Mounjetado/Mongetado – cassoulet in Ariège

There are a lot of recipes for cassoulet here in the southwest of France. Castelnaudary, Carcassonne or Toulouse fight for the crown of the best recipe or the most original one. Cassoulet is a hearty dish and meant for winter, but restaurants here serve it to tourists in the summer when a lighter diet mayRead More

Grilled pork chops with chorizo on a bed of endives

A tasty meal does not need to be complicated. Endives are in season, it is a healthy vegetable with a bitter taste and as a standalone it is not appreciated by many. In the Netherlands, they present the endives rolled into a slice of ham and with a molten cheese sauce. That tastes good butRead More

Spareribs with a garlic and chilli sauce

On our village market there is a stall of a butcher specialising in pork. The Landsmann family comes form the east of France, where many people live with German-sounding names due to the changing position of the borders over the centuries. One of his best-selling products is ‘travers de porc’; a cut of ribs withRead More

Dandelion salad with pork chops

Yes, the French even eat flower leaves, as do ruminants, and they have a good reason because it contains many valuable nutrients. I guess the taste was acquired by foragers in times of poverty and famine but even in our times of abundance and heavy diets the leaves are wonderful for the body. The nameRead More

Rack of pork with two apples, lemon grass and ginger

A lovely Sunday lunch or dinner dish, combining hearty pork meat with apples and adding an Asian touch. Because of the apples, I could not resist using some cider. Ingredients 500 grammes of boned rack of pork (or shoulder) tied up as a roast Four Granny Smith apples Four Boskoop apples Two sticks of lemonRead More