White bean, chorizo, tomato and octopus cassoulet, Riberach, Belesta

La Coopérative at Riberach Hotel, Belesta, dinner

Menu from a dinner at the La Coopérative restaurant of Riberach Hotel, Belesta in Languedoc-Roussillon:

Mushroom duxelle on Parmesan biscuit

Tomato gazpacho

Smoked salmon on crouton

Duck rillette on elderberry biscuit

Chicken risotto with ham, girolles, figs, hazelnuts and coriander shoots

Line caught Atlantic tuna, white bean, chorizo, tomato and octopus cassoulet

Local cheese from the Pyrenées-Oriental and confiture de lait

Vanilla cheesecake, fizzy sugar, Mirabelle plum compote, honey

Sudashi cream in pistachio cake, raspberry gel with strawberry sorbet and chocolate mousse

Qin Xie

Qin Xie is a London based food, wine and travel journalist and trained chef.

When not infiltrating Michelin restaurants as a kitchen tourist, she writes about food, drink and travel. Her work has appeared on Yahoo, FT, The Times and CNN.

Her first cookbook, co-authored with YS Peng at Hunan Restaurant, is out March 2014.

According to friends, her watch is always set to UTC -- ready for the next big adventure. In reality, she is happiest at the dinner table or by the sea.

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