Quercy


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Quercy

(kĕrsē`), region and former county, SW France, now divided between Lot and Tarn-et-Garonne depts. Cahors is the chief city. It consists of arid limestone plateaus (causses), cut by fertile valleys of the Lot, Dordogne, and Aveyron rivers. Sheep raising is the chief activity in the causses; the famous Rocamadour cheese is made from sheep's milk. Of Gallo-Roman origin, Quercy (also known as Cahorsin) became (9th cent.) a fief of the counts of Toulouse. It was savagely contested during the Hundred Years War, after which it was united (1472) with the French crown and included in Guienne prov.

Quercy

 

a plateau in southwestern France, between the Garonne lowlands on the west and the Central Massif on the east. The eastern part of the plateau reaches an altitude of 300–400m. The plateau, which is composed of Jurassic and Cretaceous limestone, dolomite, and clay, is broken up by the valleys of right-bank tributaries of the Garonne River. Cuestas and karsts characterize the terrain. There are oak, pine, and chestnut forests.

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Further back are knights from Quercy, Limousin, Saintonge, Poitou, and Aquitaine, with the valiant Sir Guiscard d'Angle.
In the Quercy region, especially, the walnut is harvested in huge amounts, and its popularity and ubiquity is reflected in the many recipes from the area.
Afterwards we refuelled at L'Auberge du Sombral restaurant, with roast leg of Quercy lamb and foie gras from the PS16pp two-course lunch menu.
With wine tours that begin on the terrace of the medieval castle overlooking the Lot Valley, travellers can also savour seasonal local haute cuisine a" the chef's specials are black Lalbenque truffles, saffron and Quercy lamb.
The chefOs specials are black Lalbenque truffles, saffron and Quercy lamb.
These recipes are not for everyday cooks but rather for those intrigued by the idea of preparing (or, more simply, getting someone else to prepare), for example, noisettes of Quercy lamb saddle, with black truffle and potato gratin, or squab with Hijiki seaweed sauce, matsutake mushrooms and fennel seed.
This impressive capital of the old province of Quercy, is really two places in one.
Mommeja was born in France in 1956 and is married to jewelry designer Marie-Paule Quercy.
In Europe, the company acquired Quercy Negoce, a building materials distributor based in north France.
But it also took Merwin to France, where, as a very young man, he bought--on impulse, using a small legacy left to him by an aunt--a deserted house in the Quercy, near the ruins of Ventadorn.
At the turn of the century it looped back to Languedoc and Quercy.