Category Gastronomy

Let’s see what’s brewing at the ‘Microbrasserie Impériale’ in the heart of Ajaccio

This is the story of four friends from the same village in Corsica, who decided one day to create and produce their own beer.
Laurent Pietri, Jean-Pierre Giodani, Jean-Luc Pietri and Jean-Luc Bennetti are natives of Salice, which is a pretty little village around 25km from Ajaccio.
They prefer to be called ‘artisan brewers’, which is exactly what they are.

The idea took form from discussions they had together, which led to experimenting in a garage and testing at the annual Christmas market in Ajaccio in 2015. Successful and encouraged, they finally opened in Ajaccio in 2016, in the centre of town – one of those quaint narrow streets where you can find yourself strolling around admiring the architecture and surroundings, also close to where Napoleon was born. 
I couldn’t help but wonder wh...

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Choice of recipe: Corsican Lemon ‘Fiadone’

This is a typical Corsican dessert that everybody loves. It’s not complicated to whip up, and if you are unable to find our brocciu, you can always replace it with ricotta. Ideal for every occasion, it’s popular and delicious.
Serves 6

Ingredients:

– 500g brocciu
– 100g sugar
– 5 eggs
– 1 half lemon (preferably untreated)
– 2 tablespoons myrtle liqueur (or eau de vie)

Method:

Preheat oven at 180° so it’ll be nice and warm for your preparation when it’s ready. The brocciu has to be prepared by putting it into a salad bowl and crushing it with a fork, in order to make sure there are no lumps whatsoever – if you have a problem with this, you can always use a mixer.
Prepare the lemon, removing a few zests which will be finely chopped, and mix with the brocciu...

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Pancakes – with Corsican honey and apple filling

An original and tasty change for your pancakes, which I’m proposing today, using two types of flour which will also bring diversity to the taste.
Ice-cream being an ideal accompanying treat, with whatever flavour takes to your fancy, topping with a spoon of tangerine jam – delicious !     

Ingredients:

– 175g chestnut flour
– 75g wheat flour
– 3 eggs
– 50cl milk
– 1 soupspoon oil
– 40g salted butter
– 2 apples
– 20g brown sugar
– 100g Corsican honey
– salt

Method:

First of all, the pancakes have to be prepared. Add the two flours and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the eggs, and whip until the mix becomes smooth. Thin down with the milk and add oil. Allow to rest for 1h at room temperature. Following this, cook the pancakes in a frying pan with a little butter, place them in a warm oven...

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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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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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