Swept away by cassoulet

May 19, 2011


Ever get annoyed by people who go to the South of France and proceed to rave over the victuals?

Well bite me, because today I tasted my first cassoulet.

The place was the Auberge de L’Ecole de Saint Jean in the tiny village of St. Jean de Minervois. Our group, visiting the Languedoc wine region, had stopped for lunch and ordered the cassoulet. Out it came, a sizzling hot dish of beans, sausage and duck confit bubbling away under a crispy breadcrumb crust.

Creamy and savory, simple yet unctuous, it was like every dream of comfort food made manifest.

Somewhere, a thousand cans of franks-n-beans were crying.

But the flavors in the dish weren’t the only thing in harmony.

It turns out the couple who run the restaurant, Brigitte and Patrick, were sweethearts long ago but things didn’t work out. They went their separate ways but some years ago, Brigitte moved back to the village and opened the restaurant. Patrick still lived in the area selling detergent supplies and it wasn’t too long before they were back in contact. The rest, as they say, is history.

Romance and good beans. Who can ask for anything more?


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2 Responses to Swept away by cassoulet

  1. Tom Fuller on May 20, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Cool Beans!

  2. Languedoc dogs | Vinecdote on May 24, 2011 at 10:52 am

    [...] near the Auberge l’Ecole restaurant in St. Jean Minervois. (Yes, this is where I had my life-changing cassoulet experience. You want to talk about Rapture? Give me a dish of that and I’ll show you [...]

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