Amanda on April 4th, 2010
Fresh Asparagus

Fresh Asparagus

Spring is in full flow here in the beautiful Quercy. The countryside is foaming with blossom. Rivers of blackthorn, late after the freezing winter have run into the cherry, wild pear, plum and quince, providing a fountain of confetti for the thousands of avian brides newly arrived from their overwintering grounds in Tropical Africa.
As I drove down through the vines yesterday, delicious spreads of butter-yellow cowslips covered the verges. The crowded woods created a chartreuse backdrop and the enticingly warm breezes lured me from the car for a quick ramble through pristine fields of new meadow flowers. Read More »

April – Spring In The Quercy from French Life

Amanda on April 1st, 2008
Gariguette strawberries

Gariguette strawberries

The sweet smell of a thousand fragrant Gariguette strawberries lured me round Cahors market last Wednesday. The day was warm, the sky a cloudless blue and the stalwart stallholders were in carnival mood. Asparagus assailed me as I entered the fray at the southern end; huge bunches of creamy green, brushed with purple. Just the thing for a light supper, dripping with melted butter and accompanied by some good bread and a nice jug of Cahors. I glanced at the early peaches, transported overnight from the glasshouses of Andalucia, but the rising scent of strawberries was becoming insistent. Rounding the corner, where one of my jovial stallholder friends was holding his weekly pantomime with leeks and cauliflowers, I was mesmerised by a sea of scarlet. Read More »

The Lure of Gariguette Strawberries from French Life