Posted by October 29, 2008 Autumn, Fat 2 Comments

Last weekend we escaped Paris for the day to visit our friends in Verdon a tiny village, more a gathering of houses as there isn’t even a café/bar, in the champagne region. It was a cool clear day and we drove through the valleys, tinged with autumn colours to their country home. Their house is set in a large plot of land that gently slopes down to a stream. They have a vegetable garden, a quince tree, now you know why they are my friends, and apple and cherry tree, blackcurrant bushes and a medlar tree, more about medlars later. There are also several roses bushes covered in rose hips, églantines or gratte-cul, as they are more colloquially known in French. They are going to make some rose hip jam, and promised me a jar.
The ground floor of their house is composed of two large rooms, the kitchen/dinning room and the living room with a huge wooden beam running the length of the two rooms and at either end are wood burning stoves. These stoves not only heat house, they are also for cooking. For lunch they’d attacked a recipe from my book, cassoulet cooked slowly on one of those stoves and here is the result.
The first photo shows the whole pot and the second a healthy serving. It was as delicious as it looks and, best of all, they said not only was it easy to make, they had fun making. What more could a cookbook writer ask?



  • Athenaeus says:

    I just received your cookbook this week. The Cassoulet looks like a delicious way to warm up this weekend as the weather has just turned a bit chilly. I really love your blog, keep up the excellent postings.

  • Jennifer says:

    Thanks, I do hope you tried the Cassoulet. There is another recipe on page 149, Cranberry Beans with Confit and Crackling. It is delicious and quick to make.