The food of the Cahors is typical of Central France being hearty and generous
and makes full use of the great variety of local produce farmed and grown here. Good soups, garlic, walnut oil, truffles,
wild mushrooms and chestnuts and an abundance of vegetables form the basis of many dishes together
with goose, duck and chicken fed on maize and corn, and lamb roasts and casseroles.
French farmhouse cooking is a speciality of the Cahors region with the cuisine based on local tradition
and local products.
About the Food of CAHORS
When eating our be sure to try the local Foie Gras dishes such as Foie gras mi-cuit et confit de figue maison
or Foie gras poélé or enjoy it in the regional speciality, Salade Quercynoise, a dish that embraces smoked
duck breasts, goose livers and gizzards, with a foie gras sauce and crisp lettuce. A must try is the local
charcuterie in your mind and in your mouth - the air-dried sausages and hams. Enjoy Saucisson sec de
chevreil , air-dried salami of venison. Goose confit appears in dishes such as Cassoulet au confit de canard
et de saucisse de Toulouse . While beef stews such Daube de boeuf bring together aromas of beef, wine, herbs,
pork and the fragrance of oranges. Chicken is an important feature of Cahors cooking with traditional dishes
such as Poulet Chasseur and Coq au vin with that blend of chicken, herbs and wine.
Dessert lovers are well catered for with French batter styled dishes of clafoutis aux cerises , luscious cherries baked in egg batter
and served with cream.
Out and about in Cahors
The below selection reflects wine tour days of local delights, picnics, restaurant meals and
dining at home.
|Asperges en vinaigrette
(Asparagus with vinaigrette)
Plump green-stalked asparagus
with a vinaigrette of vinegar, olive oil, chives, shallots and a dash of
anisette liqueur - a seasonal delight.
|Tatin de foie de canard avec les pommes |
(Tatin of duck liver with apples)
A combination of de foie gras and tangy apples with a balsamic vinegar and meat stock sauce.
A great starter course or luncheon dish.
Marget de canard avec les poires
(Mallard duck breasts with poached pears)
Mallard duck breasted that have
been seared in butter, sliced and served rare with pears marinated in Cahors red wine
|La figue et le Fromage de chèvre terrine
(Fig and Goat cheese terrine)
Layers of fresh goat's cheese with dried figs and topped with fresh figs and a dash of Pastis liqueur
|Pastis du Quercy
A puff or sweet short crust pastry apple tart with a
sprinkling or local marc - very different and available in pastisseries.
Porc aux Pruneau
(Pork with prunes)
Select pork loin chops grilled and served with agen prunes and Reine des
Reinettes apples, and a dash of cognac or Armagnac
Noix et Tarte de Miel (Walnut and Honey Tart)
A very typical dessert from the central region of France with delightful tastes of walnut and honey.
200 g walnut kernels
50 g honey
125 g caster sugar
125 ml single cream
1 sheet sweet short pastry
- Preheat oven to 180ºC.
- Put the sugar into a fairly large saucepan. Place over high heat and stir from time
to time till it caramelises. Cook until a brown caramel has formed.
- Off the heat, stir in the cream and honey to make a smooth mixture. Add the chopped walnut kernels.
- Line a 250 mm loose-bottom flan dish with the pastry. Prick base and blind bake at 180ºC
for 10 minutes. Pour on the filling.
- Bake tart at 180 degrees for 20 minutes, remove for oven and allow to stand for 5 minutes.
Release sides, Push up and remove metal base. Place serving plate.
Serve warm either plain or with cream or ice cream.
- Use the best fresh walnuts.
- The secret is to caramelise the sugar - not burnt!
- If desired the filling can be covered with a pastry top.