Recipe: chicken and prawn fricassee, stewed Chinese bredes with boucane

Red and green chillies

Red and green chillies

It’s Father’s Day in the UK on Sunday 19 June.

Here’s a special recipe for all the Dads out there from Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius. Enjoy your day.

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

Ingredients for the fricassée

  • 4 boned chicken legs
  • 8 large shelled prawns
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1 fresh green chilli
  • 5 sprigs thyme
  • 6 curry leaves
  • 5 sprigs parsley
  • 4 diced tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp tomato coulis
  • 5 sprigs coriander
  • 6 tbsp oil
  • salt and pepper

For the stewed Chinese brèdes

  • 1 Chinese cabbage
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 100g boucane (smoked pork belly)
  • 1 dried red chilli
  • salt and pepper

1. Make the fricassée: peel the onion and garlic. Chop them separately, chop the thyme, curry leaves, parsley and coriander. Cut each chicken leg in 4 pieces, add salt and pepper, then brown the chicken in 2 tbsp of hot oil in a frying pan. Set aside.

2. Season the prawns with salt and pepper. Sear them for 5 minutes in 2 tbsp of hot oil. Set aside.

3. In a saucepan, sweat the onion, garlic and ginger in oil for 2-3 minutes without colouring. Add the diced tomato and let stew for 10 minutes. Add the thyme, curry leaves, parsley, the chilli split in two lengthways and the tomato coulis. Stew for a further 10 minutes on low heat. Add the chicken and simmer for 15 minutes on low heat; then add the prawns. Simmer for 5 minutes and correct seasoning.

4. Prepare the Chinese brèdes: clean the Chinese cabbage and chop the leaves. Peel the onion and garlic, chop them separately. Chop the red chilli. Dice the smoked pork belly and cook it in boiling water for 20 minutes. Drain.

5. In a saucepan, brown the onion, garlic and pork belly in oil for 3 minutes without colouring. Add the brèdes and the chopped dried chilli, season with salt and pepper. Cover and stew for 10-12 minutes on low heat. Correct seasoning.

6. Serve this chicken and prawn fricassée with the stewed Chinese brèdes, plain white rice or bread.

Let us know how you get on, and send us your comments and pictures of your own chicken and prawn fricassée. You can get in contact with us via Twitter, Facebook or the comments section below.

You can also purchase the Prince Maurice recipe book that contains this recipe and 50 more from our online store.

BBC Good Food Show Summer 2011

Strawberry

Summer strawberry

The BBC Good Food Show Summer 2011 is underway at the NEC in Birmingham, and runs until Sunday 19 June.

A summer-must for all foodies out there, the show is chock full of presentations, things to try, demos and freebies.

Highlights include:

  • Top chefs – including James Martin and Rachel Allen – demonstrating delectable summer recipes for you to try at home
  • Masterchef Live – an unmissable opportunity for all Masterchef fans
  • Producers Village– your chance to chat to small speciality producers and sample local, seasonal produce
  • Grow your own – top tips on how to get the tastiest fruit and veg out of even the smallest of plots.

Tickets are available online from the BBC Good Food Show Summer website.

Also check out A Food Lover’s Diary – sharing recipes and adventures in food.

Each week we publish favourite recipes from the Constance kitchens.

New competition: the item I can't go on holiday without is…

Win a magnum of champagne

Will you choose Deutz Champagne, a Serge Lutens Fragrance or Art De Vignes wine?

Win your choice of a Magnum of Champagne Deutz, an amazing bottle of Wine from Art De Vignes or a bottle of one of France’s finest fragrances from Serge Lutens by entering our new competition.

To enter is simple, all you need to do is tell us the item you can’t go on holiday without.

You can comment on this blog post below, tweet us @constancehotels or post on our Facebook page saying:

The item I can’t go on holiday without is….[your comment here]

You can attach pictures if you want to and you can enter as many times as you like.

All eligible entries will be entered into a prize draw – if your entry wins, you can choose which of the above three prizes you’d like – but you can only win one of them!

The competition closes at midnight GMT on Tuesday 20 June. You can read our terms and conditions here.

Visit our Facebook or Twitter page to enter. Good luck!

Le Prince Maurice Prize for romantic literature

The winners of the 9th Le Prince Maurice Prize for romantic literature are Sophie Fontanel for her novel ‘Grandir’ (Robert Lafont) and Kéthévan Davrichewy for her novel ‘La mer noire’ (Sabine Wespieser).

Winning authors of the 2011 Le Prince Maurice prize for literature

Winning authors of the 2011 Le Prince Maurice prize for literature

The award ceremony took place on 11 June 2011. The winners were chosen from a shortlist of three authors, which also included Kettly Mars novel ‘Saisons Sauvages’.

The event was chaired by Daniel Picouly. The panel of judges included famous authors Paule Constant, Marc Lambron and Alain Mabanckou, and Mauritian writers Kumari Issur, Carl de Souza and Alain Gordon-Gentil.

The annual event marks an important cultural exchange between Mauritius, France and the UK. It celebrates the best in literary love stories, and alternates each year between French and British novelists.

This year, a new student prize was also introduced – offering a one-year grant to a Mauritian student to study at a French or English university. This year’s winner is Ambreen Rojee.

Winners of 2011 Le Prince Maurice prize for literature

Sophie Fontanel, Ambreen Rojee and Kéthévan Davrichewy (from left to right)

The authors get a second chance to visit Mauritius, to enjoy their prize of a 15-day holiday at the luxury Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Read our blog about celebrities who have supported Le Prince Maurice prize.

US Open Golf 2011 gets underway, 16–19 June

Golfer hitting ball

US Golf Open 2011

This year’s US Open golf championship at the Congressional Country Club in Bethseda, Maryland, 16-19 June, will see the best 156 golfers in the world playing for the $7,000,000 prize.

Tiger Woods has confirmed he won’t be playing due to left knee and achilles’ tendon injuries. Tim Clark from South Africa has also withdrawn due to an elbow injury.

  • Keep up to date with the latest action at the Congressional Country Club with the US Open website.
  • For the latest golf news and views, check out the Armchair golf blog.
  • And see what the writers at the Washington Post think about this year’s championship.

The winner of our most romantic holiday snap competition is…

Romantic sunset holiday picture

@lauraball123's winning romantic holiday snap

Many thanks to everyone who entered our #winfizz competition on Twitter this week.

All of your wonderful entries were place in our prize drawer and the lucky winner whose photograph was drawn is…

@lauraball123!

Many congratulations to Laura, a magnum of champagne will be winging its way to you shortly.

We had an amazing response to the competition and would like to thank everyone who entered. Here’s a couple of the other entries:

wedding on beach, bride in her bridal dress

Reuben Freeman and his beautiful bride on the beach

Couple enjoying the sun on holiday

A very happy couple! Entry from Hannah Davidson

Dressing gowns laid out on a bad - competition entry
Romantic dressing gowns from @alittlebitmoe

We’ll be launching another weekly competition later on today, so watch this space – and remember, you can still enter our amazing competition to win a holiday to Mauritius until 22 June.

As a thank you, here are just a few of the other worthy entries to the #winfizz competition on Twitter. Why not enter our next competition this week, guys – you might be luckier next time?