Cassoulet - Le plat Gargantuesque

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A dish worthy of Gargantua’s monstrous appetite, cassoulet is a thundering dish and as such it should never be made or eaten in stormy weather. There seems to be some sort of sympathetic magic going on between beans and low atmospheric pressure, and they may turn on you. I made this mistake when we were eating a fine cassoulet in the gothic Hôtel de la Cité in the citadel of Carcassonne, and ever since that day I have always conjured a vision of gargoyles and heraldic flags, thunderclaps and purple lightning (as well as a quick weather check) whenever I start to think of making cassoulet. Keep it for cold weather, is my advice.