Recipe: Red snapper with Creole sauce

Savour the authentic flavours of the Seychelles with this spicy creole fish recipe from Constance Lémuria.

Will you be enjoying red snapper on the beach?

Will you be enjoying red snapper on the beach?

Ingredients

  • 2tbsp butter
  • ¾ celery stick
  • ½ onion
  • ½ green pepper (chopped)
  • Garlic
  • 1 large tin tomatoes
  • 5 fresh bay leaves
  • ½tsp chilli powder
  • ½tsp sugar
  • 1tsp salt
  • ½tsp pepper
  • 3-4 whole fish
  • 2tbsp lemon juice

Method

1. Prepare the Creole sauce by sautéing the celery, onion, green pepper and garlic in butter until golden, approximately 5 minutes).

2. Stir in the tomatoes, bay leaf, chilli powder, salt, sugar and pepper and bring to the boil while stirring. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes until thickened.

3. While sauce is simmering, line a roasting pan with buttered foil and place fish in the pan. Pour 2 tablespoons of lemon juice over the fish.

4. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Pour 1 cup of sauce over the fish. Bake, basting, for a further 10 minutes.

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A foodie journey into Indian Ocean Cuisine

The island nations of the Indian Ocean are united in a cuisine inspired by the rich scents and flavours of the spice route, the influences of their African neighbours and a variety of settlers from across the globe.

Indian Ocean cuisine

Indian Ocean cuisine

The food of Mauritius, Maldives, Madagascar and Seychelles are all infused with culinary traditions which stretch from India and Asia to Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

Each of these nations has drawn these rich international influences into their own unique national cuisine to create a heaven of gastronomic discovery for the foodie traveller.

Take our tour of Indian Ocean cuisine.

Mauritius

With its rich culinary history, Mauritian cuisine is inspired by the array of fresh produce which grows on this lush, fertile island as well as the seafood caught in its clear, calm waters.

Settlers from India, Africa and China and its past as a French colony mean that you are likely to enjoy croissants alongside samosas for breakfast and dim sum or fish vindaye (a curry to rival the Indian vindaloo) for lunch.

The favourite flavours in Mauritian cuisine come from the gentle heat of chillies such as the cari chilli, turmeric, garlic, tamarind, ginger and vanilla (most of which are grown on the island). Chilli is so popular in Mauritius that it is even sprinkled on pineapple and sold as a popular street food.

Seychelles

The Creole cuisine of the Seychelles is a blend of African, French, Chinese and Indian influences warm with spices and rich with flavour.

Historically the colonial producer of spices for the British Empire the Seychelles has a tradition of food flavoured by chilli, garlic, ginger and cinnamon.

The Indian Ocean also plays a central role in Creole cuisine with seafood flavoured by Seychellois spices including lemongrass (citonel), chilli (pima) and onions (la ke onyon).

Another key ingredient are the luscious tropical fruits which grow on the islands including mango, pineapple, banana and passion fruit.

Seafood in the Seychelles

Seafood in the Seychelles

Maldives

Ninety-nine per cent of the Maldives is ocean so fishing is at the heart of this nation of small islands which explains why seafood plays such a major role in Maldivian cuisine.

Largely influenced by neighbours in India and Asia, the Maldivians have embraced many traditional Indian and Asian dishes such as curries and laksas and adapted them into uniquely Maldivian dishes.

Tuna plays an important role in Maldivian cuisine with tuna curry proving one of the nation’s favourite dishes. Fresh tuna soup (garudhiya) made with hot chillies and onion is another spicy favourite.

Madagascar

The food, like the wildlife, on Madagascar is vibrant and unique with influences largely from France, Africa and Asia.

Almost every meal in Madagascar is made up of rice (vary) and an accompanying dish (known as laoka) of fresh seafood, zebu (meat from a local cattle) or vegetables.

Madagascan cuisine is flavoured with local spices including cloves, vanilla, black pepper, ginger, nutmeg and curry powder with onion, garlic and tomato added to create rich, warm flavours.

Madagascans like their food hot and often add sakay (a pepper sauce) to what they’re eating to turn up the heat.

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Mark Davis battles windy conditions to win SSE Scottish Senior Open

Wind was Mark Davis’ major adversary at the SSE Scottish Senior Open but the gusts of over 25 miles an hour couldn’t stop him from finishing five under par to win the title.

Golf at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Golf at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

The win was the Englishman’s first victory on the European Senior Tour after only three starts and makes him the sixth youngest winner in Senior Tour history.

The SSE Scottish Senior Open at Fairmont St Andrews brings the European Senior Tour a step closer to its finale, the MCB Tour Championship held at Constance Belle Mare Plage in December.

Despite the win, Colin Montgomerie remains at the head of the European Senior Tour order of merit.

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Summer cocktails

No matter where you are this summer nothing creates a holiday vibe like serving up a selection of cool cocktails to share with friends.

For a splash of inspiration try some of these light fresh summer cocktails inspired by the warm sunshine and tropical flavours of the Indian Ocean.

The Strawberry Cucumber Cocktail

The Strawberry Cucumber Cocktail

Apple Pie Amore

A fresh blend of vodka, apple, lime and vanilla syrup from Constance Belle Mare Plage.

The Nature

Champagne, vodka, liqueur and lemon sweetened by sugar cane give this cocktail from Constance Le Prince Maurice a tropical flavour.

Flaming Mai Tai

Watch this classic cocktail prepared by one of our expert mixologists on YouTube.

Cocktail from Constance Tsarabanjina

Imagine yourself on a white-sand beach watching a Madagascan sunset as you sip this tropical cocktail of lime, rum and blue curaçao.

Strawberry cucumber champagne cocktail

This light, refreshing champagne cocktail from Constance Halaveli is the perfect summer tipple.

Feel inspired?

If these delicious cocktail recipes have caught your imagination why not hone your mixology skills with a masterclass in cocktail making at Constance Halaveli, Maldives.

The hour-long lesson at the beautiful Jing bar will teach you the basics, perfecting your skills in mixing classic cocktails as well as any favourites you may have.

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  • Find out more about our hotels in Mauritius, Maldives, Seychelles and Madagascar on our website.

 

5 watersports to try at Constance

The warm waters and sunshine of the Indian Ocean offer the perfect conditions to try a variety of exhilarating watersports.

Kite surfing in Mauritius

Kite surfing in Mauritius

Get inspired with our list of some of the watersports available at Constance to get your pulse racing.

1. Big game fishing

Feel the thrill of landing some of the ocean’s great sports fish including Blue Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, Whaoo and Dorado with payable fishing trips available at all our resorts across the Indian Ocean.

2. Kitesurfing

Mauritius has become a popular kitesurfing destination in recent years, even playing host to Kiteival, an island-wide Kitesurfing event held every August. Discover the fast-paced watersport for yourself with payable lessons at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

3. Scuba diving

The Indian Ocean offers some of the best scuba diving sites in the world. Whether you choose the dramatic submarine granite formations of the Seychelles, the sponge gardens of Madagascar or the stunning reefs of the Maldives and Mauritius, every island destination offers something unique for the keen diver to discover. Our highly qualified dive centre guides will introduce beginners and experienced divers alike to the wonders of the Indian Ocean.

Kayaking at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Kayaking at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

4. Hobie Cat sailing

Feel the rush of the wind and the spray of the ocean on your lips as you speed across the sparkling blue water of the Indian Ocean in one of our Hobie Cats. Free for Constance guests in Mauritius, Seychelles and Madagascar, these exhilarating small catamarans are a great way to explore the islands.

5. Kayaking

For a more laid back adventure why not explore your tropical island destination by kayak. Available at most Constance resorts this free activity is a great way to discover secluded beaches. At Constance Ephélia, guest are even invited to take a kayak tour through the stunning mangrove forests, a designated Ramsar site for internationally important wetlands.

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Recipe: Red devil smoothie

The Red Devil Smoothie from Constance Belle Mare Plage

The Red Devil Smoothie from Constance Belle Mare Plage

Cool down this summer with this devilishly refreshing smoothie recipe from Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Ingredients

  • 100ml fresh grapefruit juice
  • 60ml strawberry purée
  • 20ml rose syrup
  • Mint sprig
  • Grapefruit slice

1. Mix the grapefruit juice, strawberry purée and rose syrup.

2. Pour into a glass and add the mint sprig and grapefruit slice to garnish.

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