Recipe: Grilled squid and Moofushi chilli tomato preserve

When we receive a delivery of squid, we serve it the same evening. We simply cook grilled squid in front of our customers. A delight of simplicity!

Grilled squid and Moofushi chilli tomato preserve

Grilled squid and Moofushi chilli tomato preserve

For those who like it, the chilli tomato preserve has something of a “cheeky” side that emphasises the texture of the squid without overpowering it. This preserve was born… out of an ordering mistake!

We ordered too many crates of tomatoes and peppers and we were afraid they would go off. So the recipe was created by chance. But given the success of this condiment, it has become one of the hotel’s staples and its composition continues to evolve.

Ingredients (serves 4)

The squid:

  • 600g squid fillets
  • 30ml olive oil
  • 30ml lemon juice
  • Salt/pepper

1. Clean the squid fillets, removing the thin film. Rinse them well and score them lightly with a sharp knife.

2. Mix the olive oil with lemon juice, the salt and pepper, and marinate the fillets for 30 minutes.

The chilli tomato preserve:

  • 300g whole peeled tomatoes
  • 2 red chilli peppers
  • 1 star anise (lightly toasted, then crushed in mortar)
  • 250g sugar
  • 5g garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 70ml white wine vinegar
  • 40ml Thai Fish Sauce (Nuoc Mâm)

1. Mix all the ingredients except the fish sauce. Bring it to the boil and let it simmer until it reaches the consistency of a preserve.

2.It will have reduced by a half and it takes approximately two to three hours on a low heat to do this. be sure to stir regularly to avoid the preserve sticking to the bottom of the pan.

3. Season it with fish sauce, which is very salty and must be added gently, depending on your taste.

Finishing and presentation

Drain the squid fillets and grill them on a barbeque.

Place a squid fillet on each plate with a jar of chilli tomato preserve on the side.

Sommelier’s suggested wine

Dry white wine:

  • Sancerre, “Génération XIX”, Alphones Mellot, 2010 France
  • Chablis 1 cru Fourchaume, Domaine Pommier, 2010 France

Visit Mauritius and discover the treasure of New Zealand wines

Time is running out to join Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice in a celebration of New Zealand wines including the opportunity to meet some of the country’s most famous winemakers.

Enjoy New Zealand wines at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Enjoy New Zealand wines at Constance Belle Mare Plage

The weeklong wine event from 15-21 September will include a series of unique wine menus in the restaurants of both resorts in which the New World wines will be paired with exquisite dishes specially prepared by our chefs.

New Zealand winemakers visiting Mauritius for this special event will include:

  • Felton Road
  • Millton Vineyards and Winery
  • Ata Rengi
  • Escarpment
  • Pegasus Bay

Escarpment wine dinner at La Spiaggia, Belle Mare Plage – Monday 16 September

  • Smoked marlin carpaccio, green apple salpicon, honey lemon and herbs dressing paired with Escarpment Riesling 2011
  • Black tiger prawn salad, Japanese pearl, watermelon marinated with basil and pink pepper paired with Escarpment Chardonnay 2011
  • Beef fillet cooked in the pan, celeriac puree, confit shallots, red wine jus paired with Escarpment Kiwa Pinot Noir 2011
  • Lemon meringue tart mille-feuille style, strawberry sherbet paired with Escarpment Hinemoa Riesling 2011
La Kaze, Constance Belle Mare Plage

La Kaze, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Pegasus Bay wine dinner at La Kaze, Belle Mare Plage – Tuesday 17 September

  • Crab meat and condiments, pumpkin mousse with curry leaves paired with Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Sémillon 2011
  • Grilled jobfish fillet with fennel seeds, glazed baby vegetables and mussels with citrus salsa, saffroned matelote jus paired with Pegasus Bay Bel Canto Dry Riesling 2011
  • Spit-roasted sucking pig, grilled vegetables tian with thyme-confit potato with roasted garlic rice paired with Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir 2010
  • Roasted banana with muscovado sugar, coconut ‘dacquoise’, rum ice-cream paired with Main Divide Pokiri Late Picked Pinot Gris 2009

Ata Rengi wine dinner at Deer Hunter, Belle Mare Plage – Wednesday 18 September

  • Mauritian canapés served with Ata Rangi Lismore Pinot Gris 2013
  • Red tuna cannelloni with ‘Dandarangan’, olive oil, citrus salpicon with pink pepper, ‘Victoria’ pineapple jelly, crispy faratha paired with Ata Rangi Petrie Chardonnay 2011
  • Braised beef cheek with Tasmanian pepper, potato purée with truffle oil, glazed turnip and carrot, blackcurrant jus paired with Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2008
  • Cheesecake with confit orange, passion fruit sherbet paired with Ata Rangi Kahu Botrytis Riesling 2013

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Read more about this exciting wine event: Constance celebrates New Zealand Wines in Mauritius

Tempted to join the festivities?

Check late booking availability for both Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Celebrity Chef Sanjeev Kapoor to create gala lunch at Constance Ephelia

We are excited to announce that Indian celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor will be visiting Constance Ephélia in October to create a gala lunch.

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor

Working with the Indian High Commission we have been able to tempt India’s most famous chef to the shores of the Seychelles to create a stunning Indian banquet for guests on Sunday 6 October.

Best Chef of India

Famous for his recipe books and television show, Chef Kapoor also has his own TV food channel, FoodFood.

Chef Kapoor has made it his life’s mission to keep the traditions of Indian cooking alive. As a result he has received many accolades including being named ‘Best Chef of India’ by the Indian government and representing the country at the 2012 World Association of Chefs Societies.

Chef Kapoor’s work in India and beyond

Chef Kapoor has also played an important role in improving cooking and hygiene standards across the developing world. He was Indian Ambassador for the United Nation’s Clean Cookstoves campaign, and continues to work empowering Indian women to start up their own businesses as well as fighting to improve food standards in schools.

Find out more

  • Follow Chef Sanjeev Kapoor on his blog
  • Get a comprehensive guide to cooking Indian food and a list of mouth-watering recipes at www.sanjeevkapoor.com

Book your holiday at Constance Ephélia

Shiseido spa at Constance Hotels & Resorts

At the Shiseido Spas at Constance, guests are invited to indulge in treatments designed to harmonise the wellbeing of the body with the wellbeing of the mind.

Shiseido Spa at Constance Ephélia

Shiseido Spa at Constance Ephélia

This holistic approach is centred around Shiseido’s famous Qi treatments, concentrating on balancing the vital energy which runs through us all.

By blending Eastern traditions and philosophies with Western science and technology, Shiseido are able to offer a menu of treatments which create a complete sensation of wellbeing both inside and out.

Shiseido is available at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Constance Ephélia and Constance Lémuria.

Shiseido’s Japanese Beauty Paradise

Pamper yourself with Shiseido’s two-hour signature treatment in the outdoor Shiseido Pavilion at Lémuria. The treatment begins with a Japanese foot ritual, followed by an invigorating back scrub and steam then a deep back, neck and shoulder massage. The treatment concludes with a sublime 75 minute Qi facial.

Kuroho Body Bliss

Feel yourself revived and refreshed following this two-hour treatment at Belle Mare Plage which involves a full body exfoliation, cleanse and polish to leave skin feeling flawless. Then relax with a Qi body massage and application of Shiseido’s famous replenishing body cream.

Nourishing Bathing Ceremony

Relaxing at the Shiseido Spa

Relaxing at the Shiseido Spa

The ultimate indulgence and path to complete relaxation, this treatment begins with a Japanese foot bath ritual and body exfoliation before immersing yourself into the beautifully fragranced Japanese hydro-therapy bath at Ephélia. Breathe in scents of green tea, cherry blossom and silken rice before emerging for a full body massage and application of Shiseido’s Ultimate Nourishing Body Cream.

What our beauty therapists say

Following a recent Shiseido Spa training day we asked our Shiseido therapists what they thought about the luxury skincare brand. This is what they told us:

  • ‘Before I encountered Shiseido, I didn’t really know how to take care of my skin and my wellbeing.’
  • ‘Once you discover Shiseido, there’s no going back…’
  • ‘Shiseido is the master of beauty which brings magic to your skin.’
  • ‘I am proud to be part of the Shiseido family.’
  • ‘Shiseido = oxygen, necessary for life, health and wellbeing.’
  • ‘A special brand full of positive philosophy.’
  • ‘Shiseido understands every client’s needs.’

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Improve your golf in the Seychelles

Golf at Constance Lémuria is a combination of luxury, 5* service and an 18-hole golf course, often described as one of the most beautiful in the world.

Luxury golf holidays at Constance Lémuria

Luxury golf holidays at Constance Lémuria

Golf in the Seychelles

Lémuria is proud to offer the only 18-hole golf course in the Seychelles with greens that stretch across terraced mountainsides with breathtaking views over three stunning beaches and across the Indian Ocean.

Golf manager and pro at Lémuria, Gary Pouponneau, describes, ‘Although this is considered a difficult golf course guests love to play it because of its beautiful landscape. Whether you are a golfer or not you will definitely love the last six holes for their breathtaking view over neighbouring islands and the ocean.’

World Travel Awards Leading Golf Resort in Indian Ocean

Winner of the World Travel Awards Leading Golf Resort in the Indian Ocean five years running, Lémuria has extended the 5* standard and luxury of its hotel to its golf course.

You can even book your tee-off time before you arrive with our online concierge, and enjoy coaching sessions with golf pros and top class golf equipment to rent.

Lémuria's stunning 18 hole golf course

Lémuria’s stunning 18 hole golf course

Gary says, ‘The great advantage that golfers at Lémuria have is that they can play our course alone, that is something you never see on other golf courses around the world.’

Golf pros at Lémuria

Gary Pouponneau is an example of one of the golf pros on hand to help guests improve their game or learn the ways of the challenging course.

Gary has played professional golf around the world representing the Seychelles at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Scotland in 1997 and winning the Mauritius Open in 2003 and 2005. In 2008 he won the Basin Blue Open and in 2009 the Vanuatu Open.

He explains his ambition to become a golf pro and golf manager at Lémuria, ‘I decided I wanted to be the first Seychellois to be a qualified golf professional on the only 18-hole golf course in the Seychelles.

‘I was lucky that I was able to turn my hobby into a job. I love to be on the golf course everyday, whether I get to play or not at least I am not sitting behind a desk the whole day. I enjoy meeting some really great people and helping golfers improve their game.’

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Luxury diving holidays in Mauritius

With its stunning variety of coral islands, dramatic volcanic formations and granite reefs the Indian Ocean is a mecca for divers.

Diving with turtles

Diving with turtles

In the first of our guides to luxury diving holidays in the Indian Ocean, we take a look at what’s on offer for divers in Mauritius.

Mauritius

With its variety of reefs and lagoons Mauritius is a divers’ paradise where you are likely to encounter a wide range of marine life from the small reef dwellers such as clown fish, stingrays, angel and butterfly fish to the larger snappers, groupers, turtles and sharks when you venture further.

Choose how you want to explore the vibrant underwater world at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage with a range of different dive options available.

Underwater safari

Explore the teeming waters off the north, west or south-east coast with a diving safari led by an expert diver who will help you identify the fascinating marine life found in these waters.

Wreck diving

Diving in Mauritius

Diving in Mauritius

Experience the thrill of investigating a wreck and the creatures who have chosen to set up home there.

Swimming with sharks

Discover more about these beautiful creatures with a dive to a ‘shark pit’ where you can feel the exhilaration of swimming alongside reef sharks and others.

Night dives

Uncover the secret world of the ocean at night by flashlight. See creatures normally dormant during the day and see the ocean colours in a whole new light.

Other diving options in Mauritius include:

• Beginners dives
• Refresher dives
• Single dives

Find out more about diving in Mauritius at Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice