Recipe: Ginger-flavoured peanut chatini

Fresh root ginger

Fresh root ginger

This delicious chatini is similar to a chutney. Super tasty, it’s very quick and easy to prepare. Serve with tropical fish and meat dishes, particularly curries.

Serves 4
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 400g shelled peanuts, skins removed
  • 250g watermelon flesh
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 5 sprigs coriander
  • 1 fresh green chilli
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 lemongrass stalks
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger
  • salt and pepper

1. Toast the peanuts for 10 minutes in a 180ºC oven.
2. Gather all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and blend into a smooth paste. Check seasoning.
3. Store in the fridge until needed.

This recipe appears in our book, ’100% Mauritius – 52 recipes from the Prince Maurice’. You can buy the recipe book from our online store.

Ayurvedic massage at Constance Le Prince Maurice

At Constance Le Prince Maurice we offer some wonderful Ayurvedic treatments, to help restore equilibrium to your mind, body and spirit.

Spa de Constance treatment room

Spa de Constance treatment room

Ayurveda is the traditional medicine of India that aims to prevent illness. It emphasises re-establishing balance in the body through diet, lifestyle, exercise and body cleansing.

Ayurveda is based on the premise that the universe is made up of 5 elements: air, fire, water, earth and ether. These elements are represented in humans by 3 doshas, or energies: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

The three doshas

When any of the doshas accumulate in the body beyond the desirable limit, the body loses its balance. Every individual has a distinct balance, and our health and well-being depend on getting a right balance of the three doshas.

  • Vata relates to air and ether elements. Vata is seen as the force that directs nerve impulses, circulation, respiration, and elimination.
  • Kapha relates to water and earth elements. Kapha is responsible for growth and protection - the cerebral-spinal fluid that protects the brain and spinal column are examples of Kapha.
  • Pitta relates to fire and water elements. Pitta governs metabolism – the transformation of foods into nutrients, as well in the organ and tissue systems.

Treatments at Le Prince Maurice

Massage oils used at Spa de Constance

Massage oils

If you’re heading to Le Prince Maurice, visit our spa and indulge your senses with one of these Ayurvedic treatments:

Shirodhara massage

Warm, herbalised sesame oil is dripped in a stream onto the forehead to profoundly relax the nervous system and balance the prana vata – the dosha that exerts control over the brain.

Shirobhyanga massage

A head and scalp massage, using warm oil, to help relieve tension.

Abhyanga massage

This four hands massage tones and relieves tension so you can regain energy and vitality.

If you want to know more this resort, read our article – Spotlight: Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius. 

 

 

Special offer: Newly weds enjoy 20% discount on villa at Constance Lemuria

Villa at Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Villa at Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Enjoy total privacy on your honeymoon – stay in one of our fabulous villas at Constance Lemuria and get 20% off the price.

The offer is valid until 15 December for a stay of 5 nights or more in one of our pool or presidential villas.

The package includes:

  • bottle of champagne
  • lobster dinner, excluding drinks
  • daily breakfast and dinner
  • daily afternoon tea
  • daily evening canape

Find out more about this great honeymoon offer, including terms and conditions.

 

Architectural design at our Constance resorts

Entrance to Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Entrance to Le Prince Maurice

Constance resorts have earned themselves a reputation for elegance and an attention to personal service that makes you feel you’ve joined a luxury members’ club.

But what these resorts also offer are beautifully proportioned spaces in which you can totally unwind and relax.

In the first of our series, here’s an insight into the work of the architectural and design teams behind Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Lotus lounge at Le Prince Maurice

Lotus lounge at Le Prince Maurice

Le Prince Maurice is our deluxe 5* resort in Mauritius, and part of the exclusive Relais & Chateaux group.

Mauritian architect Jean Marc Eynaud was the mastermind behind the resort, which opened in 1998 after 9 months of construction and more than 3 years of planning.

Architectural vision

When designing the entrance to the hotel, the architects and concept designers were inspired by Greek temples and the way a succession of halls lead to a god or goddess.

As you approach the main entrance of Le Prince Maurice, steps take you up to a walkway over a small wooden bridge. Ahead, 2 columns narrow the field of vision, before opening up to a wide area where you enjoy panoramic views of the resort.

And if you arrive at night, the visual effects are inverted as the focus flips onto the hotel itself with the architectural play on perspective coming from the lights.

Feng Shui harmony

Dawn at Le Prince Maurice
Dawn at Le Prince Maurice

Feng Shui principles were used when designing the hotel, and the result is a triumph. Anyone who spends time in this energising space is treated to a wonderful sense of equilibrium and well-being. Here are some of the key elements at play.

  • Beds are high above floor level to help the circulation of Qi, or energy.
  • In the first hall of L’Archipel restaurant, internal concrete columns are at the centre of the hall (the wooden ones are external) increasing the concentration of energy in the centre of the space.
  • The Lounge Bar design is dedicated to the lotus flower, the symbol of life and the interplay of the yin and yang.
  • The gardens have been created to give a natural impression with touches that are at first invisible to the eye – hundreds of night jasmine start to flower when the sun sets, filling the air with their heady perfume.

Find out more about our Constance resorts

If you want to know more about these and some of our other resorts, check out these other articles:

 

How to: aerate and decant wine

Our Head Sommelier at Constance, Jérome Faure, takes you through the steps to aerate and decant wine.

Decanted wine

Decanted wine

There’s a French word, carafage, which you probably won’t find in any dictionary even though it’s regularly used by wine experts and enthusiasts. For some, it simply means ‘pouring the contents of a bottle into a carafe’.

There are 2 ways that explain the why and how of carafage – to aerate (or let wine breathe) and to decant.

Aerating wine

Aerating is used with a young wine. Some wines need to be allowed to breathe to be at their best. Full-bodied young wines as well as certain types of wine made from particular grape varieties such as chardonnays, rieslings and pinots (blanc and gris) need to be aerated so they can flourish.

There are other wines that don’t need aerating, such as sauvignons. Wines with an oaky flavour and wines with a musty taste (gout de reduit) benefit from being transferred into a carafe, as do wines with a slight effervescence.

Aeration is also good for wines that taste strongly of tannin, to soften its impact.

Decanting wine

White wine in a glass

Letting the wine breathe

Decanting is used for wines of a certain age (usually 10 years or older) to separate the liquid from any sediment, or solid particles.

But decanting aged wine isn’t always appropriate because some old wines simply can’t take the process. The purpose of decanting isn’t oxygenation, quite the opposite in fact.

Choosing the right carafe

Even though some people are of the opinion that only red wines need decanting – when in fact white wines may need it more often – it’s always good to bear in mind that each wine is unique and requires a particular kind of carafe.

For aerating wine, it’s best to use a carafe with a broad base and a wide neck so that the wine has plenty of contact with the air. The more full-bodied the wine, the more important aeration becomes – so the carafe should be flatter and broader. The aim is to bring the wine into contact with the air.

However, an old wine needs to be handled with care, and requires a carafe with a narrow neck and fairly narrow base.

When choosing a carafe, also ask yourself these questions:

  • will the shape of the neck allow you to pour the wine easily into a glass?
  • is it a carafe that can be easily handled?
  • will the carafe be easy to wash and dry?
  • is it a carafe that will be really stable when filled with wine and placed on the table?

Find out more

If you’ve got any specific questions about this topic, you can contact us via Twitter, Facebook or use the comments section below.

New Spa & Wellness Manager joins the team at Constance Halaveli

Marissa Garcia Junio

Marissa Garcia Junio

Marissa Garcia Junio has  joined our team as Spa & Wellness Manager at Constance Halaveli, Maldives.

Marissa brings with her a wealth of experience having worked previously at Per Aquum Spa at Full Moon Resort, CoCo Palm and pre-opening Spa Director of Alila Villas.

Welcome to the team!