Recipe: Turmeric-flavoured yellow lentil soup with free-range chicken breast

This warming lentil soup from the kitchens of Constance Le Prince Maurice is delicious and simple to prepare. Perfect for January when you feel like some straight-forward, one-pot cooking.

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Serves 4
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour

For the soup:

  • 200g yellow split lentils
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 fresh ginger root
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 leek
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 250g boneless, skinless free-range chicken breast
  • 1 level tbsp turmeric
  • 1/2 dried red chilli
  • 2 pinches cumin seeds
  • 2 pinches fennel seeds
  • 1 small stick cinnamon
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 2 sprigs parsley
  • 1.5 litres chicken stock
  • 10cl crème fraîche
  • 40g butter
  • salt and pepper

The tomato chatini:

  • 4 fried croûtons
  • 1 tomato
  • 3 sprigs coriander
  • 1 tbsp olive oil + a little for serving
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

1. Peel and chop the onion, ginger and garlic separately. Clean and finely dice the carrot and leek.
2. In a saucepan, fry the onion in olive oil for 1 minute without colouring. Add ginger, garlic, carrot and leek. Sweat for 3 minutes. Add the chicken breast, yellow lentils, turmeric, fennel and cumin seeds, cinnamon stick, dried chilli, thyme and parsley. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
3. Add chicken stock, salt and pepper. Bring to boil and simmer for 1 hour.
4. Remove the chicken breast, slice it finely. Set aside.
5. Remove the cinnamon stick, blend the soup, rub it through a fine sieve, add crème fraîche and butter. Correct seasoning.
6. Prepare the chatini: cut the tomatoes into quarters, seed them and cut them into julienne strips. Chop the coriander leaves.
7. Mix the julienned tomato, chopped coriander, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Spread this onto the croûtons.
8. Place a small mound of the sliced chicken in the middle of each soup plate. Pour the hot soup onto it and top the chicken with one chatini croûton. Finish with a think streak of olive oil and serve.

Alternative ingredients:

You can also replace the chicken stock with water or vegetable stock, and substitute red lentils for yellow lentils. In a typical creole meal, lentils are served alongside rice.

Spa treatments at Constance – Reflexology

Spa treatment room at Constance Moofushi
Spa treatment room at Constance Moofushi

Our Spa Manager at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Sophie Demaret, takes a look at the health benefits of reflexology.

Reflexology is an ancient holistic therapy that began in China and Egypt.

During a reflexology treatment, the reflexologist will use their thumbs and fingers to massage reflex areas on the feet that are associated with glands, organs and other specific areas of the body.

Releasing toxins and improving health

When the human body is in perfect equilibrium, we call this balanced state ‘homeostasis’.

Reflexology is the art of fine-tuning every part of the body to achieve a state of equilibrium or homeostasis in the body, and so maintain perfect health.

During or after a reflexology session, toxins may be eliminated in various ways such as through sweating, diarrohea, a runny nose or coughing.

What conditions can reflexology help with?

Reflexology has been shown to be beneficial to people experiencing a number of conditions including:

  • stress, anxiety and insomnia
  • migraines
  • digestive disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • lower back pain, neck pain and shoulder pain
  • high blood pressure
  • arthritis
  • PMS, hormone imbalance and infertility

At Constance Hotels Experience, we offer reflexology treatments at our Spa de Constance.

Golf and food at Swing restaurant, Constance Belle Mare Plage

 

Curry bread sandwich with tandoori chicken

The famous Swing curry bread sandwich with tandoori chicken

Golf enthusiasts on holiday at Constance Belle Mare Plage are in for a culinary treat when playing on the Links golf course.

The deck of the Swing restaurant overlooks the 18 hole championship course, and stays open until late. Ideal for a sundowner after a long day’s play on the course.

Chef Rajesh Payanandee has created a special range of salads and sandwiches with flair and imagination, all served in generous portions and simply presented.

The curry bread sandwich with tandoori-marinated chicken breast is already famous. Perfect with a very cold beer after a hard game of golf under the hot Mauritian.

All dishes are served with the delicious ‘Poivre d’or’ local condiments: spicy ketchup, lime and chilli relish, crushed Mauritian chilli and spiced-up grain mustard.

Special offer: save 40% on honeymoons at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Honeymoon dining

Honeymoon dining

Head to paradise for your honeymoon and enjoy a 40% discount for one adult at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius.

This beautiful luxury hotel is set on one of the island’s most stunning beaches along the sheltered East coast.

The offer is valid from 16 April to 20 October 2012, in one of our Prestige Rooms, Junior or Deluxe Suites.

Minimum 5 nights stay, the package includes:

  • daily breakfast and dinner
  • a bottle of wine and canapés
  • flower petals and candles in the room/bathroom
  • seafood candlelit dinner and photo souvenir
  • departure gift

Find out more about this great honeymoon deal, including terms and conditions, on the Constance Belle Mare Plage website.

 

 

Top tips for what to pack when travelling with children

We recently ran a competition asking what item you always take with you when travelling with children.

Kids Club at Constance Hotels Experience

Kids Club with Constance

You sent in some great ideas. We’ve selected some of the best, both serious and funny.

All are guaranteed to help any parent when travelling with children. And some might also act a reminder to pack our sense of humour when travelling with little ones!

The winning entry came from Roleen McNeilage:

  • Balloons and pens to draw faces on them to keep them amused.

And here are some of the other great entries we received through the Constance Facebook page and our Twitter account @constancehotels. Enjoy!

  • Favourite cuddly toy and blanket, with an address around the toy’s neck in case it gets lost!
  • Calpol – you never know when you might need it
  • Their favourite toys
  • A lot of patience
  • Duck Tape – works everytime
  • A portable DVD player
  • A Harry Potter CD
  • Baby wipes
  • Their own pillow
  • Sun cream
  • Crayons and drawing pad, or mini whiteboard and pen
  • Lots of activities and nibbles or alternatively… the grandparents!
  • Plasticine
  • Food - my son can’t go for more than 5 mins without eating something
  • The ultimate kid toy (for boys) for a nice vacation in a Constance beach resort is a small Hot Wheels pick-up truck on large wheels. Perfect to play in the sand. Create a crazy race track in the sand with your son, use shells, stones to decorate the roads, build bridges, tunnels… and you’re all set to enjoy a good book for a few hours.
  • Babysitter or nanny
  • Nightlight – turns a scary new bedroom into a pleasurable experience!
  • New books we know they’ll like
  • Nintendo ds and electronic games

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Spotlight: Constance Lémuria Resort, Seychelles

Constance Lémuria is a 5* deluxe resort set amidst lush vegetation on the pristine island of Praslin, Seychelles.

Beach at Constance Lemuria Resort

Stunning beach at Constance Lemuria

The white sand beach of Anse Lazio is paradise on earth, and at Anse Kerlan you’ll find turtle nesting sites.

Award winning luxury resort

At the recent World Travel Awards, the travel equivalent of the Oscars, Constance Lémuria was voted:

  • Seychelles’ Leading Resort
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Golf Resort (for the 4th year running)
  • Seychelles’ Leading Spa Resort (for the 2nd year running)

 

Luxury accommodation

Deluxe villas at Constance Lemuria

Deluxe villas at Constance Lemuria

Materials used in the sleek design of Constance Lémuria include wood, marble, stone and pink granite. The quality and originality of the buildings exceed the expectations of guests who are looking for grown-up luxury and comfort of the highest standard. All this works thrillingly with the preserved beauty of the natural environment.

  • Junior and Senior Suites offer intimacy and blend with the landscape, offering stunning views across the Indian Ocean. You can relax on your private terrace under the shade of the overhanging palm trees.
  • Luxurious Villas offer a bespoke service as they come complete with their own villa master who will tailor theConstance service to your individual requirements. The villas open directly on to the gardens and beach, and include lounge, dining room and swimming pool.
  • Presidential Villa at Lémuria offers all-out privacy and indulgence, more akin to staying in your own private hotel than a villa within a resort. Perched on the granite blocks of the southern tip of the Anse Kerlan, the villa comes with 3 suites, an outside Jacuzzi, study and dining room. The ultimate in decadence, there are 3 swimming pools situated at different levels, all leading to a private beach.

Divine dining

Beach bar and grill at Constance Lemuria Resort

Stunning setting for the beach bar and grill

Three restaurants located in 3 stunning locations offer a wide range of French and international cuisine blending Seychellois flavours with traditional recipes.

The gloriously inviting bars offer a great space for guests to relax and drink in the night air.

The most beautiful golf course in the world?

At Constance Lémuria you’ll also find the only golf course in Seychelles.

Many golfers have hailed Lémuria Golf Course as a golfers paradise and the most beautiful of its kind in the world – and with truly magnificent scenery spanning views of three spectacular beaches, it’s not hard to see why.

Award winning golf course at Constance Lemuria

Award winning golf course at Lemuria

This 18-hole, a Par 70, was opened on 1 October 2000 and covers an area of 5580 meters. With a free green fee for hotel residents, it offers a great challenge to all levels of players, professionals and amateurs alike.

The design by internationally renowned golf architect was also influenced by Rodney Wright and the champion Marc-Antoine Farry. Anse Georgette beach welcomes you for a refreshment after the 15th hole. The club house offers a restaurant bar and a boutique. Lessons, caddy player and rental equipment are also available.

Find out more about the Golfers’ paradise at the only golf resort in the Seychelles: Constance Lemuria.

Spa indulgence

When you’re ready to indulge your senses beyond relaxing on the beach and discovering the beauty of the island, head to the Seychelles’ leading spa where you can take your pick from the delightful Shiseido or Spa de Constance treatments.

Our turtle programme

Turtle at Constance Lemuria

Turtles at Constance Lemuria

At Constance Hotels Experience, we’re passionate about conserving the environment we live in, and at Constance Lémuria we run a turtle preservation programme.

Our Turtle Manager can take Constanceguests to see the baby turtles move down to the sea. Seeing these primal creatures take their first steps towards the ocean is a truly amazing experience. Find out more about Preserving turtle habitats at Constance Lemuria.

Top travel destination for 2012

The Seychelles is one of the hottest travel destinations for 2012.

Read more about this Indian Ocean archipelago: