Recipe: Lacquered rack of pork and red onion confit

This dish is a tribute to the crossroads of cultures prevailing in our islands. In this dish, the basics of French cuisine are associated with Asian flavours and spices of the Indian subcontinent. A rather technical recipe, but one rich in taste and texture.

Lacquered rack of pork and red onion confit

Lacquered rack of pork and red onion confit

Ingredients (serves 4)

The meat:

  • 1 rack of wild pig or suckling pig, 2kg
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 100ml soy sauce
  • 20g honey
  • Peanut oil: as required
  • salt/pepper

1. Open out the rack of pork, trim it, and cut the bone to uniform height and tie it. Season it with salt and pepper.

2. On the hob or griddle brown all the sides and then bake at 160˚C for about 40 minutes. Remove it from the plate and let it rest.

3. Mix the ketchup, honey and soy sauce into a preparation which will be used to lacquer the rack of pork.

The pork juice:

  • 20g honey
  • 1 lime
  • 3 black peppercorns
  • 4g ginger
  • 100ml balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 Tonka bean
  • 1 cinnamon stick

1. Brown the bones and trimmings in the oven.

2. Prepare a small mirepoix of vegetables (onion, garlic, carrot) and add it to the bones. caramelise everything together. Once a good good colour has been achieved, deglaze the plate with white wine. Put everything into a bowl and moisten it on the top with water. Cook for about 3 hours, skimming well.

3. Pass the stock through a cheesecloth sieve and reduce it to three-quarters.

4. Caramelise a little honey in a saucepan. Add 1 stick of cinnamon, 3 black peppercorns, half a chopped Tonka bean, 4g of chopped ginger, the zest of 1 lime and its juice, and 100ml of balsamic vinegar. Add the pork juice and cook it again for 30 minutes until it reaches a consistency which will coat the meat.

5. Strain it and save it.

The garnish:

The potates with cinnamon:

  • 500g large potatoes
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 1 litre peanut oil
  • 50g butter
  • Sea salt: to taste

1. Wash the potatoes, cut them into thick wedges with skin still on, blanch them in an oil bath at 150˚C for the first cooking. Drain and store them.

2. Place the butter into a pan to heat. Add the potatoes with the cinnamon sticks and bring them to a nice golden colour. Drain them on paper towels and season them with sea salt.

The red onion confit:

  • 300g red onions
  • 20g butter
  • 1/4 litre red wine
  • 10ml crème de cassis
  • Thyme: as required
  • 2g black cracked pepper
  • Salt/pepper

1. Peel the onions finely. Melt the butter in a skillet. Add the onions and lightly salt them. Bring them to a golden colour and then deglaze them with crème de cassis and red wine. Add the thyme and pepper. Cover and cook until completely evaporated. take them out and set them aside.

Finishing and presentation

  • Pink peppercorm: as required
  • Aniseed: as required

Warm the rack of pork in the oven for about 5 minutes. using a brush, coat it several times and finish it off under the grill so that it glistens.

Add some pink berries roses and star anise. The rack can be cut in front of the guests or arranged earlier on a plate. Put the onion confit in a saucepan along with the apples.

Present the sauce separately.

Sommeliers’ suggested wine

Strong red wine:

  • Swartland, Kloof Street Rouge, Mullineux Family, 2009 South Africa
  • Côtes-du-Rhône Brézème, Charles Helfenbein, 2009 France

 

Constance Le Prince Maurice recognised in Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards 2013

We’re very proud that Spa de Constance at Constance Le Prince Maurice has been recognised in the top 20 Overseas Hotel Spas category, in the coveted Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards.

Spa de Constance at Le Prince Maurice

Spa de Constance at Le Prince Maurice

The awards, now in their 16th year, celebrate the very best of the travel world as chosen by readers of Conde Nast Traveller.

Since it’s multi-million pound refurbishment last year, Constance Le Prince Maurice has become the must-book hotel on the island of Mauritius and is renowned for exceptional service and its intimate, luxurious atmosphere.

Offering Sisley treatments, classes led by fitness guru Isabelle Lamant, and Brice Nicham posture and podiatry treatments, the spa at Le Prince Maurice has been attracting international attention since the reopening.

Earlier this year, the UK’s The Times newspaper named the spa as one of their Top 50 places to go for a body and soul holiday.

Thank you to everyone who voted for us. We hope you can come back soon and enjoy another luxury holiday at Le Prince Maurice.

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Fit and well: how to improve your fitness

As the season begins to change this month it’s the perfect time to make a fresh start and take a new approach to your health and wellbeing.

Yoga & meditation on the beach

Yoga & meditation on the beach

Follow the current trend away from the doctrine of thinness to a more holistic approach to fitness, which suggests that keeping fit and eating healthily will make you feel stronger, healthier and calmer of mind.

What’s on offer at Constance Hotels & Resorts

September is the perfect month to seize the opportunity to readjust your regime and embrace this new approach.

Take a holiday at one of our 7 hotels and resorts in the Indian Ocean where you can combine the feel-good factors of bright sunshine, fresh air and idyllic locations with fresh, healthy food, a raft of outdoor activities, fitness suites and personal trainers.

Healthy fresh food

At Constance we believe that great cuisine begins with the freshest ingredients, locally sourced and organic where possible, carefully prepared in the healthiest ways.

With our island locations fresh seafood is at the heart of our menu, as are the very freshest fruits and vegetables which make any resolution to eat healthily not only easy to follow but deliciously satisfying.

At Constance Tsarabanjina you can watch the local fishermen bringing in the daily catch from the beach to be served at your table and at Constance Le Prince Maurice our chefs take trips daily to the local market to buy fruit and vegetables picked that morning along with the freshest herbs and spices.

Spa de Constance

Spa de Constance

Get in shape

Our personal trainers can develop a fitness program just for you built around your needs and the time you want to dedicate to it.

Trainers are on hand throughout your stay to check your progress and give advice. They will then design a program of diet and exercise for when you leave so you can continue your good work when you get home.

At Constance Lémuria you can improve your fitness in the stunning surroundings of Praslin with health walks around the island, sunset walks to the beautiful Anse Georgette or a sunset beach work out.

Or reconnect with your inner spirit with sunrise yoga sessions on the beach at Le Prince Maurice and Constance Ephélia.

Get active

At our hotels and resorts you can try waterskiing, windsurfing, kite surfing, wakeboarding, big game fishing or catamaran sailing.

At Constance Ephélia you can push yourself to the limit with rock climbing, or improve your golf game on the championship courses at Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage or the stunning 18-hole golf course at Lémuria.

Spa pool at Constance Lémuria

Spa pool at Constance Lémuria

Take time to detox

Let go of your old habits and cleanse your system with a full detox in one of our Spa de Constances.

Indulge in a Purity Throughout treatment at Spa de Constance, Halaveli, including an ocean purity body massage, revitalize salt glow and a rejuvenating spice wrap.

Feel the benefits of a lymphatic body drainage treatment at Spa de Constance, Le Prince Maurice, to detox and encourage fluid circulation and cell regeneration.

Relax with a tropical stone detox at Ephélia, a two hour treatment including a green clay wrap, mini face detox and scalp and deep stone massage.

Put wellbeing at the centre of your life and you’ll feel the benefits ripple through everything you do.

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Cookery holidays in Mauritius and the Maldives

Food has always been an integral part of a holiday, a chance to literally immerse yourself in the flavours of a new country.

Sample the Mauritian cuisnine on offer at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Sample the Mauritian cuisnine on offer at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Cookery holidays

Cookery holidays, on which you spend a few days in a Tuscan villa or French farmhouse slaving over a stove to master the intricacies of their cuisine have become increasingly popular.

But what if you actually want a bit of holiday in your holiday, or you want to know how to cook something a bit more exotic than a Quiche Lorraine?

For those who are interested in broadening their culinary horizon with the warm heat of exotic spices but still want time to lie on an idyllic beach, a cooking class in the restaurant of a 5* Indian Ocean hotel could offer the perfect solution.

Learn to cook in Mauritius or Maldives

At Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius and Constance Halaveli in the Maldives, our chefs offer the opportunity to learn directly from them.

In morning classes – available to book just a day ahead – you will discover the key ingredients and spices that make up the core of the region’s cuisine, and how to delicately combine them to create some of the sumptuous dishes you’ll enjoy in our restaurants.

Fine dining at The Deer Hunter

Fine dining at The Deer Hunter

Le Prince Maurice

Discover the secrets of Mauritian cuisine with the hotel’s Chef Pravin, Chef Ah Youne and Chef Boucher.

Some of the dishes you may learn to cook include:

  • Mauritian cuisine – Guests will learn to cook Creole style fish salad and vegetable samoussa
  • Pastry – Guests will learn to make coconut and pineapple macaroons with Chef Boucher
  • Asian cuisine – Guest will learn to prepare sushi and Chinese shrimps sumai

Belle Mare Plage

Learn about the traditions of Mauritian cuisine in the kitchens of the Deer Hunter restaurant or Blue Penny Café with classes run by Chef Frederic Goisset and Chef Patrick Travady.

Included in the two hour class will be a 15 minute session with the head sommelier who will explain how to pair the perfect wine with the food you are learning to prepare.

Some of the dishes you may learn to cook include:

  • Learn to cook steamed prawns with kaffir lime, pineapple with spicy salt, tapioca and coconut milk at The Deer Hunter
  • Spice Experience – Learn to cook chicken with garam masala and discover the secret of cooking with local spices
Exquisite asian cuisine on offer at Constance Halaveli

Exquisite asian cuisine on offer at Constance Halaveli

Halaveli

The food of the Maldives is an intoxicating blend of flavours from across Asia and Africa so it’s no surprise that the classes on offer cover cuisines from around the region – we’ve even got a French pastry chef to teach desserts.

Some of the dishes you may learn to cook include:

  • Maldivian tuna curry, steamed rice, chapatti and papadum or Mugh Makani (Indian chicken curry), Kashmiri palau and papadum taught by Sous Chef Hammed Siddiq
  • Indonesian chicken satay with peanut sauce, lontong and achar or red Thai beef curry and fragrant rice, taught by Chef Handhi Wijaya
  • Lemongrass infused crème or croustade vanilla poached pear taught by pastry chef Pascal Galette
  • Private one-to-one classes are available on request as are learning to prepare special ingredients such as lobster, caviar and Wagyu beef.

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Colin Montgomerie storms to victory at Travis Perkins plsc Senior Masters

Scotsman Colin Montgomerie claimed his first win on the European Senior Tour as he stormed to a six-shot victory at the Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters.

Colin Montgomerie storms victorious at Senior Masters

Colin Montgomerie storms victorious at Senior Masters

Montgomerie only became eligible to play senior golf when he turned 50 in June this year, and his win at Woburn has come in just his seventh event.

Spain’s Miguel Angel Martin was runner-up along with Paul Wesselingh, who came in with a best of the week 66, on four under par.

Montgomerie’s win is proof that he will become a key player on the European Senior Tour after a hugely successful career on The European Tour, with 31 titles and eight Order of Merits.

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Interview with Halaveli General Manager Renato W. Chizzola

Our General Manager at Constance Halaveli, Renato W. Chizzola, is interviewed by luxury holiday experts, Destinology.

Constance Halaveli's general Manager, Renato W. Chizzola

Constance Halaveli’s general Manager, Renato W. Chizzola

Originally from Austria, and having travelled to 165 destinations in the world, Renato talks about his role as General Manager of the luxury hotel in the Maldives, what and who inspires him, as well as tips on how to get an upgrade.

Read the full interview on the Destinology travel blog.

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