Discover fruits and spices of the Seychelles

One of the most pleasurable ways to immerse yourself in island culture is by sampling delicious local cuisine, flavoured by locally grown fruits, vegetables and spices.

Fresh produce, Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Fresh produce at Ephelia

At our two Seychelles resorts, Constance Lemuria and Constance Ephelia, you’ll discover the fusion inherent in Creole cooking where traditions of many nations blend to create the distinctive dishes on offer. Influences include African, European, Chinese and Indian cuisines.

Fruits such as mango, passion fruit, banana and pineapple are combined with local fish to make light refreshing dishes while spices such as lemongrass (‘citronel’), chilli (‘pima’), and onions (la ke onyon) give the food its heat.

Fruit and spice discovery at Ephelia

Our team at Constance Ephelia are passionate about the luscious local fruits and exotic Seychellois spices served in the resort’s restaurants.

Every Saturday guests can enjoy a special fruit and spice discovery evening, where you can learn more about the island’s delicacies.

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If you’ve been inspired by a visit to the Seychelles and would like to try to recreate the exciting flavours back home, take a look at the recipes in our culinary section.

 

 

Antinori Estates wine dinner at Constance Moofushi

At Constance Moofushi we’ve organised a rare treat for gourmet travellers next month, when our Head Sommelier Romain Sauzier and Chef Ahmed Boukraa team up with premium Italian wine producer Antinori to create a one-off wine pairing dinner.

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Antinori wine dinner at Moofushi

Antinori director Stefano Leone has worked with our team to create a menu which perfectly blends the exclusive Italian wines with the dining experience offered at Moofushi.

What’s on the menu

Leone will be at the event, where dishes will be paired with the perfect wine to complement both. In some cases the wine will be used in the preparation of the dish such as the delicious Franciacorta Montenisa Brut and rose petal sorbet.

Other dishes include:

  • a duo of fresh and smoked salmon tartar on an avocado bed, accompanied by an Umbria, Castello della Salla San Giovanni, 2011
  • glazed duck liver with a white grape verjus, accompanied by a Moscato d’Asti, Prunotto, 2010.

The event will be held at the Blue Lounge on Sunday 9 December at Constance Moofushi.

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Michelin star Chef Serge Gouloumes to visit Seychelles

Chef celebre Serge Gouloumes, of the world-famous Le Mas Candille in France, will be visiting Constance Lémuria and Constance Ephélia from 7-13 January to share his culinary passion with Constance guests.

Chef Serge Gouloumes

Chef Serge Gouloumes

The famous French chef will be organising special dinners and events, and offering a number of cookery classes at both Constance Lémuria and Constance Ephélia.

If you’re interested in improving your culinary skills and wowing your friends with a bit of gourmet French cooking back home, then this is the event for you.

Gouloumes has spent much of his career travelling the world and has been inspired by the mix of exotic spices and fresh ingredients of Seychellois cuisine. It was his fusion of exotic spices with the haute cuisine traditions of France that won him a Michelin star.

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Château Cos d’Estournel dinner at Constance Le Prince Maurice

At a fabulous dinner at Constance Le Prince Maurice last week, we showcased wines from one of the finest wineries in Bordeaux, Château Cos d’Estournel.

Chateau Cos d'Estournel dinner, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Special dinner at Le Prince Maurice

Mr Jean-Guillaume Prats, Director of Château Cos d’Estournel, joined us to host the dinner. Here’s a glimpse of what was on offer to guests:

Appetizer
Bordeaux Blanc Château Cos d’Estournel 2008

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Palm heart and scallops carpaccio
Bordeaux Blanc Château Cos d’Estournel 2008
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Curry leaves pan-fried ‘sot l’y laisse’, bok choy and sweet potato gnocchi
St Estèphe Les Pagodes de Cos, Château Cos d’Estournel 2009
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Tomato rougail neck of lamb
St Estèphe Château Cos d’Estournel
2ème Grand Cru Classé 2003 & 2007
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Victoria pineapple, Breton shortbread flavoured with exotic fruit
Tokaj Hétszóló 5 Puttonyos, Hungary, 2001

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Recipe: Sweet orange-ginger ganache

These delicious chocolates are quintessential Constance treats, recently served at the Chocolate Show at Constance Ephelia.

North Beach at Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

North Beach at Ephelia

Ingredients

  • 500g dark chocolate
  • 300g cream
  • 75g butter
  • 50g fresh ginger
  • 1 orange zest
  • 25g preserved orange peel
  • 400g dark chocolate for the coating

1. Chop the chocolate and place in a bowl.
2. Peel and chop the ginger.
3. In a pan add cream, ginger and the orange zest and leave it to infuse for 10 minutes.
4. Strain the flavoured cream and return to heat.
5. Pour over the chocolate and mix until smooth.
6. Stir the softened butter.
7. Pour the contents into a round shaped mould.
8. Refrigerate until firm.
9. Cut into shapes, squares, diamonds, rectangles, circles.
10. Melt the 400g dark choclate in a bain marie.
11. Make curves with the crystallized chocolate.
12. Dip the chocolates one by one.
13. Leave to crystallize.

The recipe makes approximately 50 chocolates.

Find out more about Constance Ephelia from our website.

Recipe: Moussaka at Constance Moofushi

Mediterranean food features highly on our menus at Constance Moofushi.

Moussaka from Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Moussaka from Constance Moofushi Resort

We’ve gathered recipes and influences from across Europe, put them in our basket and brought them over to our idyllic Maldivian island. Some of our favourites include our Asparagus salad, Baba Ghanoush salad, Moutabel salad, Bell pepper chakchouka, Hummus, marinated artichoke and this dish, our famous Moofushi Moussaka.

  • Potatoes
  • Minced meat – lamb, beef or a mixture of both
  • Tablespoons butter
  • Tinned tomatoes or 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • Grated cheese – cheddar, parmesan or kefalotiri
  • Onion, chopped
  • Parsley, finely chopped
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt, pepper
  • French toast (friganies), or dried breadcrumbs

For the Bechamel Sauce

  • Butter
  • Plain flour
  • Milk, (warmed, but not boiling)
  • Egg yolks
  • Salt, pepper
  • Grated cheese, cheddar, parmesan or kefalotiri

Preparation

1. Peel the potatoes, wash well and slice into 1/4 inch round slices.
2. Fry the potatoes both sides.
3. Remove from pan and place on absorbent paper to soak up any excess oil.
4. Melt the butter in a saucepan and sauté the chopped onion, fry the ground meat (lamb or beef) until browned.
5. Add the finely chopped tomatoes (or paste), salt, pepper and parsley.
6. Cover and simmer until most of the juices are dried up.
7. Remove from the heat.
8. In a greased baking tray, sprinkle the French toast on the bottom of the tray.
9. Place half the potatoes in a layer on the bottom of the baking tray.
10. Sprinkle 1/3 of the grated cheese over the potatoes.
11. Pour all the mince meat sauce over the potatoes and spread evenly.
12. Finish with the rest of the potatoes in a layer over the meat sauce.
13. Prepare the béchamel sauce and pour evenly over the potatoes.
14. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the sauce and then about 2 tablespoons of the ground French toast or breadcrumbs on top.
15. Bake in a medium oven (180C) for approximately 30-40 minutes, or until it reaches a nice golden colour.
16. Remove from the oven and leave it to stand for 5-10 minutes to set before cutting into portions.

Serve with fresh crusty bread and a crisp green salad.