In an attempt to prolong the summer – I’ve been getting some great little poires Williams (Bartlett pears) in the CSA panier for the last couple of weeks, and their appearance has made me wistful – this month we will be visiting the cuisine of Corsica. This Mediterranean island has changed hands many times over the years, belonging at various times to the Romans, Goths, and Berbers, just to name a few, but has belonged to France since the reign of Louis XV in the mid-eighteenth century. Strangely, Corsica, despite its being situated in the middle of the sea, doesn’t have much of a seafood tradition. No, the Corsicans embrace the mountain on which they live, and instead of fishing, grow grapevines along the coast.
Corsican red wines are made from a few different grapes: Nielluccio (alias Sangiovese in Italy), Vermentino, and the unique Sciacarello, which makes wines that are light in color but bold in flavor. They also produce some very flavorful and refreshing rosés, perfect for the last few of summer’s sultry evenings.
This red prompted Nick to ask, “Why isn’t Corsica part of Italy?” Mainly because its juicy character was distinctly reminiscent of Chianti (and it could well be the same grape). So I whipped up a quick pasta sauce featuring tomatoes and zucchini from the panier – they haven’t started sending us winter squash just yet – and we enjoyed a Mediterranean island-inspired dinner.
Speaking of the panier, and seasonal produce and menus, it’s time for the birth announcement! Croque-Camille has spawned a mini-blog dedicated to the weekly bounty of the CSA, along with ideas about how to use it. True, I’m located in Paris, but the seasonal availability should be pretty similar across the Northern Hemisphere (those of you in the Southern hemisphere will just have to wait about six months). So hop on over to Seasonal Market Menus: A Dispatch from Croque-Camille’s Kitchen, and get inspired! I’m also putting an RSS widget for the new baby blog in my sidebar, so you can keep up to date on both blogs at once. Enjoy!
Originally published on Croque-Camille.