Recipe: Lacquered rack of pork and red onion confit

This dish is a tribute to the crossroads of cultures prevailing in our islands. In this dish, the basics of French cuisine are associated with Asian flavours and spices of the Indian subcontinent. A rather technical recipe, but one rich in taste and texture.

Lacquered rack of pork and red onion confit

Lacquered rack of pork and red onion confit

Ingredients (serves 4)

The meat:

  • 1 rack of wild pig or suckling pig, 2kg
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 100ml soy sauce
  • 20g honey
  • Peanut oil: as required
  • salt/pepper

1. Open out the rack of pork, trim it, and cut the bone to uniform height and tie it. Season it with salt and pepper.

2. On the hob or griddle brown all the sides and then bake at 160˚C for about 40 minutes. Remove it from the plate and let it rest.

3. Mix the ketchup, honey and soy sauce into a preparation which will be used to lacquer the rack of pork.

The pork juice:

  • 20g honey
  • 1 lime
  • 3 black peppercorns
  • 4g ginger
  • 100ml balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 Tonka bean
  • 1 cinnamon stick

1. Brown the bones and trimmings in the oven.

2. Prepare a small mirepoix of vegetables (onion, garlic, carrot) and add it to the bones. caramelise everything together. Once a good good colour has been achieved, deglaze the plate with white wine. Put everything into a bowl and moisten it on the top with water. Cook for about 3 hours, skimming well.

3. Pass the stock through a cheesecloth sieve and reduce it to three-quarters.

4. Caramelise a little honey in a saucepan. Add 1 stick of cinnamon, 3 black peppercorns, half a chopped Tonka bean, 4g of chopped ginger, the zest of 1 lime and its juice, and 100ml of balsamic vinegar. Add the pork juice and cook it again for 30 minutes until it reaches a consistency which will coat the meat.

5. Strain it and save it.

The garnish:

The potates with cinnamon:

  • 500g large potatoes
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 1 litre peanut oil
  • 50g butter
  • Sea salt: to taste

1. Wash the potatoes, cut them into thick wedges with skin still on, blanch them in an oil bath at 150˚C for the first cooking. Drain and store them.

2. Place the butter into a pan to heat. Add the potatoes with the cinnamon sticks and bring them to a nice golden colour. Drain them on paper towels and season them with sea salt.

The red onion confit:

  • 300g red onions
  • 20g butter
  • 1/4 litre red wine
  • 10ml crème de cassis
  • Thyme: as required
  • 2g black cracked pepper
  • Salt/pepper

1. Peel the onions finely. Melt the butter in a skillet. Add the onions and lightly salt them. Bring them to a golden colour and then deglaze them with crème de cassis and red wine. Add the thyme and pepper. Cover and cook until completely evaporated. take them out and set them aside.

Finishing and presentation

  • Pink peppercorm: as required
  • Aniseed: as required

Warm the rack of pork in the oven for about 5 minutes. using a brush, coat it several times and finish it off under the grill so that it glistens.

Add some pink berries roses and star anise. The rack can be cut in front of the guests or arranged earlier on a plate. Put the onion confit in a saucepan along with the apples.

Present the sauce separately.

Sommeliers’ suggested wine

Strong red wine:

  • Swartland, Kloof Street Rouge, Mullineux Family, 2009 South Africa
  • Côtes-du-Rhône Brézème, Charles Helfenbein, 2009 France

 

Constance Le Prince Maurice recognised in Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards 2013

We’re very proud that Spa de Constance at Constance Le Prince Maurice has been recognised in the top 20 Overseas Hotel Spas category, in the coveted Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards.

Spa de Constance at Le Prince Maurice

Spa de Constance at Le Prince Maurice

The awards, now in their 16th year, celebrate the very best of the travel world as chosen by readers of Conde Nast Traveller.

Since it’s multi-million pound refurbishment last year, Constance Le Prince Maurice has become the must-book hotel on the island of Mauritius and is renowned for exceptional service and its intimate, luxurious atmosphere.

Offering Sisley treatments, classes led by fitness guru Isabelle Lamant, and Brice Nicham posture and podiatry treatments, the spa at Le Prince Maurice has been attracting international attention since the reopening.

Earlier this year, the UK’s The Times newspaper named the spa as one of their Top 50 places to go for a body and soul holiday.

Thank you to everyone who voted for us. We hope you can come back soon and enjoy another luxury holiday at Le Prince Maurice.

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Fit and well: how to improve your fitness

As the season begins to change this month it’s the perfect time to make a fresh start and take a new approach to your health and wellbeing.

Yoga & meditation on the beach

Yoga & meditation on the beach

Follow the current trend away from the doctrine of thinness to a more holistic approach to fitness, which suggests that keeping fit and eating healthily will make you feel stronger, healthier and calmer of mind.

What’s on offer at Constance Hotels & Resorts

September is the perfect month to seize the opportunity to readjust your regime and embrace this new approach.

Take a holiday at one of our 7 hotels and resorts in the Indian Ocean where you can combine the feel-good factors of bright sunshine, fresh air and idyllic locations with fresh, healthy food, a raft of outdoor activities, fitness suites and personal trainers.

Healthy fresh food

At Constance we believe that great cuisine begins with the freshest ingredients, locally sourced and organic where possible, carefully prepared in the healthiest ways.

With our island locations fresh seafood is at the heart of our menu, as are the very freshest fruits and vegetables which make any resolution to eat healthily not only easy to follow but deliciously satisfying.

At Constance Tsarabanjina you can watch the local fishermen bringing in the daily catch from the beach to be served at your table and at Constance Le Prince Maurice our chefs take trips daily to the local market to buy fruit and vegetables picked that morning along with the freshest herbs and spices.

Spa de Constance

Spa de Constance

Get in shape

Our personal trainers can develop a fitness program just for you built around your needs and the time you want to dedicate to it.

Trainers are on hand throughout your stay to check your progress and give advice. They will then design a program of diet and exercise for when you leave so you can continue your good work when you get home.

At Constance Lémuria you can improve your fitness in the stunning surroundings of Praslin with health walks around the island, sunset walks to the beautiful Anse Georgette or a sunset beach work out.

Or reconnect with your inner spirit with sunrise yoga sessions on the beach at Le Prince Maurice and Constance Ephélia.

Get active

At our hotels and resorts you can try waterskiing, windsurfing, kite surfing, wakeboarding, big game fishing or catamaran sailing.

At Constance Ephélia you can push yourself to the limit with rock climbing, or improve your golf game on the championship courses at Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage or the stunning 18-hole golf course at Lémuria.

Spa pool at Constance Lémuria

Spa pool at Constance Lémuria

Take time to detox

Let go of your old habits and cleanse your system with a full detox in one of our Spa de Constances.

Indulge in a Purity Throughout treatment at Spa de Constance, Halaveli, including an ocean purity body massage, revitalize salt glow and a rejuvenating spice wrap.

Feel the benefits of a lymphatic body drainage treatment at Spa de Constance, Le Prince Maurice, to detox and encourage fluid circulation and cell regeneration.

Relax with a tropical stone detox at Ephélia, a two hour treatment including a green clay wrap, mini face detox and scalp and deep stone massage.

Put wellbeing at the centre of your life and you’ll feel the benefits ripple through everything you do.

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Cookery holidays in Mauritius and the Maldives

Food has always been an integral part of a holiday, a chance to literally immerse yourself in the flavours of a new country.

Sample the Mauritian cuisnine on offer at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Sample the Mauritian cuisnine on offer at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Cookery holidays

Cookery holidays, on which you spend a few days in a Tuscan villa or French farmhouse slaving over a stove to master the intricacies of their cuisine have become increasingly popular.

But what if you actually want a bit of holiday in your holiday, or you want to know how to cook something a bit more exotic than a Quiche Lorraine?

For those who are interested in broadening their culinary horizon with the warm heat of exotic spices but still want time to lie on an idyllic beach, a cooking class in the restaurant of a 5* Indian Ocean hotel could offer the perfect solution.

Learn to cook in Mauritius or Maldives

At Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius and Constance Halaveli in the Maldives, our chefs offer the opportunity to learn directly from them.

In morning classes – available to book just a day ahead – you will discover the key ingredients and spices that make up the core of the region’s cuisine, and how to delicately combine them to create some of the sumptuous dishes you’ll enjoy in our restaurants.

Fine dining at The Deer Hunter

Fine dining at The Deer Hunter

Le Prince Maurice

Discover the secrets of Mauritian cuisine with the hotel’s Chef Pravin, Chef Ah Youne and Chef Boucher.

Some of the dishes you may learn to cook include:

  • Mauritian cuisine – Guests will learn to cook Creole style fish salad and vegetable samoussa
  • Pastry – Guests will learn to make coconut and pineapple macaroons with Chef Boucher
  • Asian cuisine – Guest will learn to prepare sushi and Chinese shrimps sumai

Belle Mare Plage

Learn about the traditions of Mauritian cuisine in the kitchens of the Deer Hunter restaurant or Blue Penny Café with classes run by Chef Frederic Goisset and Chef Patrick Travady.

Included in the two hour class will be a 15 minute session with the head sommelier who will explain how to pair the perfect wine with the food you are learning to prepare.

Some of the dishes you may learn to cook include:

  • Learn to cook steamed prawns with kaffir lime, pineapple with spicy salt, tapioca and coconut milk at The Deer Hunter
  • Spice Experience – Learn to cook chicken with garam masala and discover the secret of cooking with local spices
Exquisite asian cuisine on offer at Constance Halaveli

Exquisite asian cuisine on offer at Constance Halaveli

Halaveli

The food of the Maldives is an intoxicating blend of flavours from across Asia and Africa so it’s no surprise that the classes on offer cover cuisines from around the region – we’ve even got a French pastry chef to teach desserts.

Some of the dishes you may learn to cook include:

  • Maldivian tuna curry, steamed rice, chapatti and papadum or Mugh Makani (Indian chicken curry), Kashmiri palau and papadum taught by Sous Chef Hammed Siddiq
  • Indonesian chicken satay with peanut sauce, lontong and achar or red Thai beef curry and fragrant rice, taught by Chef Handhi Wijaya
  • Lemongrass infused crème or croustade vanilla poached pear taught by pastry chef Pascal Galette
  • Private one-to-one classes are available on request as are learning to prepare special ingredients such as lobster, caviar and Wagyu beef.

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Guide to a winter getaway in the Indian Ocean

Summer may be fading in the northern hemisphere but it’s the perfect time to start planning a winter getaway to warmer climates.

Golf at Constance Hotels and Resorts

Golf at Constance Hotels and Resorts

According to The Sunday Times, with the early signs of an economic recovery taking hold, people are re-prioritising their winter holiday, and travel companies are reporting an increase in bookings of over 30%.

So as the fresher mornings take hold, take the time to imagine yourself on warm beaches, swimming in the crystal waters of the Indian Ocean amidst the 5* luxury of an exclusive hotel or resort.

Choices, choices…

At our hotels and resorts in the Seychelles, Maldives, Madagascar and Mauritius, take your pick from water villas floating over peaceful lagoons beach villas, elegant boutique-style suites or the castaway chic of a private island.

Adrenalin sports

Climbing at Constance Ephélia

Climbing at Constance Ephélia

Seize the opportunity of winter sunshine to get outdoors and try something you haven’t done before from waterskiing, wake boarding and scuba diving to big game fishing, catamaran sailing, shark and night diving and even rock climbing and zip lining at Constance Ephélia.

Golf in Seychelles and Mauritius

Our 18-hole championship golf courses in Mauritius and the Seychelles offer the chance to enjoy a luxury golf holiday amidst stunning landscapes, luxury accommodation and great personal service.

Luxury spa treatments

Indulge in the very latest beauty and relaxation therapies at our Spa de Constance with treatments designed around natural local ingredients including healing massages, rejuvenating wraps and softening skin polishes.

Relax at Spa de Constance

Relax at Spa de Constance

Treat yourself to the ultimate beauty treatments with our partner spas including Swiss skincare specialist Valmont at Constance Halaveli, Sisley Spa at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Shiseido at Constance Lémuria, Belle Mare Plage and Ephélia.

Take time to reconnect with yourself and your body with one-to-one or group yoga and meditation classes or take part in a sunset beach work out amidst the idyllic island setting of Lémuria.

Tempted?

Tempted to start planning your winter escape? Visit our website to find out more about our 7 hotels and resorts in the Indian Ocean, each with their own character and atmosphere.

Constance celebrates New Zealand wines in Mauritius this September

Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice will be welcoming some of the finest winemakers from New Zealand for a week-long celebration of wine from the region.

The Wine Cellar at Constance Le Prince Maurice

The Wine Cellar at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Head Sommelier Jerome Faure will organise a range of wine dinners from the 15-21 September to introduce guests to New Zealand wines and giving them the opportunity to meet and talk with the winemakers.

Wine tastings will also be held for all the sommeliers of each resort as part of ongoing training to ensure that Constance sommeliers are at the head of their field.

New Zealand winemakers visiting Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maruice will include:

• Felton Road – a biodynamic wine producer using wild yeast, no fining or filteration has created wines of a unique character and an impressive reputation.

• Millton Vineyards and Winery – Situated on the East coast of North Island in the winegrowing region of Gisborne the family have introduced French traditions picked up working in the famous wine regions of France.

• Ata Rengi – A small New Zealand winery at the southern end of North Island, Ata Rengi has become famous for producing a renowned Pinot Noir.

• Escarpment – Stretching along the banks of the Huangarua River, Escarpment’s vineyards produce wine with a complexity and structure that have made them a leader in the market.

• Pegasus Bay – The second largest winery in Canterbury, Pegasus Bay is rated as the top winery of the region.

Guests will be able to enjoy a number of events across both resorts to introduce them to these fascinating New World wines:

La Spiaggia restaurant, Constance Belle Mare Plage

La Spiaggia restaurant, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Sunday 15 September

Belle Mare Plage – A management cocktail party featuring the wines

Monday 16 September

Belle Mare Plage – A special dinner featuring Escarpment wines at La Spiaggia

Tuesday 17 September

Belle Mare Plage – A special dinner featuring Pegasus wines at Indigo

Wednesday 18 September

Belle Mare Plage – A special dinner featuring Ata Rangi wines at Deer Hunter

Thursday 19 September

Le Prince Maurice – A management cocktail party featuring New Zealand wines including Felton Road 2010 Pinot Noir Bannockburn, 2012 Millton La Cote Pinot Noir and Ata Rangi Petrie Sauv Blanc.

A special dinner at l’Archipel featuring Millton wines including 2011 Opour Chardonnay, 2011 Riverpoint Viognier, 2010 Clos St Anne, 2010 Clos Samuel Viognier SBS.

Friday 20 September

Le Prince Maurice – A special dinner featuring Felton Road wines at Le Barachois including 2012 Riesling Bannockburn, 2011 Chardonnay Bannockburn, 2009 Pinot Noir Block 3, 2008 Riesling Block 1.

Saturday 21 September

Belle Mare Plage – A gala dinner featuring all the wineries.

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Tempted to visit Mauritius in September?

Check late booking availability for both Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice.