Suggestion: Tangerine and sweetened chestnut purée verrines

Remaining seasonal and accessible, this tempting, tasteful and original Corsican recipe should find its way to your tables !
Tangerine and sweetened chestnut purée verrines:

Serves 6                                                                                                                

Ingredients:                                                                                                

– 6 petit suisse
– 100g vanilla chestnut purée
– 8 tangerines
– 35g butter
– 35g sugar
– 1 soupspoon tangerine liqueur

Method:

Peel the tangerines, and separate into segments – remove any white skin. In a large frying pan, melt the butter and add the tangerine segments and sugar. Allow to caramelise, and add the tangerine liqueur. Mix, remove from heat and allow to cool...

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The Imperial Gendarmerie of Vescovato

Situated at the entrance of the village, it’s the high tower that can immediately be spotted. Offering a fine and yet distant point of view from this location and its surroundings: houses, convent, main road of access below and roads/lanes leading to nearby villages, forests and rivers.
Nothing escapes its surveillance.
Since July 31st, 1801, this Gendarmerie has been composed of 26 legions – within which one can count 1750 brigades and 750 on foot. It holds a certain importance in this region. And, on November 17th, 1804, this Gendarmerie became ‘Imperial’, by decision of his majesty the Emperor Napoleon 1st. 
When you arrive at the town hall, you can’t miss seeing it and feeling impressed by the height of its summit, that keeps an eye on the plains. 
It’s a strategic site.
It remains ...

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Let’s learn a little more about the village of: PIGNA

Such a delightful village. 
Pigna dates back to around 816, built by Consalvo Romano – the name appears to stem from the Genoese period when it was a well off agricultural region, and signifies ‘wheat millstone’. 
Now, over the years Pigna has become a leader culture-wise. In 1964, the Corsicada association was created in order to bring life back to past trades, and promote the handmade crafts: sculpture, musical instruments, jewellery, potters, engravers. Musicians and craftsmen continue to transmit – also possessing its own music school and auditorium built between 1998-2000, open all year round and maintaining life in this village. This is what you would call a very quaint, traditional village in the Balagne area – around 76km from Ajaccio, and 46km from Bastia.
However, if you are in...

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Seasonal Chestnut Tiramisu

Perfect to end a meal, light and delicious – cool and creamy, with the chestnut bringing autumn flavours to your table. Coming from Italy, it literally means ‘pull me up’ (lift my spirits), which it obviously does, no question about that !

Ingredients:

– 80g sugar
– 250g mascarpone
– 300g chestnut jam
– Speculoos biscuits or ladyfinger biscuits
– nut kernels
– 3 eggs 

                                                                         

Method:

Separate the egg yolks from the whites, which will be whipped up later on. 
Beat the sugar and egg yolks, the mixture must be foamy and white.
Add the mascarpone to your preparation and whip, in order to obtain a smooth and creamy preparation. Whip up the egg whites (add a pinch of salt), they should remain stiff...

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The stirring legend of: L’Agula ‘The Eagle’

That morning Simonè got up a little earlier than usually.

Everybody was still sleeping. His steps made the wooden staircase creak as he slowly descended. The fine smell of coffee he was preparing near the fireplace soothed his anguish a little, but did not free him from the indefinable pain that tormented him.
He slowly turned the key in the lock. Outside, day was breaking on one of those last chilly autumn mornings announcing the coming winter. On the weaving dirt road under the chestnut trees, Simonè allowed his steps to guide him.

Behind him, the village had now disappeared. The fragrance from the maquis was a nostalgic reminder, as all his islands scents were awakening whilst the first rays of sunlight pierced through the branches of trees, like gaunt silhouettes. 

After having take...

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