Happy National Cassoulet Day!

Apparently, today is National Cassoulet Day – in the States!

I had no idea . Thank you ‘The Good Life France’. Perhaps any American readers can enlighten me further?

Anyway, as a cassoulet fan I thought this would be an opportunity to revisit a post I wrote previously.

Fancying France

I’ve always enjoyed cassoulet and have even tried cooking one or two! Therefore our stay in Castelnaudary, which is said to be the birthplace of cassoulet, had to include sampling this delicious local dish. In the town itself there are lots of restaurants offering cassoulet, including La Belle Époque which we visited. We tend to go for the set menus but not on this occasion as the waiter had advised us that their cassoulet was very ‘copieux’. He was right!la-belle-epoque

There is even a Cassoulet Festival which takes place in Castelnaudary during the last weekend in August, with tastings, a gourmets’ market, a floral procession, entertainment, shows and concerts!

So, what is Cassoulet? It is basically a slow-cooked casserole containing meat (typically pork sausages, goose, duck and sometimes mutton) and white beans. The dish is named after the cassole, a deep, round, earthenware pot with slanting sides, in which the cassoulet is cooked.

View original post 154 more words


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.