We just returned from a remarkable weekend visit with friends in the village of Caunes-Minervois, département Aude, in the newly created région Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées. On January 1, 2016, the formerly 22 regions of Metropolitan France started operating as 13 new mega-regions, a federal government measure to decrease administrative cost nationwide. The weekend was truly remarkable in the respect that […]Read more "Of Truffles"
Are you ready for a quick leap back in time? It’s the 13th Century in the Languedoc, where Franks battle Catalans and Gascones, where Saracens, Jews, Cathars and Catholics seek to live and prosper, where minnesinger’s ballads of love and unrequited longing slowly replace Chansons de Geste, songs praising heroic deeds of warriors like Roland […]Read more "Carcassonne – Stone & Wood with Angles & Textures"
Allow me to introduce to you the main implement of cassoulet cooking. Voilà, la Cassole or the caçola, a casserole or earthenware terrine in the shape of an inverted cone with it’s tip cut off. Traditionally, it is glazed only on the inside and along the rim. This interesting term, caçola, is Occitan or òc, the indigenous language of […]Read more "Actualité 2e Journée du Defi Cassoulet !"