Monthly Archives September 2016

An idea for seasonal fruit: Fig Tart

We have indeed many fig trees here, and in September the harvest is finished.

Very easy to make, just heat your oven at 180° to start off with.
Ingredients:
– 1 puff or shortcrust pastry
– 1k figs
– Corsican honey
– 20g butter
– sugar
Preparation:
Wipe with a cloth (no water, for they could become saturated). Cut into slices and put aside – avoid cutting thick slices, for they won’t all cook in the same way.
Place the pastry (puff or shortcrust) in a baking tin (with greaseproof paper beforehand). Prick with a fork.
Spread the freshly sliced figs on the bottom, and cover with Corsican honey (you can use a brush).
Top with a few pieces of butter.
Finish by sprinkling a little powdered sugar.
Put into the oven for around 25m, at 180°
Once the tart is cooked, allow to cool...
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The Legend of the Seven Windmills

moulin à vent du Cap Contes et Legèndes Corses (Fb)During the Corsican wars, there was a family living near Ajaccio – the Orotesi family. Wanting to protect their wealth from future plundering, it was buried so well that it was never to be found …
Now, in order to meet the needs of the family and raise their son Théobald, the father became a miller. From all of his twenty years of age, Théobald was by far the best looking boy in the country – and Ginésia, the daughter of the Montichi Podesta, fell in love with him. However, her father did not have the same vision at all – fi !!! to marry the son of a miller ! but, he had Théobald come to see him and promised his daughter in marriage, if he became rich. The young man left Ajaccio and returned to his windmill. A storm broke out and caught him on his way back.
On a path in the maqui...
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Wild garlic ‘Agliu salvaticu’ as a medicinal plant

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Another medicinal plant to add to our collection (which is growing constantly). Notice how pretty they all are too.

Wild garlic belongs to the family of alliaceous plants. Found usually in shaded and moist areas. The bulbs and the more aery parts are used. Possessing properties that resemble those of the common garlic, it lowers blood pressure and prevents arteriosclerosis, relieves stomach aches and facilitates digestion in general. It is also used to treat diarrhoea, colics due to indigestion and even stimulates the appetite. Along with all the above, it is also used as a vermifuge. Garlic purifies and removes toxins from our body, and has a very positive effect on circulation.

When used as a spice: the leaves are finely cut and added to soups, sauces and salads.
When used as a tincture...
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A few words on: The Greeks in Cargèse

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The Greeks in Cargèse are a minority living in Corsica; culturally and linguistically related to the course of the population. And although the island was colonised locally by them, (notably, the town of Aléria), the population is more so that of the XVII century.
The Peloponnese peninsula of Uriginari Maina decided to abandon their homeland, occupied by the Ottomans, and a search for a new home started around 1663.

The territory was visited by John Stefanopoli. After the devastation carried out by the Ottomans, preparations were accelerated for the exodus. On October 3rd, 1675, seven hundred and thirty embarked on a ship – destination Genoa, arriving on January 1st, 1676.

With the money supplied by Genoa, the Greeks were able to construct five villages within a year...

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‘Lamaghja’ Blackberry – how to benefit from the advantages

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‘Lamaghja’ can be used to treat sore throats and mouth infections, ulcers and diarrhoea.

 

Decoction for internal use:
For 1 cup of herbal tea, use:
50g blackberry leaves
500ml water
Add the leaves to the water and bring to the boil, continue for another 10m.
Filter and allow to cool.
Drink 4 to 5 cups per day.
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