Cafes & Restaurants · Side dishes

Gratin Dauphinois



In my little French village there is a small restaurant, it sells very simple but rustic food. Its very well known in the region for its Cuisses de Grenouilles (frogs legs) and its Gratin Dauphinois. I fell in love with the gratin and one day decided to ask for their recipe. I never imagined they’d tell me.They told me how to make it and what ingredients to use so I’ve played around with the recipe.

This is a very approximate recipe, I just do the amounts I think necessary.


800g potatoes

250ml milk


crushed garlic (about 4 cloves)




300ml cream


  1. Slice the potatoes  thinly, a mandolin is good here.
  2. Place the potatoes, few knobs of butter, salt, pepper, nutmeg and milk in a pan. Cook until it boils, then reduce the heat and kept stirring for approx. 8 mins
  3. Take off the heat, add crushed garlic and leave it all to cool but stir occasionally.
  4. Mix in the cream.
  5. Place into a buttered gratin dish
  6. Place a few knobs of butter over the top.
  7. Place in the oven for approx. 45-60 mins at 180c .


Note for AH & AL:

Make sure the gratin is quite liquid before you put it in the oven, if not it’ll dry up

Aperitif · Side dishes

Cake aux Olives


This is a French recipe given to me by my sister in law. Easy to make and a moreish snack served with aperitif!


250g Plain flour

4 eggs

1 sachet of dried yeast

150ml olive oil

1 glass of dry white wine

200g stoned green olives (chopped)

200g lardons

200g mature cheddar cheese


  1. Mix the flour, eggs, dried yeast, olive oil and wine together in a large bowl.
  2. Add the olives, cooked lardons and cheese.
  3. Add a small amount of pepper, no salt!
  4. Put mixture into a loaf tin, or cake tin and cook for 45 minutes to an hour at 200 c.


Note to AH & AL

The cake can be a bit damp, make sure its cooked through, once cooled, slice it and it’ll dry out .



Side dishes · Travel

Red Lobster Biscuits


We discovered these biscuits (small scones for the British) on our first visit to a Red Lobster restaurant. It was in Orlando, opposite our hotel. They’re absolutely delicious. We managed to find another Red Lobster restaurant on our travels last summer, this time we were in Austin, Texas. I went just so I could have these biscuits again. So happy to have found a recipe (and adapted) that actually produces something similar to the real thing.


300g plain flour

1 tbsp sugar (granulated)

2 tsps baking powder

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

½ tsp salt

1 ½ tsps. Garlic powder

¼ tsp cayenne pepper (or chilli flakes)

200ml milk

115g melted butter

150g grated cheddar cheese (mature)

To Finish:

¼ tsp garlic powder

2 tbsps melted butter

½ tbsp. chopped parsley

pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 230 c and line a baking tray with parchment.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate, salt, 1 ½ tsps. Garlic powder and cayenne pepper (or chilli flakes)
  3. Add melted butter and milk to dry ingredients and stir until well mixed.
  4. Fold in the cheddar chees.
  5. Divide up and drop balls onto prepared baking sheet (makes approx. 12 -16 biscuits).
  6. Bake for 10 -12 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Combine the 2 tbsps of melted butter, ¼ tsp of garlic powder, pinch of salt and chopped parsley, brush the tops of the cooked biscuits as they come out of the oven.