Food: A Taste Of The Mountains with SkiTotal

If you didn't know already, me and my other half recently moved into our first little house together, so when I was asked by the gals at Branded3 and SkiTotal if I'd like to take part in the Taste Of The Mountains competition, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to test out my new kitchen!

Myself and a few other bloggers were sent some recipe cards through the post and were asked to make one of the dishes provided, with the best post winning a lovely prize! The recipes given to us were all traditional skiing-inspired meals - Grostl, Tartiflette and Focaccia. Never heard of them? No, me neither but I was up for the challenge of trying some new cuisine and broadening my cooking skills! I only intended to make one of the dishes - the Tartiflette potato bake - but since the recipe card suggested it was served with crusty bread, I thought I'd try my hand at making the Focaccia bread too!

First up...Italian Focaccia!

- 450g flour (I used strong white bread flour)
- 300ml tap water
- 3g (2-3 teapoons) of sea salt
- 7g yeast (3-4 teaspoons)
- 5g honey (2 tablespoons)
- 60g olive oil
- 2g rosemary

I started off by mixing the flour, sea salt and yeast in a large bowl and then added to it warm water and honey that I'd heated up over a medium temperature. After beating it for a couple of minutes, the dough started pulling away from the side of the bowl and it was time for the fun part...kneading! I did this on a lightly floured surface and once the dough was nice and smooth and elastic, I left it to settle underneath a large bowl for 10 minutes or so. So far so good!

While waiting for the dough to do it's first prove (how very Bake Off!), I greased the tin I'd be baking the bread in. Once the 10 minutes was up, I popped the dough in the tin and rolled it out evenly making sure to press it into the corners. I loosely covered it in clingfilm and gave let it prove again for another half an hour whilst I moved onto my main course...

...French Tartiflette!

- 1kg white potatoes
- 200g bacon or lardons (traditionally used)
- 1 onion
- 150ml white wine (I used chardonnay...and drank the rest.)
- 200g reblochon cheese
- salt and pepper to season
- 50ml créme fraiche

I added:
- 2 red peppers
- 1 medium sweet potato
- a handful of mushrooms
- 1 courgette

Since the recipe calls for the use of bacon or lardons and I'm a vegetarian (yes, one of THOSE people), I had to substitute it for lots of yummy vegetables instead! And typically living in a small town, my local supermarket didn't stock reblochon cheese, although with a bit of Jamie Oliver style research, I bought Brie as an alternative instead. If you're having a go at home though, I'd definitely try and get your hands on some reblochon and do it properly!

First things first, I preheated my oven to 200 degrees (gas mark 6), which meant I could cook both of my dishes at the same time later. I peeled and boiled my potatoes for 10 minutes or so - which would have been a speedier process if I'd have chopped up the big ones first - and once these were tender and fluffy I let them cool on the side.

I diced my vegetables, as you would at this stage with the bacon or lardons. If using the latter, you would need to brown the bacon in a hot pan first, then remove and fry the onions in the bacon fat.
At this stage, whether you're a carnivore or a herbivore, you would need to add the meat or veg then the white wine and créme fraiche and simmer for 5 minutes until the sauce has nicely marinated. I sliced up the boiled potatoes and added these to the mixture with a dash of salt and pepper and left to cook for another 5 minutes or so while I tended to my Focaccia!

At this point my dough was nicely proved and had doubled in quantity (I must have done something right!), and we were almost there! I drizzled the dough with olive oil and pressed indentations at 1-inch intervals all over the surface, then went to town with the salt, pepper and rosemary before popping in the oven until golden brown. Jobs a good'un!

Going back to the Tartiflette, and my potato and vegetable mixture was ready to add to an ovenproof dish. I sliced up the Brie and laid this on the top of the mixture and popped into the oven for around 10 minutes. The smell was friggin' amazing and once the cheese has melted and the dish was bubbling, it was time to tuck in!

It was definitely a fun experience learning new recipes but would it all be worth it and taste amazing?!

It was the first proper vegetarian meal that I'd cooked for my other half and he loved it! I think I probably got a sliver of the Focaccia before he polished the whole thing off!
I'd be interested to cook the meaty version of the Tartiflette for my family and friends with some authentic reblochon this time but I think my veggie take on the dish worked really well!

A massive thankyou to Branded3 and SkiTotal for the opportunity to take part in the Taste Of The Mountains competition and I'm so excited to find out the winner! I'll definitely be making some more Focaccia in the meantime...totally addicted.

What is your favourite dish? Have you ever tried any of the recipes I mentioned?
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Always, Alice x


  1. Fab post lovely, the dishes look amazing and sounds quite simple to make :) I love the fact you did a veggie version and despite not being vegetarian this sounds so yummy! :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

  2. Awesome food recipe. Thanks for sharing.


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