Next stop and halt at: Latitude42°

This is the story of a professional skipper who had travelled the world, and who finally chose Corsica one day, to lay down her suitcases and launch her own brand of leather goods and accessories. Emmanuelle Thomas comes from Normandy originally. After having spent some time in New Zealand, she arrived in Corsica in 2011, thereupon to study nautical saddlery with Jacques Poli (over a period of eight months). It was in 2013 she had the opportunity to learn the trade with Solenn Chevaleyre, who was at that stage residing in Ajaccio and who had previously worked for Louis Vuitton. 


Using leather and boat sails, Emmanuelle creates a wide variety of original goods...

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Let’s try: Minestra di Brocciu (Brocciu Soup)

What is more welcoming in winter than a good, hot and healthy soup.It’s also possible using our ‘brocciu’ and in less than fifteen minutes !Here we go then, with a recipe for ‘Minestra di Brocciu’. 
Bon appetitu* 


Ingredients:

– 125g Brocciu-1 garlic clove- 1 oignon – 2 soupspoons oil – 125g vermicelli and/or dried breadsalt + pepper 


Method:

First of all you must add time to remove the salt from the brocciu, an hour beforehand by letting it steep in 1L of water, then cut into small pieces. Prepare the onion by cutting it finely. Brown in some olive oil, preferably in a large saucepan, adding 1L of water and salt and pepper. Bring the preparation to the boil, and add the garlic, vermicelli, bread and allow to cook on a low heat...

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Conversing and exchanging views with: Author/Journalist Robert Colonna d’Istria

My first impulse would be to state that it’s an impressive and vast world, that of Robert Colonna d’Istria – whose career has led him through many choices of fields of work. Author, journalist, lecturer, inspector of historical monuments, collaborator of various newspapers and magazines – to name but a few.

A question struck me concerning his most recent publication: Une Famille Corse, 1200 Ans De Solitude (A Corsican Family, 1200 years of Solitude). Was this a decisive choice for an accomplished career ?
Not really, no. More so a reflection on the island, the Corsicans themselves and how they differ from elsewhere; a type of examination would be a more appropriate way of defining this proposal – however, not only – it is also an interrogation on his own family and his very own story...

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A suggestion for a seasonal dessert: Christmas Chestnut Log

It’s certainly time to start thinking of what you will serve over the festive season, so here’s an idea that may interest you !
A Christmas Chestnut Log – straight from Corsica

Ingredients for the sponge:                                                         
100g chestnut flour
5 eggs
100g sugar
1 packet vanilla sugar

Now for the chestnut cream :
150g chestnut cream
2 egg whites
20cl liquid cream
100g sugar
2 gelatine leaves
100g broken chestnuts

Syrup :
50g sugar
1 glass of water
lemon zests
1 glass eau-de-vie/brandy

Roll the cake. Take 2 large bowls, and in the 1st break 4 eggs, putting the yokes aside. Add sugar to the yokes (both sugars). Mix well until smooth. Add the remaining whole egg and remix...

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A few words on: The Chestnut Flour Mills in Corsica

The sweet chestnut tree – symbol of Corsican culture and identity.  

Chestnut flour is a product that has been rediscovered by the public these past few years, regaining popularity.
And, although it grows in many European regions, it is in Corsica that this tradition was and remains one of the oldest and the strongest.
In 2008, Corsica groups together 35 chestnut flour mills, exclusively devoted to this production. All of those who, in metropolitan France started making the flour for the past fifteen years, come to Corsica in order to study it.
Bernard Biancarelli reminds us that the miracle of the Corsican chestnut is due to Genoa.
‘It is true that Genoa, ruler of the country since the XVI century, obliged the Corsicans at the end of a vast program of agricultural development, to plant fi...

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