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{Day 4} Guillaume’s Country-style Pork Belly Terrine

Guillaume Brahimi needs no introductions…

I thought that his gorgeous country-style terrine would be the perfect culinary candidate for my next post in the Royal Selangor jelly mould challenge because the source of the recipe, I’ll explain that in a second, supports a similar cause through funding a cancer awareness and patient care program, here in Sydney. The terrine would also make this entry my first, cooked dish.

I first “met” Guillaume during Maeve O’Meara‘s French Food Safari that aired on SBS. What I loved about him is that despite his success as a chef – Guillaume at Bennelong is coming up to its 10th anniverary at the Sydney Opera House in November this year,  he was witty and charming and completely down to earth.

I’ve had the pleasure of lunching at Guillaume’s Melbourne bistro, aptly named Bistro Guillaume, a few times too. Always arriving almost too early, unable to contain my tastebuds’ excitement for the fare ahead and staying past the “closing time of 3pm” enjoying the wonderful service and atmosphere of the space. Chic, cosy, grand, homely, Parisian, modern – all those words would be a fitting description of the place and food served there.

My favourite dish? The charcuterie plate with the aforementioned, amazing country-style terrine! No matter what other French morsels feature on the list, my heart skips a beat when I think of the gorgeous, good old-fashioned terrine flavoured with a pinch of tradition and a good helping of Guillaume’s brilliance.


As we were leaving the Bistro a good 30 minutes after “closing time” I spotted Guillaume at the front bar. He had just changed from his chef’s whites and was signing copies of his debut cook book, Guillaume Food for Friends (Lantern, an imprint of Penguin Books, $79.95). I took the opportunity to mention my admiration for his work ethic and purchased a copy of the book, which he happily signed for me. (Read on how you can get your own signed copy!)

During our short interaction, Guillaume was witty and charming and down to earth, just as I imagined him to be.  When I read the opening pages of the book, dedicated to a friend who had passed from a brain tumour, I realised what a great man he really is: all the proceeds from the sale of the book are being donated to the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney to help provide early detection, better treatment and integrated cancer care! In an instant my respect for Guillaume, his work and dedication to not only further himself but to help others, rose further than I ever thought possible. I cried. What a man!

I really encourage you to support both Royal Selangor and Guillaume by purchasing their products because they are selfless and generous in their donations to the cause. You will have seen already so many great things you can do with the Nick Munro designed jelly mould. And this gorgeous cook and story book will allow you to take a peek into nine very different and utterly remarkable homes, and the lives of those who live, cook and entertain there. Guillaume will also open the doors to his own ‘homes’, sharing stories and recipes from his family home, and his restuarants. To get your own signed copy of the book, click here.


Don’t forget, each comment on the Royal Selangor Get Your Jelly On challenge posts on my blog (Day 1, Day 2, etc)  is your entry to win an Olympus VG-110 camera. Giveaway is open worldwide! Entries close October 30, midnight AEST. Winner will be announced on the blog on October 31.

Makes 1 serve (in a Royal Selangor jelly mould)

Guillaume’s country style pork belly terrine

Adapted, with no disrespect, from Guillaume, Food for Friends. It is recommended that the terrine-making process be started 48 hours before serving to develop a greater depth of flavour. I have never been known for food patience, so I added a little more herbs and a good splash of 20 year old port to intensify the flavours and reduce the wait to overnight.

For the overnight marinating:

  • 180g pork mince
  • 50g pork belly, rind and bones removed
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tbsp of good quality port // or brandy // or sherry

For flavouring the filling (next day):

  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme, leaves only
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, leaves only
  • 1 tbsp fresh chevril (French parsley with an aniseedy flavour)
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • a pinch of salt and white pepper

For lining the mould:

  • 6 slices of prosciutto

To prepare the terrine mixture for marinating: place pork mince in a bowl. Chop pork belly into 1cm pieces. Crush garlic. Add chopped pork belly, garlic and port to the mince and mix well with a spoon. Cover with cling film and refrigerate overnight.

To prepare the terrine mixture for filling: chop finely the thyme, rosemary and chevril. Crush garlic. Add the chopped herbs, crushed garlic, salt and pepper to the mince and mix well, this time with your hands. Cover with foil and place back in the fridge while you prepare the mould.

To prepare the mould: line it with slices of prosciutto, making sure there are no gaps and the slices are overlapping slightly. Allow some of the prosciutto to overhang and it will serve to wrap up the bottom of the cone.

To fill the mould: spoon pork mixture into the mould, a little at a time, compacting it as you go. Fill to the top then wrap up the overhanging prosiutto slices over the pork mixture so that there are no gaps.

To cook: bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. In the meantime wrap the mould in about 4 layers of cling film. Place in a zip lock bag.  Reduce heat to a low, so that the water is not even simmering (between 80-90C or 175-195F).

Place the wrapped terrine mould in the water and leave for 25-30 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the meat – I used a simple meat thermometerfor this, reaches 68C (155F). Remove from water with a pair of tongs and discard of the plastic wrap and bag. Allow to cool a little before placing the mould into a mug and weighing the terrine down with a can or two. Allow to rest like this is the fridge for an hour or two before serving.

To serve: remove the terrine from the mould and place on a wooden serving board or plate. Serve with cornichos, sourdough or rye bread, pickeld chanterelles and lots of Dijon mustard.


Anne S October 4, 2011 at 8:51 am

Wow, I’ve seen the book – it truly is one of the best cookbooks around, but I never realized that all proceeds from the sale go to fund cancer related activities!
Love your first cooked dish this much more!

Wholesome Cook October 4, 2011 at 10:42 am

Thanks Anne! I love the book and the mould, both the same!

Nic October 4, 2011 at 8:53 am

Amazing! Your dishes are exquisite and photos make my mouth water every time. Good on you for mentioning another great fund and awareness raiser.

Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide October 4, 2011 at 8:55 am

Wow, you are continuing to amaze me. This looks absolutely wonderful.

Wholesome Cook October 4, 2011 at 10:42 am

Thanks guys, I try 🙂

gertrude October 4, 2011 at 9:09 am

wow, I like this. They look amazing. Love the prosciutto.

Sharni October 4, 2011 at 10:11 am

This looks great! A single serve quantity too 🙂 and good to know the jelly moulds can withstand being boiled…

Wholesome Cook October 4, 2011 at 10:43 am

Yes they can, but unfortunately they cannot be baked so I had to come up with a different cooking method.

mademoiselle délicieuse October 4, 2011 at 10:17 am

A conical terrine – brilliant!

Wholesome Cook October 4, 2011 at 10:45 am

Thank you! And tasty might I add.

Mel October 4, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Awesome post and a great looking terrine! Thanks for featuring the book and the fact you can get a signed copy!

Wholesome Cook October 4, 2011 at 5:54 pm

You’re welcome! It’s a great gift (Christmas!) for a foodie and a nice keepsake too.

Nate @ House of Annie October 4, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Another awesome use for the cone. I love the prosciutto “skin”.

I can totally imagine enjoying this dish.

Jun October 4, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I love this post. It sounds awesome. It looks awesome. As a great fan of pork belly, it is always an interesting experience to eat pork belly cold.

Sissi October 4, 2011 at 6:20 pm

This is definitely my favourite since the 1st October. I love well-made and well-seasoned terrines, but they never have such a cute shape. It was a crazy idea to make a cone-shaped terrine. I admire your creativity.

Wholesome Cook October 4, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Thank you, I adore terrines and this one is really good, eventhough I have omitted chicken livers (I would have probably needed 3/4 of one!). Peasant food but so yummy!

leaf (the indolent cook) October 4, 2011 at 7:28 pm

This terrine is absolutely gorgeous. It’s awesome to see how innovative everyone is with the mould!

Wholesome Cook October 5, 2011 at 1:55 am

Thank you and I agree! What are we all going to do in November?!

muppy October 4, 2011 at 8:24 pm

how fantastic, i have never attempted a terrine.

Wholesome Cook October 5, 2011 at 1:58 am

This one is out of this world, thoroughly recommended! 🙂

Three-Cookies October 4, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Thats really generous of Guillaume. I love pork belly, this looks awesome.

sara (Belly Rumbles) October 4, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Another brilliant dish. Didn’t see this one coming, I am still thinking 31 days of jelly, how wrong am I! Brilliant dishes.

Wholesome Cook October 5, 2011 at 1:59 am

Thanks Sara, for all your comments and lovely support!

babe_kl October 5, 2011 at 2:24 am

Gee, you’re really really creative! I can’t wait to see what you have next for the 26 days 😉

ChopinandMysaucepan October 5, 2011 at 2:26 am

We love terrine especially during summer picnic and you have given us a fab idea, especially with the cross section cut – beautiful!

mycookinghut October 5, 2011 at 5:05 am

Lovely looking terrine!

sportsglutton October 5, 2011 at 1:38 pm

This looks absolutely amazing! I just finished dinner and am suddenly hungry again. 😉

rsmacaalay October 5, 2011 at 5:21 pm

I’m so loving this series of posts, it gets so artistic everyday

E October 6, 2011 at 11:53 am

Looks delicious – really craving Pork belly terrine for lunch now…mmmmmmm!

TC October 7, 2011 at 7:20 am

I bet my cousin would love this.

Edyta October 8, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Super terrine Martyna! Love the flavours and look!

Kamila October 8, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Wow, I didn;t know you could use heat on the mould. Can you bake in it as well?

Roxana B October 10, 2011 at 5:00 am

I’ve honestly never heard of Pork belly terrine. Now i want to try it. 🙂

Joshua Hudson October 11, 2011 at 11:50 am

Looks yummy!

Vivian - vxdollface October 12, 2011 at 3:46 pm

ohhhh yeah i would definitely like to have this on my charcuterie platter!

Jamila October 14, 2011 at 3:41 am

Looks very gourmet.

Sandy October 14, 2011 at 6:40 am

What a beautiful dish!

Zoe Roberts October 14, 2011 at 8:02 am

My son is looking at the photos saying “mmmmm, mmmmmm” Tick of approval I think?

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Amber October 15, 2011 at 2:50 am

Stunning presentation, a great way to enjoy pork, looks delish!

Sarah O. October 15, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Oh, Guillaume. You spoil us.

Mary October 17, 2011 at 8:58 am

Wow, that looks AMAZING.

Mez October 18, 2011 at 11:25 am

I LOVE terrines, never, ever made one… I’d be scared to poison everyone hahaahahahaa but Hamish obviously whips them up. Love the unconventional shape of this one.


jasmine1485 October 18, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I’ve never had terrine before, but these pictures are making me think I should! It really does look lovely, and the new shape is a great twist.

Lenna (veganlenna) October 19, 2011 at 4:32 pm

My mom loves making terrine, but your looks much better 🙂 But don´t say it to my mom 😀

Ming October 25, 2011 at 4:17 am

Wow, interesting…

vintagemacaroon October 30, 2011 at 8:55 am

I love terrine. I actually really like that you had to use the cone. Unconventional but it still looks cool.

Sharn October 30, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Yum!! Seriously, great shots 🙂


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