Monthly Archives May 2016

Fish soup – the Corsican way !

An appetising fish soup for your w/end (or whenever you feel like trying it), it’s a tasty change and also invites you to eat more fish ! give it a try, and see what you think.

Accompany with delicious little croutons and a whipped up rouille, to really make it perfect.

Bon appetitu !
Serves 6
Ingredients:                                 Corsica Guide Fish soup
– 1,2kg rock fish
– 4 large onions
– 5 large ripe tomatoes
– 4 garlic cloves
– 1 celery stalk
– 1/2 fennel bulb
– olive oil
– 1 bouquet garni
– tomato concentrate
– salt, pepper

Prepare, empty, scale and clean the fish, leaving the heads – wash them well, both inside and outside, and cut into large pieces. Peal and slice the onions. Blanch the tomatoes, then peel and crush...

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Stepping down into a wine cellar with: La Cave du Cardinal

Cave du Cardinal 5There’s something mysterious and enchanting when you step down into a cellar in general, I’ve always sensed a beckoning to explore; not unlike an invisible magnet.

Wine cellars are fascinating too. You stand in front of thousands of sleeping bottles, almost afraid you might disturb their peaceful serenity – years of competence, evaluation and genuine care.
Nothing represents the idea of convivial sharing so clearly as wine
I decided I really needed to visit a cellar I had heard about, right in the centre of Ajaccio.
La Cave du Cardinal is run by two associates: Julien Innocenzi and Jean-Philippe Martini, and employs three staff members.
Both are passionate and highly motivated – you’ll understand what I’m referring to as you continue to read.
The cellar was opened in 2014 and possesse...
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A few words on: BUSTANICO

Located around 20m from Corti, and in the heart of the Corsican mountains. In fact, it’s on the edge of the Castagniccia (chestnut) forest, within which the oldest chestnut trees belonging to this region can be found in this district. The terrain is steep, mainly because the village is located at the junction between granitic and schistose Corsica – one leaving room for gaunt landscape, whilst the other leads to dense forest. This village holds a major importance for the island’s history; the setting and the triggering off of the Corsican uprising in 1729. Then fifty years later, the sale of the island to the French, by the Genoese. A ‘cradle’ for the war, which led to the Proclamation of Independence, led by Pasquale Paoli...

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European Barberry ‘Berberis Uulgaris’ – edible Corsican berries

I’ll be telling you a little more about the European Barberry ‘Berberis Vulgaris‘ – which is an edible Corsican berry you can find here, and very pretty.

Corsica Guide Edible berriesNow, this very thorny shrub which is common throughout France, unfortunately hosts a parasite fungus which is a danger for cereals, thus being hunted down by farmers. It’s a pity, because in autumn, one can see clusters of bright berries in the form of grains of rice.The harvest of these bitter berries takes place after the first frost, in order to make fruit syrup, jam and even mead. The fruit (which are still green), can be candied and consumed as capers.

Source: Corsica Guide ©
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