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.

Top 5 reasons to play golf in Mauritius

Two 18-hole championship golf courses set in an idyllic island location is as close to holiday paradise as most golfers can imagine.

Golf courses at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Golf at Constance Hotels, Mauritius

Here are our top 5 reasons to play golf in Mauritius.

1. The courses

Situated at Constance Belle Mare Plage, the 18-hole, par 72 Legend Golf Course was designed by South African golf champion Hugh Baiocchi. It’s built to USPGA specifications using tif dwarf grasses.

David Frost, former MCB Open Champion, describes the course, ‘ At the Legend you can ensure a velvet-soft playing surface. The course has some great, challenging tee shots and under pressure you need to hit the fairways. From there it is target golf to the pins as well.’

Also located at Belle Mare Plage is the 18-hole Links Golf Course, par 71. Designed by award-winning course designer Rodney Wright and professional golfer and commentator Peter Allis, the Links includes a practice fairway to help you warm up before your game.

2. The Golf Academy

Constance Belle Mare Plage

Constance Belle Mare Plage

At our professionally run Marc Farry Golf Academy, you have the opportunity to improve your game significantly during your golf holiday with Constance. We provide individual or group classes with our resident professionals at both courses.

Whatever your level the Marc Farry Academy Teaching Method will help you improve your grip, posture, alignment and ball position. We even provide lessons for kids so you can start to train the next generation of champions.

3. Après golf spa

Every golfer knows there’s more to golf than getting out there and hitting a ball which is why Spa de Constance offers a range of treatments and exercise programmes designed to loosen tensed muscles and soothe tired minds.

The popular golfer’s tonic offers a 45 minute stimulating massage  which aids in relaxing and preparing muscles, preventing injuries, improving suppleness and reducing the risk of inflammation before and after the golfing activities.

4. Location

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Golf in Mauritius is not just about challenging fairways and perfectly manicured greens, it’s about connecting with the stunning tropical environment. From the breathtaking mountain scenery and beauty of the Indian Ocean to spotting some of the island inhabitants such as local deer and Mauritius Fody, visiting Mauritius is a treat for all the senses.

5. Luxury hotels

Whether you choose Constance Belle Mare Plage set on a beautiful 2 kilometre white sandy beach or the secluded elegance of Constance Le Prince Maurice you’ll be sure of complete indulgence when you come off the green. Fine dining, beautiful beaches and luxury accommodation complete the picture of playing golf in paradise.

 

Constance Lemuria, Seychelles wins at this year’s World Travel Awards

The deluxe resort of Constance Lemuria, Seychelles has won again at this year’s prestigious World Travel Awards.

Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Constance Lemuria

At last week’s event in Singapore – recognised as the ‘Oscars of the travel industry’ – the World Travel Awards named Constance Lemuria as:

In addition, the resort is adjacent to Anse Lazio, another award winner:

What makes Lemuria so special?

Constance Lemuria has long been recognised as a luxury island retreat at these awards with particular excellence in golf and spa.

This elegant and eco-friendly resort is set amidst verdant native vegetation, adjacent to 3 of the most beautiful beaches in the Seychelles: Anse Kerlan, Anse Georgette and Anse Lazio.

Palm thatched suites and villas are set just metres from the shoreline, and designed using natural wood, marble, limestone and pink granite.

The hotel’s facilities are superb: 3 restaurants, 4 bars, Spa de Constance and Shiseido spa, an 18-hole championship golf course, complimentary kids club, diving, watersports, gym, tennis, yoga and mountain biking.

Sound tempting? Find out more from the Constance Lemuria website.

 

Whale watching at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Visit Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina from August to November, and you stand a good chance of spotting humpback whales as they make their way to one of their favoured breeding grounds off the Malagasy mainland.

Whale watching at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Whale watching at Lodge Tsarabanjina

Every year, these majestic creatures leave the cold waters of the Antarctic seeking out the warmer waters closer to the Equator. Many humpback whales swim to the channel between Ile Sainte-Marie off the East coast of Madagascar to breed.

It’s estimated there are only 10,000-15,000 humpback whales in the world. An endangered species, they have a life expectancy of 45-50 years.

Have you seen a whale in the wild?

If you’ve spotted a whale in the wild, we’d love to see any photos you have of the experience – you can post them on our Constance Hotels Facebook page or tweet them using Twitter, mentioning @constancehotels.

Tips for observing whales

Learn more about how to observe whales from Wild Whales.

Find out more about Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina

Kanonkop Wine Dinner at Constance Halaveli

Winemaker Johan Krige, from the famous South African winery Kanonkop Estate, is hosting a special wine dinner at Jing restaurant, Constance Halaveli, this Sunday 21 October.

Jing restaurant, Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Jing restaurant

The menu has been created by our Head Sommelier at Halaveli, Cédric Jacob, and his team together with Executive Chef, Glen Cooper.

At the dinner, with each course we’ll be serving 2 bottles of the same wine but from a different vintage, so guests can learn about the impact of the ageing on the wine.

Here’s the delicious menu we’ll be serving:

To begin

  • Prawn in 3 Textures
  • Pickled ginger mayo & sherry vinaigrette
  • Wine – Kanonkop, ‘Kadette’, Rosé, 2010

Fork & spoon

  • Cinnamon & anise spiced breast of Duck
  • Red fruit gelée & consommé of duck
  • Wine – Kanonkop, ‘Paul Sauer’, 2009
  • Wine – Kanonkop, ‘Paul Sauer’, 1998

Main course

  • Carnival peppered Wagyu beef tenderloin
  • Shitake ravioli & horseradish emulsion
  • Wine – Kanonkop, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009
  • Wine – Kanonkop, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004

Dessert

  • Warm Jivara Fondant
  • Pinotage ice cream and compote of red fruits
  • Wine – Kanonkop, Pinotage, 2010
  • Wine – Kanonkop, Pinotage, 2003

Want to find out more?

Find out more about Kanonkop Wine Estate in South Africa.

Visit our website for more information about Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives.

Recipe: Banana curry cannelloni

A simple and delicious curry dish from Constance Ephelia, Seychelles ideal for a healthy mid-week meal served with pan fried snapper.

Banana curry, Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles

Banana curry and snapper

  • 5 big leaves of spinach
  • 400g of banana (in Seychelles we use the St Jacques variety)
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • 30g chopped onions
  • 10g chopped garlic
  • 10g of chopped ginger
  • 4g  turmeric
  • 4g curry powder
  • 20g green peas
  • 20g of peeled tomato dice
  • 20g unsalted butter
  • Salt pepper to taste

1. Blanch the spinach leaves in salted boiling water for 2 minutes, and cool down immediately in ice cold water. Drain, dry and remove the main stalks  and set aside.

2. Blanch the banana with its skins in boiling water for 30 mins or until soft.

3. Cool down, remove the skin and grate the flesh. Set aside.

4. Sautée garlic, ginger, onion in butter until a light brown colour, add curry leaves, turmeric, curry powder and mix together.

5. Now add the grated banana to the pan and mix well together. At last, add the green peas and tomato.

6. Season to taste.

7. To make the cannelloni, take 1 spinach leaf, place some banana curry on top and roll as cannelloni giving a nice cylinder shape. Cut the edges nicely, and set aside.

8. Serve warm with pan seared snapper fish.

Sounds tempting? Find out more about Constance Ephelia Resort from our website.