Weekly round-up, 22-28 August 2011

Constance Le Prince Maurice water villas

Constance Le Prince Maurice water villas

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

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

This week we’ve got a fantastic special offer at Constance Le Prince Maurice, highlights on Madagascar, beauty tips, our Friday recipe and more.

Offers

Long stay special offer at Le Prince Maurice

Stay at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius, for 7 nights and you get 15% off your stay.

Events

Edinburgh International Festival 2011

It’s not too late to enjoy the sights, sounds and culture of the 2011 Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe Festival. Find out about what’s on, as well as editor’s top picks from the Guardian.

Culinary

Recipe: Pizza dough – Constance style

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.

Spa and sport

Top tips to get your feet sandal-ready this summer

Sophie Demaret, Spa Manager at Constance Le Prince Maurice, has some great advice to get your feet looking sexy in this season’s hottest sandals.

Insider tips

Top 5 beach beauty bag essentials

Get expert tips on what to pack for head-to-toe fabulousness as you head to the beach.

Inspiration

Top 10 highlights of Madagascar

We’ve put together our must-see list of the island for a truly epic experience, with links to more useful information.

Water villas at Constance Le Prince Maurice

The water villas are perched along the edge of a natural fish reserve, offering tranquility and beautiful views across the lagoon. Find out more, and see photos on our Facebook page.

Recipe: Pizza dough, Constance-style

Get set for a relaxed weekend supper with this pizza dough recipe from Constance Ephelia executive pastry chef Shahine Mohammad.

Pizza

Pizza

Serves 4
Preparation time: dough should be made the day before you want to use it

Ingredients 

For the dough

  • 1 kg strong plain flour (a mix of 500g of type 55 + 500g type 45 flour)
  • 50g extra virgin olive oil
  • 100g liquid ‘levain’ (a mix of 50g plain flour and 50g water)
  • 20g salt
  • 10g fresh or dry yeast
  • 500g water (at 14˚C)

 1. Firstly, prepare the ‘levain’.
2. Then pour all the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl of your mixer, and knead at speed 2 with the hook for a few minutes until all ingredients are perfectly mixed. Alternately add the ‘levain’ and the olive oil, then the water. Keep kneading for a few minutes until the dough is thoroughly mixed. Important: the temperature of the flour should be 25°C and the ideal temperature of the room 25°C as well.
3.
Stop the machine, remove the dough from the bowl and finish kneading by hand for a further 5 or 10 minutes, on a wooden board sprinkled with flour.
4. Cut small portions of dough of 150g each, then roll them by hand to give them a nice round shape. The surface should be smooth.
5. Sprinkle more flour on top and under the balls of dough.
6. Cover with a humid towel and leave in the fridge until the next day.
7. When you are ready to bake the pizzas, take each ball of dough and form it by hand to the shape of the pizza. The edges should be thicker than the centre. The thickness of the dough depends on your own taste.
8. Garnish the dough with tomato, mozzarella and other toppings of your choice.
9. Bake in a very hot preheated oven for approx 7 minutes, at 250°C. 
10. Once the pizza is cooked, brush the edges with extra virgin olive oil.

Edinburgh International Festival 2011 – round up

It’s not too late to enjoy the sights, sounds and culture of the 2011 Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe Festival.

Edinburgh International Festival

Edinburgh International Festival

  • Get the scoop on the hottest tickets in town from the official Edinburgh International Festival website. Festival ends 4 September.
  • The Edinburgh Festival Fringe celebrates creativity in all its guises. Don’t miss it – the fringe ends on 29 August.
  • What’s hot and what’s not – read the Guardian’s top picks for this year’s festival.
  • Best joke at the Fringe has been named by digital channel, Dave. Nick Helm won for his joke: “I needed a password eight characters long so I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.” See what else he had to say on the British Comedy Guide website.

Weekly round-up, 15-21 August 2011

Legends golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Legends golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage

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

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

This week we’ve got championship golf, recipes, beauty tips, expert advice on travel apps and more.

Events

PGA Championship 2011

Keegan Bradley won this week’s 2011 PGA Championship. Catch up on the golf action with our roundup.

Culinary

Recipe: Chilled tomato and green papaya soup with cucumber-coriander salsa

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.

Blue breakfast at Constance Moofushi

Constance Moofushi offers the ultimate in laid-back beach chic. Their blue breakfast is inspired by the turquoise waters surrounding this Maldivian Jewel Island.

Insider tips

Top 5 travel apps

No matter whether you’re heading to the open road or 5 star luxury, these are the top 5 travel apps you can’t leave home without.

Spa and sport

Enjoy a natural facelift with our nutmeg facial massage

If you’re feeling jet-lagged and less than radiant upon arrival at Constance Le Prince Maurice, head to Spa de Constance for this amazing facial treatment.

Inspiration

Mauritius – Top 10 ideas for a day on the water

Here are 10 great ways to discover the sublime waters of the Indian Ocean.

Top 5 travel apps

No matter whether you’re heading to the open road or 5 star luxury, these are the top 5 travel apps you can’t leave home without.

1. Packing Pro

iPad screen

iPad screen

What it does: Short of packing your suitcase for you, Packing Pro is indispensable for anyone who hates packing, doesn’t know where to start, or is a bit OCD about making lists.

You can enter the number of adults and children travelling, where you’re going and how long for. In return, Packing Pro tells you what you need to take, accounting for weather, destination, who’s travelling and personal preferences.

How much: £1.80

What it works with: iPhone, iPad, iPod

Find out more: Packing Pro

2. Weather Pro

What it does: There are lots of weather apps to choose from but WeatherPro is at the top of its game. It features 7 day forecasts and reports for over 2 million locations around the world.

How much: £1.19

What it works with: iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone 7

Find out more: Weather Pro

3. TripIt

What it does: TripIt lets you create a simple trip itinerary from the masses of email confirmations you get before you go.  It lets you forward the emails for flight numbers, hotels, car rentals and loyalty schemes and creates a master plan out of them that you can take anywhere, and access at anytime.

How much: Free

What it works with: iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, BlackBerry

Find out more: TripIt

4. Where To?

iPhone screen

iPhone screen

What it does: Winner of the 2009 and 2010 Best Ever App Awards, Travel Category this one lets you locate just about anything you can think of – hotels, restaurants, museums, hospitals, banks…

With over 700 categories and 2,400 brands, you name it – it’s on here.

How much: £1.80

What it works with: iPhone, iPod, iPad

Find out more: Where to?

5. Trip Journal

What it does: No journey would be complete without recording what you’ve seen along the way. Trip Journal lets you do just that, including geo-tagging photos and videos, and route tracking. It hooks into the big social media platforms including Facebook so you can share your experiences as they happen.

How much: £1.80

What it works with: iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android

Find out more: Trip Journal