Gourmet Giveaway – French Food Safari

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:
  • To enter the competition to win one of two copies of the French Food Safari leave a comment below. If you don’t have a blog please make sure you leave an email address or Twitter name in the comment so I can contact you if you win, or email me directly on missgourmetchick[at]gmail[dot]com if you don’t want to leave details on your comment.
  • 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
500ml milk
250ml cream
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.

Serves six.  



  1. those scalloped potatoes look delish! (also, I know this dish as potato charlotte, anyone else? or anyone know why it’s sometimes called that?)
    fingers crossed I win a copy
    beth dot corbould at gmail dot com

  2. Oooh I love French food would die I’d I won. I would learn to make amazing dishes.


  3. Hi wow I’d love this! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win! Email is kookla123@yahoo.com

  4. Delicious food from Maeve O’Meara and Guillaume Brahimi, a winning combination. Thanks for the opportunity to win. My blog is at http://www.foodwinetravel.com.au

  5. French Food Safari is the *best* series. Too many scalloped potatoes is not enough!

  6. Oooooh scalloped potatoes are divine! They are like the kings of potato bakes 🙂

  7. Cara, yum! I have picked this book up and looked through it many times. I am on the cusp of buying it… or maybe winning it! I don’t have a blog but am thinking of starting one about cooking, eating, wine and cycling, my favourite activities. In fact we cycled around France two years ago and I ate duck every day for a week. It pays to be sporty if you are a foodie! Loved this Food Safari series, it made me dream of living in France.


  8. I couldn’t find the post on FB but have liked you FB page. Thankyou! Email is kookla123@yahoo.com

  9. I am loving this show too! I have Guillame Brahimi’s Beef Bourgignon on my list of things to cook this weekend!

  10. Oo I’ve been meaning to find a cookbook to go through and cook all the recipes 🙂

  11. Yum – any version of potatoes with added cheese sounds awesome in this cold weather – but this one looks divine. (michellerobally@gmail.com)

  12. Being an uncontrollable cookbook addict, with a terrible sense of affinity to France, I think I need this book.
    Can you grant me a meeting with Guillaume too? That would be much appreciated thanks ;))

  13. I loved french food safari too – Bistro Guillaume is also excellent!

  14. Oh my goodness, count me in for an entry! My current French repertoire consists of:
    1. The word repertoire;
    2. An all right attempt at beef bourguignon in the crockpot;
    3. Drinking wine and eating cheese which I like to think is very French.
    Clearly I need help from the French Food Safari team 🙂

  15. I really enjoyed watching this show and the cookbook looks amazing. Would love a chance to cook from it at home.




  16. Those potatoes look incredible. 🙂

  17. yes please! it is my desire to improve my knowledge on French food and techniques this year.

  18. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the French Food Safari series even though i still find french cooking incredibly daunting.


  19. No one does butter and cream quite like the French!

    After several years where Asian dishes have made up the majority of my repertoire and likes, I am slowly moving to the European side of things. Ah, the French technique!

  20. I adore scalloped potatoes and loved French Food Safari, ooh la la!

  21. Potatoes are one of my alltime favourite foods.I am definately going to try recipe myself. A new cookbook is always a treat!

  22. @heart_and_soil

    My partner imports french wine (the way to a girl’s heart) , so I guess I need to cook some nice french food (the way to a man’s heart ??????) …… OOOhhh LA LA LA LA


  23. I have just returned from a holiday in France and have a need to do some french cooking…watching the TV show isn’t the same as reading and cooking from a cook book. Thanks for the opportunity


  24. as they say in France.. cowabloodybunga! I would love love love to win this cookbook. My bum hasn’t had the same wiggle it used to when I lived in France and it’s cruel to not give me the chance to add some extra insulation to get through the winter.

    S’il vous plaît la belle dame !


  25. Wow,it looks delicious, almost all
    French foods really captivates me.I love the way you stated different foods. How I wish I can have that cookbook.I would love a chance to cook that delicious French food cuisines and try it at home.

    Thank you for sharing us this nice post.Keep up the good work:)

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