In the kitchen, I can’t live without…

 

Microplane

Versatile microplane

In our new series, we take a look behind the scenes of the high-functioning kitchens at our Constance resorts to find out what kitchen equipment our chefs use time and time again.

Here, Chef Dominique Grel, Executive Chef of Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius reveals a Microplane is his must-have gadget in the kitchen.

Tired of your old Parmesan cheese grater that doesn’t grate? Or fed up with your lemon zester that mashes the zest instead of grating it?

Buy a Microplane. They’re sharp. They’re versatile. And they look cool.

At La Spiaggia restaurant, I like to serve a beautiful and healthy salad with seasonal vegetables, elegantly sliced in thin shavings using the microplane.

Season with Dandaragan (a great olive oil from Australia which comes in 3 characters: fruity, delicate of robust), kalamata olives and chunks of Parmigiano Reggiano.

 

Simple to prepare and delicious to eat.

What’s your favourite piece of kitchen equipment?

Do you have a favourite piece of kitchen equipment you use time and again? We’d love to hear from you. You can post a comment on our blog below, or to Constance Facebook or Twitter @constancehotels.

Anuradha pottery at Constance Moofushi Resort

Bruno Le Gac, our Corporate Executive Chef, reveals the story behind the latest range of bowls and plates used at Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives.

Anuradha pottery tagines

Beautiful tagines

For Moofushi Resort, I wanted to create a specific line of pottery bowls and platters. I didn’t want anything too commercial and was looking instead for some real craftsmanship, with something of an ethnic look to it that would fit the Crusoe chic concept of the resort.

I found what I was looking for with Anuradha pottery, a small family factory in the suburbs of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Managed by the very dynamic Mr Nalaka, the company specialises in producing small ranges of tableware, and was not used to manufacturing goods for luxury hotels.

Firstly, the service we received was very professional and the welcome warm was authentic. I was amazed by the calm and concentration of the people working there, and it was clear that they were all very proud of what they were doing.

Nothing was a problem for Mr Nalaka and his team. One of the most incredible things to see was that the samples were being made up for us right there on the spot using fresh clay.

Making bowls at Anuradha Pottery

Making bowls for Constance Moofushi

After a few hours of work, we had designed the different pieces that we would be using for our buffet. We chose the shapes and the sizes, then the colours and the internal and external glazing.

It was a lot of fun, and really rewarding to have come up with a complete range which is original, functional and beautiful.

Find out more about Constance Moofushi

Facebook – Constance Hotels Experience is now in German and Italian

Our online Constance community just got bigger. In addition to our English Facebook pages, we’ve just launched our German and Italian Facebook too.

Constance Hotels Experience Facebook
Constance Hotels Experience Facebook

Come and join us – ‘like’ us and visit our Wall for special offers, competitions, photos and the latest news from our resorts.

We want to hear from you too – tell us what you love about Constance, and share your holiday experiences and photos on our Wall.

Great progress with reefscaping at Constance Halaveli Resort

Coral regrowth at Constance Halaveli

Purple tips of the new coral regrowth

Back in November 2011, our team of experts at Constance Halaveli Resort launched a reefscaping programme that aims to stimulate the growth of coral in the lagoon around the Maldives’ resort, and help repair the damage caused by the 2004 Tsunami in 2004.

Since we launched the metal cage structure into the lagoon, there has been significant growth. The purple tips of the coral are a sign that the coral is growing a very rapid rate. Great news!

The next step in the project is a delicate and very important one. Once the coral has reached a healthy size it will be removed from the metal frame and planted in the sea bed within a marked area. 

Coral growing at Constance Halaveli Resort

Great progress as the coral starts to grow

The coral will then be monitored regularly to see how it adapts to being placed back in the natural environment.

We’ll keep you posted on progress.

We’d love to hear what you think about the project – you can leave a comment on the blog below, or post to our Constance Facebook page or Twitter.

Truffle Week at Constance Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice

This year, Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice organised a ‘Truffle Week’ to the delight our guests who love gourmet food.
Delectable black truffles

Delectable black truffles

La Confrérie de la Truffe Noire, the Brotherhood of the Black Truffle, is based in the hill region of the Drome des Collines in South East France.

They kindly sent one of their members, Helene Faure, to Mauritius to speak with our chefs and sommeliers about the tuber melanosporum, more commonly known as the black truffle.

The black truffle provides the gold standard in the truffle world because of its delicate taste, and delightful and intense bouquet.

 

To help in understanding and recognising this black treasure, Helene offered the team a comparative tasting and visual appreciation of the various kinds of truffle. We learnt how to identify each one’s shape, aroma and taste. Helene also gave our chefs a variety of recipes for how truffles can be used in our cuisine.

Guests in our Mauritian resorts enjoyed special dinner menus on Tuesday 10 and Friday 13 January 2012, featuring a flavoursome black truffle purée and an amazing black truffle soufflé, which made a delicious and tasty dessert.

The atmosphere in the stylish and friendly settings of both the Constance Le Prince Maurice’s Archipel Restaurant and the Constance Belle Mare Plage’s Blue Penny Café was really something to be savoured – quite simply fantastic.

Regional and sustainable food at Constance – interview with Bruno Le Gac

We’re committed to working with local producers across the Maldives, Seychelles, Mauritius and Madagascar.

Bruno Le Gac in Madagascar
Bruno Le Gac in Madagascar

Find out how Constance Hotels supports regional food production and sustainable tourism in the second part of an interview with Bruno Le Gac on the website visitmauritius.com.au.