Best and worst book awards

Stack of books

Book awards around the world

Guardian newspaper writer Claire Armistead offers up her longlist of the best and worst book awards in the UK and overseas.

The most pampering luxurious prize goes to the annual Le Prince Maurice prize for romantic literature, held at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Read what else Claire Armistead had to say about this prize, and many other literary awards – The world of book awards, a longlist.

Constance Belle Mare Plage – one child stays free

Constance Belle Mare Plage is an ideal family resort - offering plenty of space, 4 swimming pools, a paddle friendly beach and a great choice of family-friendly dining.

Kakoo Club, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Kakoo Club, Constance Belle Mare Plage

With our special offer, one child under the age of 12 years goes free when sharing with adults in single or double Prestige Room, Junior or Deluxe Suite.

The offer is valid until 19 October 2011, with a minimum of 2 nights stay.

Package includes:

  • Daily breakfast and dinner for adults and children

Find out more about this special deal for one child to stay free of charge at Constance Belle Mare Plage, including terms and conditions.

Last Night of the Proms 2011

Last night of the proms - in the arena

Last night of the proms - in the arena

Some 6000 people packed into the Royal Albert Hall, London on Saturday 10 September for the annual rousing finale of the Proms season.

BBC – proms

If you missed it, fear not. You can watch or listen to the last night of the proms, and much more, on the BBC website.

Blog from Phil Hall

Get the inside story from Phil Hall, the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s sub-principal viola player.

Guardian critic’s review

Find out what the critics thought of the night – Erica Jeal from the Guardian gives a detailed account of the night.

Sushi in the Seychelles

The sushi bar at Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles has been incredibly successful since it first opened.

Chef Federico Casupanan, Sushi chef at Constance Ephelia Resort

Chef Federico Casupanan, sushi chef at Constance Ephelia Resort

Chef Federico Casupanan, a young and talented Filipino sushi chef trained by Japanese masters, didn’t want to do things the way you’d expect.

Along with Chef Denis Jean-Jacques, the brilliant chef of Cyann restaurant in the luxurious North Beachside of the resort, he created a Seychellois version of what he believes tropical sushi should be.

This selection has become a best-seller at Ephelia. 

The sushi varies according to the fresh produce we receive, and the ideas of the chef.

Here are a few examples of what’s on the menu:

Tropical Seychellois sushi

Tropical Seychellois sushi

  • White capitaine fish sushi with coconut milk and lemongrass, a dash of sweet curry sauce.
  • Yellowfin tuna nigiri with a spicy mango relish.
  • Poached prawn with vindaye spice mix.
  • Chef Federico’s crazy rolls with Creole crab salad, local avocado and homemade tangy tomato ketchup.
  • The beautiful Seychellois bourgeois fish, as a nigiri with rougail reduction and grated green papaya.

Fresh, tasty and very colourful.

Weekly round up, 5-11 September 2011

This weekly feature offers a round up of the content on our blog from the past week, in case you missed anything.

Moray eel

Moray eel

Split into categories, it’s another way for you to easily find the posts of value to you.

Competition

News

Culinary

Want to create some of our chefs’ amazing dishes yourself at home? Every Friday, we post some of the most amazing, delicious and popular recipes online.

Inspiration

Spa and sport

Recipe: Curry risotto from Mauritius

L'Archipel restaurant at Le Prince Maurice

L'Archipel restaurant at Le Prince Maurice

This curry risotto comes from the kitchens of Constance Le Prince Maurice. It makes a great mid-week recipe and is easy to prepare.

Take your time stirring the stock into the rice, and enjoy the gentle pace of risotto-making.

Serves 4

Preparation and cooking time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 shallot
  • 140g risotto rice (arborio or carnaroli)
  • 15cl dry white wine
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1tsp curry powder
  • 3 curry leaves
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 30cl chicken stock
  • 20g butter + 20g for finishing
  • 1 sprig coriander, chopped
  • 3 tbsp grated parmesan cheese

1. Peel and finely chop the shallots. Sweat them for 2 minutes with the butter in a heavy saucepan. Add the rice, fry it for a few minutes until it whitens.
2. Add the white wine, boil down until dry.
3. Peel and chop the garlic. Add it to the rice with the curry powder, thyme and curry leaves.
4. Gradually add the chicken stock and cook for 18-20 minutes on low heat, stirring constantly. The rice should retain a slight crunch. Add remaining butter, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and chopped coriander. Correct seasoning and serve.