Wednesday, March 9th

At dawn’s early light, we marched to the kitchen and found our lines of defense had held through the night.  Breathing a sigh of relief, we decided to drive over to Carcassonne for some much needed R&R.

The trip was made all the more pleasant as we passed fields waking from their winter slumbers…..

white wildflowers were trying to nudge vineyards back to life and trees with delicate pink blossoms were gently whispering that Spring is near.

It was after noon when we arrived.  The narrow lanes of Carcassonne, usually so crowded, were easily traversed on this sunny, winter day. 

The shops were preparing to close for lunch so we headed to a restaurant we’ve dined at before, the Auberge de Dame Carcas….with a homey, rustic atmosphere and wood-fire cooking.

We decided on the 15 euro menu…..starting with Pork Pate served with toasted bread (me) and a Salad with Walnuts and Warm Goat Cheese (Craig)…..umm, umm, good.

Our entrees were absolutely delicious….Pork Ribs with Honey Sauce and Lamb Chops with Herbs de Provence.  The tender pork, coated with a not-too-sweet honey sauce, easily succumbed to fork and knife.  The perfectly seasoned lamb was grilled to perfection….just a touch of pink blush.  A bottle of the house wine married well with both dishes.    

Almost too full for dessert….almost but not quite…..Craig finished with the cheese plate while I ordered the Gâteaux au Chocolat et Crème Aglaise (a chocolate cake with vanilla custard….but it sounds so decadent in French, doesn’t it?).

The well chosen cheeses were served with a mild olive tapenade…..but the Gâteaux!  Oh, the Gâteaux was to die for…..with a flavor somewhere between an earthy dark chocolate and a mild milk chocolate, it was served still warm from the oven….the soft vanilla cream swirled alongside was a delicious counterpoint to the light-as-air chocolate cake.  If chocolate had been created for this dish alone, it would be well worth it. 

After this most enjoyable repast, we wandered the cobblestone lanes…..

window-shopping, picture-taking and enjoying the sun’s warming rays. 

Too soon, we’ll be back in the hustle and bustle of life in California. 

Abientot, mon amis! 

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About Languedoc Lady

I'm a newly retired woman from California getting ready to spend a year (or more) with my husband living the good life in Languedoc in the southwest of France.
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