew to become conscious of it just lately. It is a controversial topic, I agree, however everybody has their very own free will.

Caramel or chocolate?

all in caramel. Candies, desserts, cookies, caramel sauce and particularly crème caramel, notably that of the restaurant Le Festin de Babette, rue Saint-Denis, in Montreal… yum.

Cake or cookies?

My mom made me a chilly cake, I like this cake. It is espresso paste with crumbled Bobolink cookies in it! So I’d say each (chuckle)! It is a easy preparation to place within the freezer, you chop a portion you need, you set the remaining again within the freezer and voila, however hey, it does not keep within the freezer for lengthy…

Beer or wine?

I do not drink alcohol. So, I just like the floral Hp Juniper gin, the alcohol-free Anise Noirot drink and the virgin mojitos, I like mint. It is usually a chance to ask the bartender and the mixologist to organize a composition of their creativeness, in order that we should not have the impression of being other than the group, we are able to celebration with out alcohol and never not be excluded on the pretext that we don’t devour alcohol. It might even be good for this message to move.

Inform me about your favourite kitchen accent and why did you select it?

I completely can not do with out it. A inflexible white plastic spatula Trudeau Hollinger design…in all probability from 1990…greatest spatula ever ! My mom gave it to me after I moved to an residence, it was a part of my trousseau as a younger lady and I nonetheless have it.

Do you could have slightly ritual once you put together meals?

I usually cook dinner late at night time and put together a number of dishes on the similar time, whereas dancing. I set up myself particularly to get forward, even the day earlier than, to be able to be as a lot as attainable with my friends. Music, laughter, compulsory leisure, I’m not a chef, I wish to eat, to please, however the celebration can also be with the individuals we obtain, regardless of the meal, the happiness of being collectively is treasured. Even with easy issues to share within the middle of the desk, the enjoyable is there. A superb unhappy meal shouldn’t be so good… I need to say that I wish to arrange the desk, with my grandmother’s plates. I like mismatched dishes too, it offers a relaxed model.

Inform me concerning the culinary achievement you might be pleased with.

Hear… An journey that turned out to be very constructive! I typically barter. A couple of years in the past I purchased a board sport, Ghost Tales. My good friend Phil had come to learn the principles whereas I used to be cooking supper. Veal bundles… My dyslexia learn 15 min of preparation… but it surely was extra like 45, however once you’re not used to filo pastry, it is countless, way more than 45 min.. .after 1 hour of relaxation within the fridge… received there as a substitute of constructing six small ones, I had made two huge ones! An hour later, I drop the 2 bundles on the bottom. I delicately mentioned to myself: they’re going to cook dinner the tab****! It was extraordinarily scrumptious! An incredible sport and a night the place we laughed loads!

What did it scent like in your house, within the kitchen, once you have been little?

After I was a toddler, we made our almond cookies in my grandparents’ restaurant, the scent was fabulous. My grandpa who takes me in his arms to indicate me the baking within the huge skilled ovens, then locations a scorching biscuit on a small paper towel in my fingers, it was so scrumptious, an exquisite reminiscence.

Favourite cheese?

Grey Owl, from the Détour cheese dairy, and the Riopelle de l’Isle, it’s also the 100ewe should have a good time and style the expertise right here.

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Your favourite eating places?

  • It varies usually lately: Dynasty, Kagayaki, Dobe & Andy in Chinatown.
  • Rue Beaubien, the New System restaurant for decent canine and poutine. Paloma, Plaza Juárez, Tapeo and Mesón.

Favourite eating places outdoors Montreal?

Wo Home, Trois-Rivières. The Greek in Baie-Jolie, in Trois-Rivières. Zélé, street from Sainte-Flore to Grand-Mère. Sugar shack at Dany’s, in Trois-Rivières.

Favourite meals retailer?

Jean-Talon Market: Balkani Montreal… Their double cream feta is a delight in addition to their pierogis, sausages and do-it-yourself sauerkraut! And La Dépense, for his or her excellent vary of spices and teas and natural teas.

Favourite culinary merchandise?

Cajun blackening spices.

What cannot you do with out within the kitchen?

Maple syrup, inconceivable to do with out it. Contemporary mint, raspberries.

A culinary crush?

Popcorn ice cream from Chez Leméac, decadent to perfection.

Responsible greed?

Bag of salt and vinegar and caramel crisps.

Your favourite model of cooking?

I’d say at present, Japanese, as a result of it responds properly to my day by day culinary moods.

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