Recipe: Pressed terrine of pumpkin and peppermint-roasted squash

Looking for something different to cook for your guests? Try this delicious terrine from the kitchens of Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Fresh chillies

Fresh chillies at Constance

Serves 10 (1 terrine)

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Resting time: 24 hours

  • 750g pumpkin
  • 750g squash
  • 1 fresh red chilli
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 5 sprigs peppermint
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 medium-sized leeks
  • 200g coconut chatini
  • salt and pepper

Finishing touch

  • 10 cinnamon sticks
  • 10 mint blossoms
  • olive oil
  • coarse sea salt, freshly ground black pepper

1. One day in advance, peel and seed the pumpkin and squash, then cut them into large cubes. Finely slice the red chilli.
2. In a large piece of aluminium foil, wrap the pumpkin and squash with the olive oil, thyme, chilli, salt and pepper. Bake in a 180ºC oven for 30 minutes. Let cool, setting aside any cooking juices.
3. Halve the leeks lengthwise and blanch them for 1 minute in boiling salted water. Cool them in iced water, then drain.
4. Rub the inside of the terrine with a little oil. Line the bottom and sides with the blanched leeks. Alternate layers of pumpkin, squash and mint leaves. Sprinkle with the reserved cooking juices. Cover the contents of the terrine directly with clingfilm and put a weight on them. Keep refrigerated for 24 hours.
5. Unmould the terrine and cut into slices. Put a slice on each plate, add a spoonful of coconut chatini on the side. Add a small pinch of coarse sea salt, some freshly ground pepper and a streak of olive oil. Decorate with cinnamon sticks and mint blossoms.

Dream wedding at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Four years after they first met, Helen and Joe Maughan flew out to Constance Moofushi in the Maldives for their dream island wedding.

Helen and Joe Maughan

Wedding bliss at Moofushi

Helen and Joe chose Moofushi because they wanted a romantic wedding in paradise… barefoot with nothing to worry about except enjoying their big day.

After a civil service ceremony in London, Helen and Joe arrived at Moofushi four days before their wedding, which took place on 2 February 2011.

‘This allowed us enough time to acclimatise and also build up a bit of a tan before the big day. We worked with Corinne the wedding planner, and the Food & Beverage manager who helped us pick the location and arrange what time we were to get married.’

After going through the details, Helen and Joe could relax for a few days before their wedding.

The day of the wedding

On the day of the wedding, Helen and Joe indulged at Moofushi’s beautiful over-the-sea spa with a couple’s massage and facial before heading back to their room to share a bottle of champagne.

‘Joe was then picked up by a golf buggy and taken to one of the water villas to get ready. Corinne brought my flowers round and took the wedding bands. I was met at 4pm by the wedding band and walked to the jetty where I met my husband-to-be! We were then taken to the sandbank on a golf buggy decorated with flowers where the ceremony was then held.
‘The team at Moofushi had done an incredible job making an aisle of flowers and bamboo.’
Helen and Joe on the beach at Moofushi

Helen and Joe's dream wedding

After the ceremony, the couple enjoyed more champagne and wedding cake before having photos taken at different locations on the sandbank and across the island and, in keeping with tradition on Moofushi, planting a coconut tree.

As the sun went down, Helen and Joe shared cocktails and had a romantic dinner of lobster and steak on the beach for just the two of them.

Helen and Joe’s tips for planning a destination wedding

‘We would definitely recommend Moofushi – everything went perfectly and we didn’t have to worry about a thing. To the groom – don’t worry about bringing any shoes or a tie for your wedding as the beauty of getting married abroad is it is so laid back.’

Find out more about getting married at Constance hotels

Visit our website for more information about weddings and honeymoons at Constance.

Did you get married at a Constance hotel?

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Constance Ephelia continues with biodiversity work

Last year, Constance Ephelia Resort was awarded a grant by the Seychelles government’s ‘Mainstreaming biodiversity’ project to support improving biodiversity at the resort and the surrounding areas.

Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles

Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles

Find out more about progress on the ETN Global Travel Industry News network.

And catch up on our previous articles:

 

Constance Halaveli wins Food Safety Asia Commendation Award

Our Culinary Team at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives has been awarded the Food Safety Asia Commendation award.

Food hygiene at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Food hygiene at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

FSA Commendation Awards are given to partners that have shown an exceptional standard both in food hygiene and HACCP and highlight those teams that really go the extra mile. To be nominated for an award existing partners must have:

  • achieved an overall audit score consistently over 80–85%
  • an established HACCP system
  • proven to our audit team that they operate to an extremely high standard.

Constance Halaveli under the guidance of Chef Glen Cooper have continuously shown their commitment to high hygiene standards.

Visit our Facebook page to see photos the our team and the way we work, which has led to this prestigious award.

Top 8 washbag goodies to take on holiday

If you’re getting ready to jet off to the Indian Ocean or beyond, take a look at these hair and skincare favourites from InStyle’s 100 Best Beauty Buys 2012 to keep you looking and feeling fabulous on your holiday.

North Beach, Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles

North Beach, Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles

Pre-holiday skincare treats

1. Body exfoliator

Prep your skin so it’s glowing and polished with the delicious smelling Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar Body Polish from REN.

2. Self-tan

Add some colour to wintery looking skin with the brilliant Self Tan Bronzing Mousse from  St Tropez. After exfoliating, use a moisturiser before applying the mousse sparingly.

In-flight lovelies

3. Eye de-puffer

Long-haul flights cause the skin to dehydrate, particularly the delicate area around the eyes. Origins’ No Puffery Cooling Mask for Puffy Eyes is tucked into the washbags of beauty insiders for good reason.

4. Wipe-off cleanser

Cleanse your skin before catching up on your beauty sleep, and you’ll wake up looking more refreshed. You only need a small amount of Lancôme’s Eau Micellaire Douceur to do the job.

5. Skin perfector

Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Even if you don’t sleep well on your flight, Estée Lauder’s Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator is easy to apply and does what it says on the tin, evens out skin tone and adds a glow with its pearly finish.

On holiday

6. Hair de-frizzer

Keep your tresses looking beautiful with Moroccanoil, massively popular since it came on the market a couple of years ago. The key ingredient is Argan oil, which nourishes your hair while smoothing out the frizz caused by humidity, sun and salt water.

7. Best waterproof mascara

Every woman needs a decent waterproof mascara that you know will stay on your lashes in a hot climate, and Lancôme’s Hypnôse Waterproof mascara is just the ticket.

8. Best bronzer

Enhance the look of your sun-kissed skin and some shimmer to your cheekbones, neck and décolleté with Guerlain’s Terracotta Moisturising Bronzing Powder.

 

Valmont and Ila Spa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

The prestigious Valmont spa is now open at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives, joining the cult beauty favourite Ila – making the spa offering at Halaveli a truly indulgent experience.

Spa at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Spa at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Guests at Halaveli can now enjoy a fabulous range of treatments from these sought after brands.

Here’s a glimpse of the new Valmont at Halaveli Spa Menu.

Signature anti-ageing treatments

Hydration: Source of Bisses

  • The skin is re-plumped, weary appearance fade away.

Energy: Vitality of the Glaciers

  • The skin is regenerated, appears radiant and tonic.

Radiance: Snow Bright

  • The skin is radiant and glowing.

Anti-wrinkles & Firmness: Peaks of Firmness

  • The skin is visibly lifted and denser.

Anti-age UV Repair : Princess Pan Deï

  • The sun damage are repaired and the skin is deeply regenerated.

Valmont After Diving Treament

  • Exclusive treatment specifically created by the Swiss Brand for Constance Halaveli Resort.

 

Signature Body Treatments

Bisses purity

  • Exfoliant, purifying and stimulating thanks to the Bex salts or apricot kernels.

After Sun Body Massage

  • A massage gathering gentle effleurages on legs, back, stomach and arms with Body Nurturing Cream.

Mother To Be Body Massage

  • A relaxing and nurturing massage.

Read our earlier article about the Valmont spa coming to Constance Halaveli