Recipe: Stuffed Aubergines ‘à la Bonifacienne’

Just impossible to resist this delicious recipe ! so many ways to serve aubergines these days, but, have you tried ‘à la bonifacienne’ ?
– serves 4/5

Bon appetitu !                                                                                     

Ingredients:

– 10 aubergines
– 200gr mixed cheese (tomme, parmesan, gruyère)
– 2 eggs
– 1/3 baguette bread
– 2 garlic cloves
– milk
– a few leaves of fresh basil
– salt, pepper,
– breadcrumbs
– a little olive oil (for frying)

Method:

Wash the aubergines (removing the stalks), cut in half (lengthwise).
Plunge into salted boiling water for 10mins. Drain, and place on a tea towel to cool. During this time, steep the (inside of the) bread in the milk and scoop out the aubergines – chop into small pieces; likewise for the bread.

Preparatio...

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Let’s learn a little more about: Lavasina

For the historian Xavier Poli, and according to Ptolemy, Lavasina was formerly called ‘Blesinum’. And, although it may have been built on an ancient coastal site, the current hamlet of Lavasina dates back to the XIX century – named A Vasina (La Vasina). The Franciscan monastery and the Notre-Dame-des-Grâces church, located on the coast 7k north of Bastia, are from this era – with the exception of the modern cement bell tower. And, until the middle of the last century, a medieval tower of defense stood on the rock of Castellacciu. This village existed already five centuries before our era – and to the north, the districts of Pietriconi and Causardo can be found. 

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Impressions: A Corsican recently visiting Ireland !

It is not every day that you meet a Corsican who has just returned from spending a short stay in Ireland, and I was naturally very interested in finding out exactly what her thoughts were as regards to my native Emerald Isle.

May I introduce Stephanie. She also runs a page ‘Trésors de Corse’ on Facebook and on Instagram – displaying the natural beauty of the island, with her chosen personal images, from her travels around the island.  
Now, brushing up on English can be a time-consuming process, and the best way is (by far) choosing to spend time in an English speaking country. 

So, why choose Ireland ?  Culture, heritage and identity are more than ever shared between the two islands. 

A definite and constant visible/invisible bond links the two islands, a natural attraction in other word...

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Recipe: Oliose from Balagne

These are typical biscuits from the Balagne area, made with olive oil.
They can of course, be accompanied by a dessert of your choice, or simply enjoyed with coffee/tea at your leisure.

Ingredients:                                                                                                   

– 700g flour
– 200ml water
– 250ml olive oil
– 1 packet of baking powder
– 1 cube (25g) fresh yeast or 2 packets of ordinary yeast
– 1 teaspoon salt
– caster sugar

Method:

In a salad bowl, mix the flour and salt – then, incorporate the baking powder and yeast, diluted in a little warm water. Mix and add the rest of the water and oil.
Knead by hand for at least 5m, until the dough is homogeneous and has a firm consistency – without being sticky.
Allow to rise at room temperature for around 2h,...

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We’re going up north to discover this gorgeous little village.

Situated on a summit at 500m of altitude, this village dates back to the IX century – the houses were built in a spiral movement, thus better defending themselves of attacks from the Moors. We can well understand the original function of this strategic village – which was to keep an eye on its fiefs, and to prevent enemy landings.
Between the sea and the mountains, it has been classified as one of the most beautiful villages. Ile Rousse and Calvi are nearby – around 13k from Ile Rousse and 21k from Calvi. It’s a village that’s well worth visiting, not only for its natural beauty, but also for its historical heritage.

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