In all honesty I don’t really watch that much television but recently I have been glued to both the French Open and Maeve O’Meara and Guillaume Brahimi’s latest series, French Food Safari. Since France is such a long way away from Australia I am using TV as some sort of substitute to actually poking around in French markets and spending afternoons feasting on stinky cheese and copious amounts of red wine.
|Scalloped potatoes from French Food Safari|
Luckily for me Hardie Grant has also produced a cook book, French Food Safari, which accompanies the TV series to allow me to totally indulge my French obsession. Like all Hardie Grant books, French Food Safari is full of stunning photography and is beautifully produced. It features lots of classic French recipes by Brahimi and other top Australian French chefs. From French onion soup to Boeuf Bourguignon, it’s all there. The only fault I could make is that quite a few of the recipes are very complex and “cheffy” but I guess that’s French food for you.
|The French Food Safari book|
I tested out the recipe for Gratin Dauphinois (scalloped potatoes) which came up a treat, oozing rich cream and gooey cheese between layers of baked potatoes. I’ve reproduced the recipe below but the lovely people at Hardie Grant have also offered me two copies of French Food Safari to give away to Gourmet Chick readers for those who want to get their hands on the actual book. All you have to do is leave a comment below.
Here are the rules:
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- Sorry, competition only open to Australian residents.
- Competition to win the cook books closes at 5pm Australian Eastern Standard time on Wednesday 13 June 2012.
- A winner of the tickets will be selected using random.org and the winner will be announced on Gourmet Chick on Friday 16 June 2012.
- If you don’t manage to win a copy of French Food Safari, it is available on Amazon for £21.25.
|Beautiful photography inside French Food Safari|
Guillaume Brahimi’s Scalloped Potatoes
1 garlic clove, half finely sliced, half left whole
1 kg Desiree potatoes, peeled and finely sliced
Pinch of nutmeg
140g gruyére cheese, grated
Salt and pepper to taste
|Layering the potatoes and cheese|
1. Bring the milk and cream to the boil in a large saucepan over a medium heat.
2. Remove from the heat and stir in the sliced garlic, followed by the potatoes, nutmeg and a handful of the grated cheese. Stir well then return to the heat and simmer until the potatoes have started to soften.
3. Preheat the oven to 200c. Rub the inside of a large baking dish with butter, then rub with the remaining half clove of garlic.
4. Season the potato mixture to taste and spoon a layer into the dish. Sprinkle with some cheese and add more potatoes. Continue to layer until you have used up the potatoes, finishing with a layer of cheese.
5. Bake in the oven for 20-30 mins (it took me 40 mins), or until golden and crisp on top.