Recipe: Ravioli cacioricotta and brèdes malbar (leafy vegetables)

What could be more popular or commonplace than ravioli? Here the ravioli comes in cacioricotta, a cheese made from half goat milk and half cow milk from southern Italy….. but in Mauritius made by a brilliant and passionate Italian cheese-maker, who settled here to provide us with this unrivalled taste.

Ravioli cioricotta and brèdes malber

Ravioli cioricotta and brèdes malber

Ingredients (Serves 4)

The ravioli dough:

  • 400g flour, type 55
  • 1g turmeric
  • 4 eggs
  • 1g salt

1. Mix the dry ingredients together. Add the eggs one by one and knead them until you get a nice smooth paste.

2. keep it cold for at least two hours.

The cacioricotta stuffing, brèdes malbar:

  • 70g brèdes malbar (leafy vegetables)
  • 50g chopped onions
  • 10g chopped basil
  • 30g chopped olives (Taggiasca)
  • 30g chopped tomato confit
  • 8g chopped flat parsley
  • 180g cacioricotta
  • 4g salt
  • 2g pepper

1. Blanch the brèdes in boiling salted water. Let them cool and chop them.

2. Gently mix all the ingredients together.

Making the ravioli:

  • Flour
  • Water

1. Roll out dough to 1.5mm thick.

2. Place the stuffing on it and dampen it with a brush. Fold the dough over, using a pastry cutter to make 5cm diametre pockets. Be sure to close the ravioli one by one with your fingers.

3. Keep in the freezer.

Love apple” tomato marmalade:

  • 450g peeled tomatoes
  • 40g onion
  • 50g chopped leeks
  • 15g celery leaves with the branch chopped
  • 100ml olive oil
  • Salt
  • Sugar

1. Sweat the onions and leeks. add the celery.

2. Stir in the coarsley chopped tomatoes, salt and sugar. Cook until the liquid evaporates.

3. Leave it to go cold.

The Taggiasca olives vinaigrette:

  • 24ml sherry vinegar
  • 24ml olive oil
  • 40g chopped Taggiasca olives
  • 24g flower honey

1. Mix the oil and vinegar without trying to emulsify it.

2. Add the remaining ingredients. Keep it cold.

The garnish:

  • Cacioricotta
  • Rocket
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground pepper

Finishing and presentation

Heat the tomato marmalade. Cook the ravioli in boiling salted water (they are cooked when they rise to the surface). Drain them and roll them in olive oil, off the hob.

Spread the marmalade onto the plate. Place the ravioli on the marmalade. Put the rocket and cheese on the ravioli and the dressing over the rocket and on the plate.

Sommeliers’ suggested wine

Dry white wine:

  • Chabis 1er Cru, “Monté de Tonnerree”, Raveneau, 2009 France
  • Irouléguy Hegoxuri, Domaine Arretxea, 2010 France

 

Top views in Mahé, Seychelles

Home to the nation’s capital, Mahé is a stunning lush mountainous island surrounded by perfect white beaches at the heart of the Seychelles archipelago.

Morne Seychellois

Morne Seychellois National Park

Take the time to drink in the island’s beauty at one of our top spots for views in Mahé.

1. The Tea Factory, Sans Souci

Take the drive up winding roads through dense forest to discover the stunning mountaintop view from this, still-operational, Tea Factory. Nip into the factory and discover how tea is made and buy some local tea before venturing outside to enjoy panoramic views across the western slopes of Mahé to the ocean beyond.

2. Le Jardin du Roi Spice Garden, Anse Royale

Set on the mountaintop with stunning views down to the beautiful Anse Royale below, this renovated plantation still grows and sells local spices. Enjoy the views and local Creole dishes at the plantation’s small outdoor restaurant.

3. Mission Lodge, Sans Souci

Located just below the summit of Sans Souci, this ex-boarding school for freed slaves on Mahé’s west coast has some of the best views on the island. Drink in views across the ocean to Eden island, Cerf and St Anne’s Marine Park.

4. Morne Seychellois National Park

Take a 45 minute walk through the Jurassic forests of Morne Seychellois National Park and you’ll reach the summit of Morne Blanc with views across the island’s lush interior and out to the ocean beyond.

5. La Louise, Eden Island

With its luxury accommodation, eateries, marinas and shopping arcades Eden Island is a great place to visit in its own right. But cross the bridge from Mahé on to Eden and you get a rare view back at Mahé which takes in Victoria and the entire east coast. On the far side of the island are views across the ocean to Ile au Cerf, St Anne Marine National Park and a scattering of smaller islands.

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#UltimateMauritius Bloggers at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Our team of #UltimateMauritius bloggers have been posting their adventures all week – here are some of our favourite photos so far…

Luxury Travel Mom's Keaton after water sports in Mauritius

Luxury Travel Mom’s Keaton after water sports in Mauritius

 

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A beautiful flower captured by Kirsten Alana

 

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The pool at Le Prince Maurice photographed by Peter Parkorr

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Do you dream of a trip to Mauritius? Let our guest bloggers take you on a visual journey as we select our favourite Instagram images taken over the last few days, as part of our #UltimateMauritius blogger trip.

 

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Kirsten Alana captured the plumeria flowers that flow throughout the grounds of Constance Belle Mare Plage

 

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Travel Unmasked’s Peter Parkorr discovers the wine cellars at Le Prince Maurice

 

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Kirsten Alana captures a beautiful Mauritian sunrise

 

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Kirsten Alana embraced a wealth of colour as she explored the local markets

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Top chef Robert Speth to create exclusive dinners for Constance guests

Guests at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage will have the exciting opportunity to savour the food of world famous chef Robert Speth when he visits Mauritius next week.

Robert Speth

Michelin-starred chef Robert Speth

The Michelin-starred chef is returning to the island having participated alongside other leading European chefs in this year’s Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival held at Belle Mare Plage.

Speth, chef at the prestigious Chesery in Gstaad, will be creating two sumptuous signature dinners exclusively for Constance guests to enjoy on 15 and 16 November.

With his emphasis on elegantly simple cuisine created around the very best, freshest ingredients this will be a delicious treat for everyone lucky enough to attend.

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Bloggers discover #UltimateMauritius with Constance Hotels & Resorts

We’ve invited 4 leading travel bloggers from the UK, US and South Africa to visit us and tell the story of the Constance experience through their own eyes.

Uncover the beauty, flavours and colours of Mauritius in the words of four leading bloggers as they take you with them on an adventure of discovery around the island.

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Join our guest bloggers on a journey of discovery

Getting underway at Constance Le Prince Maurice this weekend you can follow their #UltimateMauritius adventures on Instagram, Twitter , Facebook and their blogs.

Our guest bloggers are:

Peter Parkorr of Travel Unmasked (@PeterParkorr)

Peter gave up his day job to dedicate his life to his true passion, travelling. His blog aims to share that passion and inspire others to take to the open road.

Ishay Govender of Food and the Fabulous (@FoodandtheFab)

Winner of the Best Food and Wine Blog 2011, South African food and travel writer Ishay claims that it is making the connection between food, culture and tradition that fires her passion for travel.

Kim-Marie Evans of Luxury Travel Mom (@LuxuryTravelMom)

Luxury travel writer and mother of four, Kim-Marie believes that exotic travel does not end with having kids. She’s travelled and reviewed luxury holidays with her family from as far afield as Rwanda to the South of France.

Kirsten Alana of Aviators and a camera
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Photographer and travel writer Kirsten gave up a humdrum job and unsatisfying life to travel the world and have adventures. She sees her travel blog as a way of giving back by inspiring her readers to live the life they dream about.

Follow and join the conversation with Peter, Ishay, Kim-Marie and Kirsten on their adventures – they’ll be posting on their blogs, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using #UltimateMauritius as they discover the beautiful island of Mauritius.