Monthly Archives April 2015

Santa Zita, April 27th : tradition and legend

A traditional feast day, celebrated at the St Jean Baptiste church every April 27th, and directly concerning florists and gardeners. At the end of the ceremony, each believer comes away with a blessed bouquet.

It’s a very moving story aboZia St Zitaut this saint. Servant in a wealthy Italian family, she used to collect the leftovers from her employer’s table in her apron after each meal, in order to give to the poor. One day, her boss, who was of a suspicious nature, threatened her with the worst of punishments, and asked her to open her apron. When she did – flowers fell from it.

In olden days, the market place in Bastia was strewn with myrtle branches that members of the gardeners society went traditionally to cut in the village of Furiani.

Source: Zia Antonia PorteBonheur Traditionnel (tex...

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Tangerine Brocciu Mousse : let’s take advantage of our tangerines !

Ingredients:                                                                                                Casa di Legnu Corse recipe

– 8 tangerines

– 250g brocciu

– 25cl water

– 150g sugar

– 2 eggs

– 1 soup spoon tangerine apéritif (Orsini)


In a saucepan, mix the sugar and water, then bring to the boil for about 10min and reduce to a syrup.

Grate a few tangerine zests while you are waiting, they’ll be useful for decorating later on. Peel the tangerines and divide into segments (delicately remove any white skin).

Once the syrup is ready, add the tangerines and carefully mix.

Remove with a skimming ladle and allow to cool.

Beat the 2 egg yokes with 4 soup spoons of sugar, until the volume increases and they become frothy and light. Flavour with a spoon of the tangerine apéritif...

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What’s the particularity of ————> VESCOVATO (Viscuvatu) ?

Village, heart-to-heart: VESCOVATO

2Capitol of the Casinca, this is a fertile region between the eastern plain and the Castagniccia, also chosen by Marius to establish the first Roman colony. Founded at the beginning of the 15th century, by a bishop from Mariana who took summer residence at the site of a castle named Bel-Fiorito; seat of the diocese until 1570.

It has given birth to some illustrious children too: Monteggiani, Ceccaldi, Filippini (all from the 16th century), and also Matteo Buttafuoco, who invited Rousseau to come and prepare a draft for the Corsican Independent Constitution (1764).

Both Mirabeau and Murat spent some time here – Murat in 1815, just before his unfortunate tentative to reconquer the kingdom of Naples.

Prehistoric remains, with civil and sacred architecture...

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Part 2 : Pasquale Paoli – General, Patriot and Democrat

Pasquale Paoli Nutizie NustraleIndependent Corsica:

Corsica establishes itself as an independent state, in rupture with the absolute monarchies of Europe – made concrete by the promulgation of an original written Constitution, adopted by the Corte Consulta (16-18th Nov, 1755). Considered as the first democratic Constitution of modern times, and applied long before the French Revolution, it is highly admired by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (social contract), Voltaire, James Boswell and many of the Enlightenment thinkers. Separation of powers, elective principles at all levels, votes for women (heads of households), direct democracy, the creation of capitol, an army of the people, a navy, a national printer, a currency, a national newspaper (Ragguagli dell’isola di Corsica), a university in Corte with the spiri...

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Part 1 : Pasquale Paoli – General, Patriot, and Democrat

Pasquale Paoli Nutizie NustralePasquale Paoli (April 6th, 1725 in Merusaglia – February 5th, 1807 in London). Politician, inspired by the philosophical ideas of the Italian Luminati; General, patriot, democrat and leader of the Corsican Independent Nation.

The Corsican rebellion which took place in 1729-1743, and also that of the Corsican Republic in 1755-1769, served as references in the construction of the Corsican identity – allowing us to better comprehend the reasons of the struggle today. Pasquale Paoli is certainly the most renowned emblematic figure of this period.

His personality and his actions indeed interested those beyond the historians and the borders of Corsica...

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