Recipe: Lemon compote with star anise and vanilla

This week’s delicious recipe from the Constance kitchens is Lemon compote with star anise and vanilla. It’s the perfect partner for seafood or duck.

Star anise

Star anise is a key ingredient for Mauritian lemon compote

Let us know how you get on and send us your comments and pictures of your own lemon compote.

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Serves 4
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 3 1/2hours

Ingredients

  • 1 kg lemons
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 5 star anise
  • 500g sugar
  • pinch of salt

1. Brush lemons under cold running water and cut 4 vertical slits into each of them.
2. Cook them for 4 minutes in boiling salted water, then put them into iced water. Do this three times to remove any bitter taste.
3. Cut the lemons in 4, remove seeds. Then cut the lemons into wedges, and then dice them.
4. Put the diced lemons in a saucepan, add 1 litre of water, the vanilla, star anise and sugar Cook on low heat for 3 hours.
5. Allow to cool and keep in the fridge until needed.

Protecting the environment at Constance Hotels

Aerial view of Constance Lemuria, Praslin Island, Seychelles

Turquoise waters and verdant green hills surrounding Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

At Constance Hotels, we are committed to protecting the stunning natural environments that surround each of our unique resorts, and the rare endemic species that can be found there.

We work closely with local environmental groups to conserve the exceptional landscape and wildlife for today’s visitors and future generations to come.

Here are some of the measures we’ve taken recently:

Design and build of Constance Moofushi – opened in November 2010

Known as the Jewel island – the island’s butterfly design and daring architecture has been developed by Jean-Michel d’Unienville (Mauritius) and Marc Hertrich (France). Careful consideration has been taken to preserve the environment through efficient and non-polluting materials.

The focus is on luxury without being flashy and the beauty of the island location is paramount. Find out more about what we did at The Jewel Island: Constance Moofushi

Enhancing biodiversity in the Seychelles

We are furthering our commitment to the environment by enhancing conservation of Biodiversity at Port Launay next to the Constance Ephelia Resort in the Seychelles.

Constance Ephelia, Seychelles, view from the North Beach

View from the North Beach at Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

We are working in partnership with Sustainability for Seychelles (S4S) and aim to:

  • take pro-active measures to improve the coordinated management of the fragile mangrove ecosystem adjacent to the Constance Ephelia Resort site – balancing development with the preservation of the wetland area.
  • start looking at co-management of other adjacent natural areas such as the resort grounds and Port Launay Marine Park

Find out more about our conservation work at Constance Ephelia.

Turning tap water to bottled water at Constance Halaveli

To eliminate the need to ship in bottled water to our luxury Maldives resort, Constance Halaveli, we have recently installed our own water bottling plant. The plant purifies tap water to mineral quality. Read more about our sustainable approach at Constance Halaveli.

Serving local seasonal produce

Our restaurants serve local and seasonal produce, perfectly suited to the climate and environment surrounding each luxury hotel. Brimming with flavour and beautifully presented, guests can dine on local fish, vegetables and fruits.

Fresh salsa at Constance Hotels

Locally sourced food at Constance Hotels

Each week we publish a special recipe from one of our hotels. Find out more about our local cuisine.

Future articles

We’ll be publishing more articles about what we’re doing to protect the local environment. Coming soon…

  • interview with our turtle manager in the Seychelles
  • discover the coral reef with our diving instructor at Constance Moofushi

5 massage therapies to soothe away stress

At Constance Hotels, we offer luxury spa treatments that help restore equilibrium and a sense of well being to your body, mind and spirit.

Hand in spa pool with flower

Luxury treatments at Spa Constance for total relaxation

Our spas provide a sanctuary in which you can escape for a while and indulge in a range of relaxing and rejuvenating health and beauty treatments.

Here’s a taste of the massage therapies on offer, guaranteed to release tension and promote relaxation.

Ayurvedic massage

Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system that aims to maintain the health of the mind and spirit, tailored to each individual depending on their dosha – vata, pitta and kapha  (or unique mix of energies).

Shirodhara and Shirobhyanga massage are two examples of this powerful massage technique that we offer. Using sesame oil and herbs, the massage therapist will focus on the marma points, similar to pressure points used in reflexology and acupuncture.

This type of massage relaxes the whole nervous system, balancing your energy and leaving you with renewed vigour.

Shiatsu

Shiatsu is an ancient massage technique originating from Japan. The therapist uses their thumbs to massage the acupressure points along the body’s meridians (invisible channels through which qi circulates around the body).

The massage stimulates this flow of energy around your body, leaving you feeling more balanced and in a state of total relaxation. For shiatsu massage, you lie on a futon fully dressed.

Traditional Thai massage

Traditional Thai massage combines stretching the body with deep massage along the meridian channels.

You start by lying on your back, fully clothed. The stretching techniques used by the therapist are similar to yoga but it’s the therapist who does most of the work, easing you into each position. This is combined with deep massage strokes. By the end, you’ll feel revitalized, energized and totally relaxed.

Spa treatment room with client and therapist

Relax in the tranquil setting of Spa Constance

Fusion massage

This massage technique combines Thai, Shiatsu and Swedish massage. It works alternately on the muscles and nervous system to soothe away stress, and leave you feeling serene and invigorated.

Sports massage

Sports massage is ideal for anyone wanting to recover from an injury or enhance their sports performance.

The technique is particularly effective if you have chronic pain or restricted movement. This is a deep massage, and the therapist will either focus on the problem area (for example frozen shoulder) or the whole body.

Follow the action at the French Open 2011

The 2011 French Open  has entered its second week (17 May-5 June).

Tennis player at French Open 2011

French Open 2011 at the Roland Garros stadium, Paris

Follow the action at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, and find out who the most likely contenders are for this year’s trophy.

Roland Garros 2011 official website

The official website for the French Open tournament. Get the latest scores, daily schedules of play, and watch or listen to the matches as they unfold.

BBC

Watch the latest action on BBC iPlayer.

Straight sets

Tennis blog offering from the New York Times, with lively and detailed articles by coaches and journalists.

Tennis X

The blog’s tagline is dysfunctional tennis blogging at its finest. Informed articles including video, keeping you up-to-date on the latest action at the Roland Garros stadium.

Serge Lutens – sponsors of our Twitter competition

Serge Lutens Fragrances

You can win Serge Lutens fragrances

Every week for the next month we’re offering fabulous prizes through our Twitter account including perfume from the world class perfumer Serge Lutens.

Serge Lutens’ perfumes are famous for their individuality, authenticity and rarity. Although born in Lille, France, Serge Lutens draws inspiration from his adopted home, Morocco.

His scents are pure and intoxicating yet anchored in reality. They smell of the things you recognise: places, skin, sex, people, even bread.

Lutens’ newest perfume Jeux de Peux is said to be inspired by childhood memories of warm, crusty bread. Other popular perfumes include Ambre Sultan, Fille en Aiguilles and Daim Blond.

Enter our Twitter competition throughout May and you could discover for yourself the beauty of Lutens’ fragrances.

You can also enter our fabulous competition to win a luxury 7-night stay for 2 at the 5-star Constance Le Prince Maurice Hotel in Mauritius including half-board and flights.

You can enter the competition now! Check out Constance Hotels Experience on Facebook to enter.

Deutz champagne – sponsors of our Twitter competition

Bottle of Deutz champagne

Deutz Champagne

Deutz champagne is produced in the Aÿ region of Champagne. Founded in 1838, Deutz is today considered one of the finest champagnes in the world. Five successive generations of the Deutz and Geldermann families have continued to produce champagne and the house now produces both vintage and non-vintage cuvee.

Enter our Twitter competition throughout May and June and you could win a magnum of Deutz champagne, among other prizes.

You can also enter our fabulous competition to win a luxury 7-night stay for 2 at the 5-star Constance Le Prince Maurice Hotel in Mauritius including half-board and flights.

All you have to do is answer 3 simple multiple choice questions about Constance Le Prince Maurice and you’ll be in with a chance of winning. And the answers are all on our blog.

To enter, visit the Constance Hotels Experience Facebook page.