Eastside Road, March 1, 2011—SIX OF US AT DINNER, this last night of February, for cassoulet. I never hear or see the word without thinking of Curnonsky's story, about the shop door, uncharacteristically closed to business, with a placard hanging on it explaining "Closed for Cassoulet."
Ours has been a couple of weeks in the making, and tonight the six of us made a healthy dent in the first and biggest of the three pots, seen here before the final addition of breadcrumbs and the final baking.
We began with oysters on the half shell followed by Lindsey's delicious sliced orange and onion salad with tarragon vinaigrette, and followed the cassoulet, of course, with a green salad. Apple tart for dessert.
Champagne, Paul Bara, nv; Bandol, Domaine Tempier "La Migoua," 1985, 1989, 1994 (Thanks, John, for a delicious and informative vertical tasting of this rich, complex, important wine)
• Details on this cassoulet here