Recipe: Coconut cake from Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina

If you’re in the mood for something sweet, try making this delicious coconut cake from Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar.  Simple to make, it’s perfect served with vanilla ice cream.

Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, photo taken by Sandro Rizzetto

Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, photo taken by Sandro Rizzetto

Ingredients

  • 250g grated coconut
  • 250g butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 60g self raising flour
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 1 sprig of vanilla

1. Cream together the butter with the sugar.
2. Break the eggs and separate the whites from the yolks. Add the egg yolks one by one to the butter mix. Then add the grated coconut, flour and condensed milk, mix well.
3. Line a round cake or sponge in, t12 cm in diameter, with aluminum foil and butter the bottom and sides.
4. Pour in the cake mix and bake. Cook for one hour at 150°C. Check the cake is cooked with the tip of a knife, the blade must be kept clean.
5. Remove the cake from the oven and let cool completely before taking it out of the tin.
6. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or cinnamon.

Find out more about Spotlight: Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina.

Isabelle Lamant joins Constance Le Prince Maurice

To celebrate the sumptuous refurbishment of the Spa de Constance at Le Prince Maurice, world-renowned fitness guru Isabelle Lamant will be joining our team in October and introducing guests to her unique blend of dance, yoga and gymnastics.

Isabelle Lamant

Isabelle Lamant

Inspired by her love of graceful movement, Isabelle’s classes are based around her philosophy of balance integrated into fitness, dance and yoga. Isabelle has a background in gymnastics and classical dance, which she has since combined with intensive yoga and pilates training.

‘After seven wonderful years of personal training in Paris and Versailles I’m excited to come to Mauritius and work with the Constance Group,’ she says. ‘My sessions will allow guests to tone up while they are dancing, practice the Dynamic (Vinyasa) Yoga as well as learning how to relax tense muscles and weak joints.

Each session will also show how guests can integrate practical exercises into their daily life so that they will not forget so soon their lovely gymnastic sessions when they return home. No matter what their physical abilities or experience may be, my sessions work for anyone.’

Exercising to a healthier more balanced lifestyle

Based around ‘control and fitness’ and ‘sculpt and balance’, Isabelle’s aim is to help her clients exercise their way to a more healthy, balanced lifestyle. She believes her role as a teacher is to empower each participant to define and reach their own personal goals both physical and psychological.

Yoga for children

Children's yoga at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Yoganimals

In response to medical studies around the world which have proved that yoga can help children improve motor skills, concentration, posture and breathing, Isabelle has also designed a fun-filled program for our younger guests called ‘Yoganimals’. Find out more about children’s yoga at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Previous experience and training

Famous for teaching at some of France’s most exclusive spas, including Espace Payot on Paris’ Champs Elysées and Hotel du Cap Eden Roc in Cap d’Antibes, Isabelle has also trained contestants for Miss France and Miss Tourism International in Malaysia.

State certificated in Fitness (CREPS -France), Isabelle acquired her skills whilst studying for a certificate in Pilates in 2007 and got her degree Vinyasa Yoga (Yoga dynamic) in Paris with Gérard Arnaud, diploma recognized by the French Federation of Yoga and Yoga Alliance US.

Find out more about staying at Constance Le Prince Maurice from our website and discover more about Isabelle Lamant’s fitness approach on her website.

Weekly round-up: 21-27 November 2011

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

Luxurious spa treatments

Luxurious spa treatments

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

Culinary

  • Recipe video: How to make puri bread
    Watch the first in our series of recipe videos. This week a delicious and easy recipe for puri bread from Chef Rajesh Payannandee at Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Inspiration

  • Celebrate Christmas with Constance Hotels
    There’ll be a crackle in the air across the Indian Ocean this Christmas as Constance lays on some fabulous celebrations at its 7 resorts in the Maldives, Seychelles, Mauritius and Madagascar. 
  • Top dive sites in Mauritius
    Here’s a look at some of the top dive sites on the East and North West coasts of the island.

Spa & Sports

Events round-up

Recipe: Tamarind compote

This delicious Mauritian tamarind sauce is the perfect accompaniment to pork and fish dishes. You can buy tamarind paste from specialist food shops and larger supermarkets.

Star anise

Star anise

Serves 4
Preparation time:
20 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 600g tamarind paste
  • 300g sugar
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 dried chillies
  • 1 small stick cinnamon

1. Put the tamarind in a bowl. Add 80cl lukewarm water and crush the tamarind with your hand to remove the seeds. Sieve the tamarind with the water to extract the juice.
2. In a saucepan, mix the tamarind juice with sugar. Add fennel seeds, star anise, dried chilli and cinnamon stick. Simmer for 45 minutes on low heat, stirring often and checking that the compote doesn’t burn.
3. Remove all spices and refrigerate for up to a week.

You can purchase the Prince Maurice recipe book that contains this recipe and over 50 more from our online store.

Competition: which 3 words best describe Constance Hotels Experience?

Win your choice of an amazing bottle of wine from Art De Vignes or a bottle of one of France’s finest fragrances from Serge Lutens by entering our new competition.

Constance Moofushi Senior Water Villa

Constance Moofushi Senior Water Villa

To enter is simple, all you need to do is tell us which 3 words you’d choose to best describe Constance Hotels Experience.

You can comment below, tweet us @constancehotels or post on our Constance Facebook page saying:

The 3 words that best describe Constance are: [your 3 words ]

Be creative, be inspired… we’re looking for words that conjure up the essence that is Constance. 

Floating restaurant at Prince Maurice

Le Barachois, Prince Maurice

If your entry wins, you can choose which of the above 2 prizes you’d like – but you can only win 1 of them!

The competition closes at midnight GMT on Friday 25 November. You can read our terms and conditions here.

Remember, either post to the comments section below, or visit our Facebook or Twitter pages to enter. Good luck!

Serving Studer Eaux-de-Vie at Constance Hotels

Our Head Sommelier, Jerome Fauré, takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Studer Distillery that’s been making its famous eaux-de-vie and liqueurs for over 100 years.

Laguna Bar at Constance Le Prince Maurice
Laguna Bar at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Studer Distillery

The Studer Distillery has been in existence in Switzerland since 1883, in the canton of Lucerne in the north-west foothills of the Swiss Alps.

It produces eaux-de-vie and liqueurs famous for their true flavour. This is thanks to a quality distillation process using water from a privately-owned source. This is an important element in obtaining purity in alcoholic drinks.

The Studer Distillery is very much a family business, in which tradition and innovation happily co-exist. The traditions owe much to the hard work and recipes of its founder, Hans Studer, who had perfected his craft in Cognac in France.

As an aside, it is worth recalling that, in 2005, the Swiss ban on absinthe was lifted, so Studer dusted down its recipe and recommenced distillation!

Embracing change through the generations

The firm is not afraid of innovation as its products’ sophisticated and contemporary-style packaging shows. The fourth generation took over the family firm 100 years after its founding.

Award-winning company

Ivano Friedli-Studer and Käthi Friedli-Studer have been very successful and this year they carried off several prizes at the International Spirits Award organised by Mundus Vin, including:

  • 5 gold medals
  • 4 silvers
  • an unusual and exceptional pear eau-de-vie named as the best fruit-based eau-de-vie 2011
  • the coveted title of the Distiller of the Year.

These outstanding eaux-de-vie are available in all our hotels.