Gofton to serve up French temp­ta­tions

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

Cromwell’s grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion for fan­tas­tic book launches will see popular chef Allyson Gofton visit the town with her lat­est French of­fer­ings.

Cromwell Pa­per Plus manager Aimee Paardekooper said Gofton will talk about her lat­est book, Recipes from My French Kitchen, which chron­i­cles the year she and her fam­ily spent living in France.

Part cook­book, part travel mem­oir Recipes from My French Kitchen trans­ports read­ers to the heart of all things French as Gofton chron­i­cles, month by month, her fam­ily’s year of living in Caixon, a tiny vil­lage of just 350 per­ma­nent res­i­dents.

Caixon lies at the foot of the Pyre­nees— the ma­jes­tic moun­tain range that cre­ates a nat­u­ral bor­der be­tween France and Spain.

De­spite a rocky start, Gofton said their time away was the best ex­pe­ri­ence her fam­ily had shared so far and they planned to re­turn next year to spend an­other year there.

In the book she shares more than 50 sea­sonal dishes adapted for New Zealand home cooks, as well as sto­ries of the peo­ple, places and culi­nary tra­di­tions ex­pe­ri­enced dur­ing their time there.

‘‘The food may not be flash, it may not be dusted and driz­zled but it is hon­est and healthy food that is truly de­li­cious be­cause it is lo­cally grown and cooked in the way it has al­ways been cooked,’’ Gofton said.

‘‘No mat­ter where we en­joyed a dish, the in­gre­di­ents were few and sim­ple, al­low­ing the in­gre­di­ents to sing in har­mony.’’

As with most of Europe, pro­vin­cial French life re­volves around the sea­sonal, farm­ing and re­li­gious cal­en­dars and Gofton talks about the count­less fetes, fairs, fes­ti­vals and mar­kets— dat­ing back to me­di­ae­val times.

Allyson Gofton, her hus­band War­wick, son Jean-Luc and daugh­ter Olive-Rose in France.

What: Allyson Gofton in Cromwell When: Fri­day, May 8, doors open at 5.30pm for a 6pm start

Where: Ni­chol’s Cafe, Cromwell Tick­ets: $30 from Cromwell Pa­per Plus. In­cludes a light plat­ter. Full li­censed bar avail­able.

Allyson Gofton’s lat­est bookRecipes fromMyFrench Kitchen is part cook­book and part travel mem­oir.

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