Category Gastronomy

Exploring ‘Nougat’, with Fanny and her father – taste buds activated!

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When I think of nougat, my taste buds awaken, my mouth waters and the urge to indulge is difficult to control – not unlike many amateurs of this succulent creation, I would say. But, there is nougat and … nougat. When caressed by a little inspiration, that so required ingredient, it can take you journeying through moments of total elation, there’s really no exaggerating here, for me personally, as I had the pleasure of making it myself, at one stage. So, when I decided to discover and taste what Fanny and her father create, I had a difficult time remaining patient beforehand.

Did you know that Leonardi da Vinci was a strong supporter of candied fruit and almonds, and during the Renaissance they called it ‘chamber spices’, he loved it.

At ‘Fiordolci’ (even the name evokes ‘nectarous

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The best macarons in Corsica!

Back CameraWhen fluffy light worlds of flavoured almonds merge and liberate passion and supposition, gravity can within these moments fluctuate and leave you in momentary rapture

This is an accurate as possible description, in regards my tasting Mikaela’s macarons. Basically, I was never a macaron lover, until I tasted her very personal and elaborate fabrication, I was then conquered for life!

She has been established in Ajaccio since three years now, in the centre of the city, where she creates, blends and produces her impressive thirty varieties of flavour, which, I may add, are uniquely made from regional products. Having been trained in Paris prior to her arrival in Corsica, she possesses her unique view of extending flavours, colours and variations.

A few examples here that may tempt your curios...

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Is there a particular speciality in Corsica? – yes, without hesitation: chestnuts

pain à la farine de chataigneThey were always associated to attending a fair or some type of outing, and around Christmas time – until I arrived in Corsica

I really hadn’t the slightest idea as to their importance and representation here. Autumn is chestnut season, and when many people take the opportunity to spend hours collecting them in the surrounding woods. Towards the north of the island, there is a particular spot, the ‘Castagniccia’, and this is the heart of chestnut country in all its glory, where the hills are plainly covered with chestnut forests.

It was after the effects of the Middle Ages, and the great wars, that they were massively planted in Corsica under Genoese command...

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