Warming cassoulet for Autumn

Meat Free Week starts tomorrow. I know some people who are going to try it out – some trying meat-free and some vegetarians trying animal-product-free and I’m cheering them all on!

The Meat Free Week Facebook page has been featuring a lot of recipe links, and I’ve been checking them out for meal ideas.

Chilly and tired and in need of comfort food

This weekend Autumn has really struck in Melbourne. The sky is grey, the leaves are falling, we’ve dug out our jumpers and polar fleece, and we even had a little fire last night, for the first time this year.

Today, H is studying furiously for a year 12 maths test, P spent last night at a 21st birthday party, and B and I have been up since 7am (on a SUNDAY!) piling apple tree branches into a trailer to take to the green waste disposal tip. So tonight we were all exhausted and in need of comfort food.

Apple tree

One of our apple trees on this grey Autumn day

Chickpea, potato and rainbow chard cassoulet

Amongst the Meat Free Week suggested recipes, I found a link to the perfect dinner (for tonight) on the SBS website. It’s warming, tasty and easy – Chickpea, pumpkin and cavalo nero “cassoulet”.

Cassoulet in the pot

Well, I kind of made it. Two members of the family hate pumpkin, and my cavalo nero has been devoured by caterpillars, so I made potato, sweet potato, chickpea and rainbow chard cassoulet.

It’s flavoured with paprika, cumin, coriander, thyme, bay leaves, tomato – and the best part…it’s full of, and covered with, toasty, crunchy breadcrumbs.

It only took about 15 minutes to put together and about 2 hours to bubble away and make the house smell incredible.

Cassoulet

Whittaker’s dark almond chocolate

In keeping with the ‘comfort food and exhaustion’ theme of tonight’s dinner, we  finished off our meal with carefully measured (so nobody go more than anyone else!!) chunks of Whittaker’s Dark Almond chocolate.

Block of Whittaker's Almond Chocolate

OK, this is just the wrapper, because the chocolate is GOOOOOOOONE!

Now I plan to curl up on the couch and watch a video or two…if I can stay awake that long.

If you’re trying out Meat-Free Week, I know you’ll enjoy it. And if you’re already meat free, give this recipe a go – or make sure you check out some of the other recipes on their website.

Isa, Terry and Vegan Black Metal Chef are here!

In honour of Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Terry Hope Romero and the Vegan Black Metal Chef’s arrival in Melbourne for their appearance at the Corner Hotel, here is the video of Isa’s Dragon Noodle Salad that, apparently, she’ll be making (LIVE on stage!) on the night.

We’re not going to see them – but if you do, please report on what happened. I’m dying to know! (Yes, that means you, Veganopoulous!) 🙂

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12 thoughts on “Warming cassoulet for Autumn

  1. I could have done with that cassoulet tonight – had an average dinner out and just would have preferred to curl up on the couch after a busy day – and I still have a chilli in me from being outside today in cold cold weather – have seen the meat free website – the recipes do look interesting

  2. What a delicious looking cassoulet with the toasted breadcrumbs – I want some of it! Yay, I read about Isa’s visit on a friend’s IG and she was so happy to attend it 😉

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