What are weekends for, if not eating?! Hehe. Well for me anyway, as the weekend is when I catch up with friends and everything seems to slightly revolve around food or drink!
This weekend being no exception… So what did I do?
Firstly, I enjoyed the winter sunshine – it was 21 degrees celsius in Toulouse this weekend. It was incredible to be warm (and without a coat!) mid-November, sat on the edge of the Garonne. The sun setting at 5pm was a gentle reminder that it is indeed winter!
On Saturday afternoon, I made a raw vegan mango cheesecake! Find the recipe here. This time I whizzed up a mango in the blender for the topping, instead of passion fruit. I also recommend using a good quality vanilla bean to make it even more delicious! After a long 3 hour wait for the cheesecake to set in the fridge, we enjoyed it for dinner before going out for drinks.
The great thing about going out in Toulouse at the weekend, is that the metro runs until 3am. This is a new initiative in the city – before the only real option for getting home was to take a hire bike. Taxis are rare here. Walking around the streets trying to find an available bike isn’t the best way to end an evening, so I’m very happy to be able to hop on the metro and get home for a cup of tea!
On Sunday, I visited a château! Yes, more wine! after coming home in the early hours of Sunday morning, I made sure to set my alarm ready for a day trip away. After a couple of ‘snoozes’, I rushed out to meet my friends and we drove to Chateau de Lastours, which is about an hour away from Toulouse. My rushed morning meant I had a breakfast of wine and nibbles – as we attended the open day for the wonderful vineyard at the Chateau. I learnt a little more about wine, and we got to see the caves where the wine is produced. This particular wine isn’t sold to supermarkets so it was a treat to be able to buy a bottle or two of the 2005 Gaillac. A bit of wine education: this wine is labelled ‘recoltant’ which means that the wine maker has harvested their own grapes, and it is bottled on the estate.
We then visited the local village called Lisle-sur-Tarn. The river Tarn runs through this region, and the village is a historic Bastide with wooden beamed houses and a central market square surrounded by arcades. We decided to have a bite to eat in a Basque restaurant called La Cantina, with a menu full of jamón and piment d’espelette and a selection of Belgium Christmas beers…
As you can imagine, on the return to Toulouse the car was half asleep… Back home for a cosy night in with a film!