A story illustrating an ancestral custom – ‘A Chjamata’

There is in Corsica, an ancestral custom which perfectly denotes the sense of honour, duty and morality of the inhabitants of the island.
When the head of a family dies, the objective of ‘a chjamata’ is to reunite all the men of the village, during a work period. This happens on a Sunday, and the villagers carry out in one day, what the deceased would have taken several weeks to do. This event, continues until the children’s majority, and often even well beyond.

Carbuccia 1913.
Barbarella had unfortunately resorted to this gesture of righteousness and generosity. Her dear husband died within a few hours, victim of a hernia, leaving their family and whose youngest boy, was only ten years of age. The child was called Jules-Baptiste...

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Sea urchins with scrambled eggs – seasonal and tasty

As our sea urchins can be found and enjoyed from October to April, this is still the ideal time to prepare an original recipe with scrambled eggs. The most complicated part is in fact, managing to open them !
Adapt quantity to requirements.

Bon appetitu !                                                   

Ingredients:

– 2 eggs
– 4 sea urchins
– 10g butter
– 1 soupspoon crème fraîche
– pepper

Method:

Open and cut the top with scissors. With a teaspoon, recuperate the tongues (orange part). Put aside the equivalent of 1 – 2 soupspoons of the juice, this will replace the salt and also add creaminess to the mixture.
Rince the emptied sea urchins, and keep in a closed container in the fridge for 4h maximum.
Now, to prepare the eggs. Whip them in a container and add a little pepper.
Cook in bu...

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Enter the heart of the Niolu, and discover Calasima

We’re visiting the heart of the Niolu region (north-west), and more specifically: Calasima. This village is known to be the highest one in terms of habitation apparently on the island, at 1095m. It offers magnificent views, one in particular is of the Paglia Orba peak (2525m). In many ways, this little village has been able to remain as it was in the past, and protect itself from needless overdevelopment.

As you have already read and learnt, this region is the land of farming and shepherds, and where local products such as goat cheese, charcuterie and chestnut flour is very much in demand...

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Spotlight on: Jean-Philippe Ricci – International Actor

The cinema is an unquestionable passion we thrive upon, nourishing our sensitivity, quenching our longing to be transported to existing or hypothetical surroundings, and our desire to comprehend the inconceivable and mysterious – pieces of a puzzle we do our best to struggle with at times, in order to fully extract the intended implications. Emotions take us by the hand, and also lead us astray. Without fail, my mind automatically drifts to Fellini’s words when I reflect on the cinema in general – ‘There is no end, there is no beginning, there is only the infinite passion of life‘ – and life as we know, can be so overwhelming; overpowering and generous with surprises, developments, and the unexpected.

Meeting Jean-Philippe Ricci offered an opportunity to share and exchange some of these im...

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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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