Recipe: Curry flavoured peanut and cashew bread rolls

Dining at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Dining at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Home-baked bread is far tastier than anything you can buy in the supermarket. Try these Mauritian nutty bread rolls – they’re easy to make, and best eaten warm.

Serves 8
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Resting time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 500g flour + 50g for dusting
  • 10g baker’s yeast
  • 75g mild curry powder
  • 10g salt
  • 50g peanuts
  • 50g cashews
  • 1/4 tsp powdered red chilli

1. In a large bowl, mix the flour, yeast, 30cl water and the curry powder.
2. Knead by hand for 15 minutes. Add salt, peanuts and cashews then knead for 5 more minutes.
3. Shape this dough into balls, about 50g each. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let the dough rise at room temperature for 30 minutes.
4. Preheat oven to 220ºC. Place a bowl of water in the oven.
5. Lightly dust the rolls with sifted flour and red chilli powder. Using a sharp blade, make 3 slits on 3 sides of each roll. Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.

You can also purchase the Constance Prince Maurice recipe book from our online store.

Interview with the winner of our 5* holiday of a lifetime competition

Conny and Alan Jones

Conny and Alan Jones, winners of our 5* holiday competition

Conny Jones, who lives in the UK, is the lucky winner of our 5* holiday of a lifetime to Constance Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius.

She’ll be heading out to Mauritius with her husband of 30 years, Alan. Find out what winning the holiday means to Conny and Alan.

Q: How do you feel about winning the competition?
A: I was absolutely stunned and over the moon. I’d just got home from work. I work long days as a ward sister and I usually check my emails when I get home to unwind. I nearly didn’t open the email because I thought it was nothing. I had to read it five times. Then I just screamed. My son said ‘what’s up’, and my husband was saying ‘no, it’s a timeshare’. We all looked at it again and again and said, ‘it’s real’. We couldn’t believe it.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, junior suites

Constance Le Prince Maurice, junior suites

Q: What does it mean to you to be going to Mauritius for your 30th wedding anniversary?
A: It’ll be amazing. We’ve just had our 30th anniversary. We’d wanted to go to Rome for a week but both our children are doing exams, AS and A levels. They’re 17 and 18 years old. So we went to North Devon for the weekend instead but it rained all the time so we thought we would have to do something else. Then this came along.

Luxury spa at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Indulgence at Spa Constance

Q: What are your hopes and expectations of Le Prince Maurice?
A: I’ve been looking at the little video of the hotel on the website, trying to imagine what it’s going to be like. I’m really looking forward to the feeling of being pampered. To feel rich and looked after. I think it’s just going to be amazing. All our holidays have been done on the cheap before. The sheer luxury, food, scenery, watersports… it will be amazing.

Q: How does your husband feel about the holiday?
A: My husband finally believes it. He’s really looking forward to it. At Christmas he works really hard in the Christmas tree trade, and in January he usually gets a bit depressed. Christmas will be easier this year knowing that we’ve got the holiday coming. Our children are teenagers and don’t really like sunshine holidays. They did ask ‘is it for 4 people’ but we said, no, it’s just for 2!

Q: Do you often enter competitions, and win!
A: For the last couple of years I’ve entered competitions but I got fed up with it and stopped altogether. It was only a couple of months ago that I started again, and now I only enter ones that I really want. I’ve won small things before like cosmetics. We won a family weekend in London once with tickets to the theatre. But I saw this competition on the Loquax competition site and thought it looked good. I’m still amazed I’ve won.

Read our Spotlight: Constance Le Prince Maurice. Mauritius

Recipe: Pineapple and watermelon sandwich with cinnamon French toast

Liven up breakfast time with this easy and tasty recipe from Constance Le Prince Maurice in the Indian Ocean.
Pineapple and watermelon sandwich with cinnamon French toast

Pineapple and watermelon sandwich with cinnamon French toast

Serves 4
Preparation time: 1 hour
Cooking time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:
2 medium sized pineapples
1kg watermelon
12 basil leaves

For the cinnamon French toast:
4 slices white bread
2 eggs
40g sugar
1 pinch cinnamon powder
25cl whole milk
80g butter

For the citrus jus
1 orange
1 grapefruit
20g sugar

1. Peel the pineapple and watermelon. Cut each fruit lengthwise into 8 5mm thick slices. Lay these on top of each other in the following order:

  • 1 slice of pineapple
  • 1 basil leaf
  • 1 slice of watermelon

Repeat this twice until you have a 3 tiers in your sandwich. Make 4 other fruit sandwiches in the same way. Trim each one into a neat square and then cut each square into 2 triangles so you have 8 triangular sandwiches. Secure each triangle by using a small wooden skewer into it.

2. Make the citrus jus: halve each citrus fruit, squeeze them and mix their juice with the sugar. Boil down by half, and set aside.

3. Make the cinnamon French toast: break the eggs into a bowl, whisk in the sugar, cinnamon and milk.

4. On a low heat, melt a little butter in a large frying pan. Dip the bread slices into the egg batter, lay them into the pan and fry them gently until lightly golden.

5. On each plate, put 1 slice of French toast and 2 triangular sandwiches. Sprinkle with citrus jus and serve while the French toast is warm.

Let us know how you get on, and send us your comments and pictures of your own fruit sandwich and cinnamon toast. You can get in contact with us via Twitter, Facebook or the comments section below.

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

Customer reviews: thank you for a fantastic holiday

Constance Belle Mare Plage, pool and bar

Constance Belle Mare Plage, pool and bar

We recently received a thank you note from two of our guests, Tiffany and Willie, who stayed at Constance Belle Mare Plage last year. They had such a great time, we wanted to share their note with you:

“We just wanted to thank you and all of your staff for a fantastic holiday, we really enjoyed every minute!

And thank you so much again for the upgrade during our stay to the Le Prince Maurice which was just idyllic!!

I know that you said to us at the time that it was a good way to see some more of what Constance Hotels has to offer and this was a fantastic opportunity.

Aerial view of Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

As a result of this we have just booked our honeymoon at the Constance Moofushi for May 2012 straight after our wedding and really cannot wait!

So again a huge thank you and we haven’t hesitated to recommend Constance Hotels to anyone and everyone!”

5 places to pause with a book at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Aerial view of beach and infinity pool at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Beach and infinity pool at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Guests at Constance Le Prince Maurice enjoy 60 hectares of beautiful tropical gardens bordering the still waters of the lagoon.

The resort is brimming with quiet spaces decked out with enormous sofas, chaise longues and sun loungers.

Grab a book and head to these 5 spots at Constance Le Prince Maurice, where you can indulge your literary senses, and enjoy the peace and stillness.

 

The beach

Here you’ll find fine white sand, calm turquoise waters, palm trees, super-comfortable sun loungers and first class service from the ‘sand butlers’. The beach is just a stone’s throw from the junior suites and villas. The beach gets the sun all day, and you can even watch the sun set out to the West from the comfort of your sun lounger.

 Looking East over the bay

Tucked away behind the junior suites, you’ll find this tranquil spot overlooking the easterly side of the resort. Hidden away from the restaurants and bars, the only sound here is of the sea and a gentle breeze.

The Pool Bar

The infinity pool is breathtakingly beautiful, warm and comes complete with a bar that you can swim up to. Take a seat at the water’s edge, ring the bell for service and soak up the views across the pool. The pool bar is warmed by the afternoon sun, making it perfect for languid moments when all you want to do is pause and enjoy.

Laguna Bar

Laguna Bar

The Library

If you’re hankering after a more traditional space where you can put your feet up and get stuck into your literary tome, head to the library. It’s air-conditioned and furnished with comfy arm chairs and shelves of books, newspapers and DVDs to borrow.

Laguna Bar

Flanking the infinity pool is the Laguna Bar. Fans whirr above huge chairs and sofas furnished in purples and reds, and the polished wooden floor feels super-luxurious. There are no walls or windows along the side of the bar so you can enjoy uninterrupted views across the pool and out to sea. If there’s a downpour of summer rain, head here – enjoy the chill out music and sound of water from the pool, order drinks and snacks from the bar, and get reading.

Can you recommend a good read? We’d love to know what books you’d suggest taking to read in these places.

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Recipe: chicken and prawn fricassee, stewed Chinese bredes with boucane

Red and green chillies

Red and green chillies

It’s Father’s Day in the UK on Sunday 19 June.

Here’s a special recipe for all the Dads out there from Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius. Enjoy your day.

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour

Ingredients for the fricassée

  • 4 boned chicken legs
  • 8 large shelled prawns
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1 fresh green chilli
  • 5 sprigs thyme
  • 6 curry leaves
  • 5 sprigs parsley
  • 4 diced tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp tomato coulis
  • 5 sprigs coriander
  • 6 tbsp oil
  • salt and pepper

For the stewed Chinese brèdes

  • 1 Chinese cabbage
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 100g boucane (smoked pork belly)
  • 1 dried red chilli
  • salt and pepper

1. Make the fricassée: peel the onion and garlic. Chop them separately, chop the thyme, curry leaves, parsley and coriander. Cut each chicken leg in 4 pieces, add salt and pepper, then brown the chicken in 2 tbsp of hot oil in a frying pan. Set aside.

2. Season the prawns with salt and pepper. Sear them for 5 minutes in 2 tbsp of hot oil. Set aside.

3. In a saucepan, sweat the onion, garlic and ginger in oil for 2-3 minutes without colouring. Add the diced tomato and let stew for 10 minutes. Add the thyme, curry leaves, parsley, the chilli split in two lengthways and the tomato coulis. Stew for a further 10 minutes on low heat. Add the chicken and simmer for 15 minutes on low heat; then add the prawns. Simmer for 5 minutes and correct seasoning.

4. Prepare the Chinese brèdes: clean the Chinese cabbage and chop the leaves. Peel the onion and garlic, chop them separately. Chop the red chilli. Dice the smoked pork belly and cook it in boiling water for 20 minutes. Drain.

5. In a saucepan, brown the onion, garlic and pork belly in oil for 3 minutes without colouring. Add the brèdes and the chopped dried chilli, season with salt and pepper. Cover and stew for 10-12 minutes on low heat. Correct seasoning.

6. Serve this chicken and prawn fricassée with the stewed Chinese brèdes, plain white rice or bread.

Let us know how you get on, and send us your comments and pictures of your own chicken and prawn fricassée. You can get in contact with us via Twitter, Facebook or the comments section below.

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