From natural ressources, Her de Famille creates and offers a second life

Beauty comes in many shapes and forms, and when two sisters wondered what they could do with their findings after frequent walks on the beaches, and in the maquis – they came up with a very innovative and elegant idea.

Sylvie and Nadine live in Corsica, and their story started four years ago, collecting pieces of driftwood and dried wood. I discovered their compositions only quite recently, and remain convinced of the natural, organic, and beautiful association they have had the enlightenment to propose. I purposely use the word ‘enlightenment’, for these creations resemble coral, and yet have absolutely nothing to do with it – other than that they are rustic and beautiful.
One cannot help but be reminded of the power to restore a second life, this power sometimes lies in our own hands, if...

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Why the Niolu region has interested and amazed more than one

At the west of Corte, the Niolu route begins. A mountainous region and ‘home of Corsican freedom’, according to Guy Maupassant – who also compares it to ‘an inaccessible citadel from where invaders could never ever drive out the mountain dwellers’. This area is covered with transhumance paths and shepherds, and has remained a land of legends with strong oral traditions, songs and poetic texts – whose main themes are the ‘vendette’ and the bandits.

In 1840, Prosper Mérimée (who was at that moment on a mission for historical monuments), collected several songs. Vocera di Niolu (a funeral lamentation from the Niolu) is one of these songs. The author of this song is a certain Maria Felice, nicknamed through posterity ‘the fiancée of the Niolu’.
Her story is as follows...

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Suite: Napoleon, Corsica and the Corsicans

Second account: Corsica will find itself at the centre of the French wars.

1793: The Bonaparte family leaves for Toulon. And there, Napoléon will join a French battalion, with mission to defend the boats in Toulon against the English. They set off searching for somewhere to stay, which will be Corsica. At the same time, Pasquale Paoli asks for protection from the English, against the French.
They will settle in Bastia (for less than two years), the ‘Anglo-Corsican’ period, which meant a territory belonging to the British Empire.
Sir Gilbert Elliot is viceroy in Bastia. His nomination makes Paoli leave for England in 1795. Elliot reigns with Charles André Pozzo di Borgo, his second in command.

1795: Napoléon is in Paris, and gets noticed when he reprimands a royalist insurrection, and he ...

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For a savoury change: Potato Croquettes with Brocciu

Over time, we’ve had several propositions for preparing and serving our ‘brocciu’, which remains very popular indeed. Here’s another quick little recipe that you can try out some time – as they say ‘variety is the spice of life’, so add this new one to your collection.

Bon appetitu !

Serves 4

Ingredients:

– 6 good sized potatoes
– 6 eggs
– a few leaves of fresh mint
– 200g brocciu (or cream cheese of your choice, if you’ve no alternative)
– pinch of nutmeg
– salt and pepper

Method:

Cook the unpeeled potatoes in the oven. As soon as they are cooked, peel and mash with a fork, adding the chopped mint leaves. Add the crushed brocciu. Blend in the butter, 3 egg yolks, a little nutmeg, salt and pepper. Knead the mixture well. Whip egg-whites to a light mousse, with a pinch of salt...

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Exchange of thought-provoking reflections with: Antoine Albertini – Journalist/Author

A shared pleasure, meeting Antoine once again, after having had the opportunity in the past, while participating in a debate relating to democracy and Catalonia, organised by the local television in Corsica. I would like to underline the fact that my intention here was not to direct this interview uniquely in the sense of Antoine’s most recent book ‘Les Invisibles’, but to notably determine the importance and impact it certainly holds, along with his personal views on several subjects which we will unfold, little by little, during our line of conversation.

Born and educated on the island and residing in Bastia, he furthered his studies in Paris at the Sorbonne University, and more specifically in financial press law...

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