PCB Creation – the secret friend of pastry chefs

Bruno Le Gac, Corporate Executive Chef at Constance Hotels Experience, reveals an insider’s tip for decorating desserts and pastries.

PCB Creation pastry and dessert decoration

PCB Creation pastry and dessert decoration

The world of pastry has been completely revolutionised these last years. One aspect is the evolution of small operating equipment, moulds and so on.

Design kicked in long ago in this job, and the creativity of pastry chefs has never been so intense. Basically everything is possible nowadays and the combinations of shapes, design, colours and finish are amazing.

One brand I love is PCB Creation. Each time we receive their catalogue, it feels like we are children looking through the latest Playmobil Christmas catalogue.

Below are a few examples of some of the crazier designs they propose. The creativity of the PCB Creations designers has no limit.

It’s fantastic for us to be able to count on this kind of thing to help our pastry chefs enhance the decoration of their desserts.

PCB Creation designs

Angel design by PCB Creation

 

PCB Creation design for desserts

Amazing creations from PCB

 

Constance Lemuria – baby turtles released into ocean

The beaches at Constance Lémuria on Praslin Island, Seychelles are important nesting sites for the endangered hawksbill and green turtles. These majestic creatures return to the same beaches year after year to lay their eggs.

Baby turtles at Constance Lemuria

Baby turtles enter the ocean for the first time

On 22 February 2012, 168 baby turtles were released to make their way to the ocean at Petite Anse Kerlan, next to the resort’s Beach Bar & Grill.

See more photos in our baby turtle album on Constance Facebook page.

Our turtle programme

Thanks to our turtle programme, we’re seeing an increase in the number of nests each year. For the turtles to continue coming, we maintain the beaches in their natural condition.

The success of the programme hinges on the hard work of our Turtle Manager, our work with the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles, and the support of the local community and hotel guests.

And find out more about preserving turtle habitats at Constance Lemuria.

Recipe: Pineapple-coriander macaroons

Macaroons became a huge hit last year, and they’re proving as popular as ever in 2012. For all macaroon fans, here’s a tropical recipe from the kitchens of Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Macaroons from Constance Hotels Experience

Macaroons at Constance

Serves 4
Preparation time: 1 hour
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Resting time: 30 minutes
Refrigeration: 2 hours

  • 310g icing sugar
  • 190g powdered almonds
  • 5 egg whites
  • 25g caster sugar

For the ganache

  • 250g milk chocolate
  • 1/2 small pineapple
  • 2 sprigs fresh coriander
  • 150g whipping cream
  • 50g caster sugar

 1. Make the macaroons: sift the icing sugar with the powdered almonds. Whip the egg whites, adding the caster sugar, then add the sifted icing sugar and almonds and mix carefully with a spatula. Pour this batter into a piping bag fitted with a 5mm plain tip and drop regular-shaped disks, 5cm wide, on a biscuit sheet lined with parchment paper. Let them rest for 30 minutes at room temperature.
2. Preheat oven to 140ºC. Bake the macaroons for 20 minutes. Take them out of the overn and let them cool on the paper.
3. Make the ganache: peel the pineapple and dice the flesh finely. Finely chop the coriander. Mix pineapple and coriander, and refrigerate.
4. In a large bowl, break the milk chocolate into small pieces. Bring the cream to simmering point with the sugar, mixing well, then pour it over the chocolate. Mix until smooth. Add the pineapple and coriander, mix well and keep refrigerated for 2 hours.
5. Assemble the macaroons: lift them from the parchment paper and paste them two by two by spreading 1 small teaspoon of ganache between them.

And for inspiration, take a look at these delightful looking macaroons from Constance Belle Mare Plage on our Constance Facebook page.

Sea creatures at Constance Halaveli Resort

Continuing our series this week on underwater creatures in the Maldives, here’s a peek at the watery world of Constance Halaveli.

Turtle at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Turtle at Halaveli

Dive locations close to Halaveli have been included in lists of the World’s Best Dive Sites.

Diving here is superb for both beginners and advanced divers.

At Halaveli, it’s all about choice:  diving 12 months of the year, easy access to dive sites, amazing visibility and an abundance of sealife.

Enjoy these beautiful photos from our dive masters at Halaveli. 

And if you have any underwater photos, we’d love to see them. You can post them to our Constance Facebook page or tweet them @constancehotels.

 

 

Maldivian clown fish

Maldivian clown fish

 

Black cheek moray eel

Black cheek moray eel

 

 

Protecting sharks at Constance Moofushi

Scuba divers and Blue Tribe Diving Centre at Constance Moofushi are raising awareness of how to protect dwindling shark populations around the world, and what divers can do to help. Their work is part of Project Aware’s Sharks on Tour campaign.

Shark underwater

Working to protect sharks at Moofushi

Constance guests can join Blue Tribe at their Shark Awareness evenings, where they share knowledge about sharks, and information about what the Maldivian government is doing to keep them off the endangered species list.

Guests can also earn their PADI Shark Diver Aware certification and help donate funds to the work.

What is the Maldivian government doing to protect sharks?

Scientists estimate that over 73 million sharks are killed each year to support the global finning trade.

The Maldivian government has made 3 very big steps toward the protection of sharks in the Maldives. They have banned the practice of:

  • catching sharks
  • sale of sharks
  • shark feeding

This has already had a big impact on the numbers of sharks living around the Maldives, including around the Ari Atoll and Moofushi.

How to get involved

You can find out more about Blue Tribe’s efforts, as well as the Sharks on Tour adventures worldwide by visiting the Project Aware website.

Photographs of sharks

Photographs of sharks in the Ari Atoll, close to the Island of Moofushi will be entered into a global competition with the best photographs  chosen as winners on World Oceans Day, 8 June 2012. Visit the Project Aware website for more information.

Send us your photos

If you have photographs of sharks from around Moofushi, we’d love to see them. You can post them to our Constance Facebook page or tweet them @constancehotels.

Recipe: Green papaya achard

Liven up curries and rougails with this deliciously exotic papaya pickle.

Green papaya

Green papaya

Serves 4
Preparation time:
20 minutes
Resting time: 24 hours
Raising time: 2 hours
Draining time: 30 minutes

  • 300 g green papaya
  • 2 tbsp coarse salt
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 fresh green chillies
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • salt and pepper

1. Peel and grate the green papaya. Add the coarse salt, mix well and let rest for 30 minutes to drain out the moisture.
2. Peel and chop the onion and garlic separately. Slit the green chilli lengthwise.
3. Fry the onion, garlic and green chilli for 1 minute in a saucepan, in 1 tbsp olive oil without cooking.
4. Dissolve the turmeric in vinegar and add it to the saucepan. Add mustard and remaining olive oil. Mix well and take off the heat.
5. Rinse the papaya in cold running water and squeeze it carefully between your hands to remove all moisture. Add it to the sauce, mix well, correct seasoning.
6. Let cool, and refrigerate for at least 24 hours. Serve with curries, daubes or rougails.