Recipe: Creole fish and seafood soup

Evening on the beach at Constance Halaveli

Evening on the beach at Constance Halaveli

There’s something wonderfully exotic about this fish soup – the spices give it the special Creole flavour. Ideal for a weekend meal, it’s simple to prepare and cooking time is under an hour.

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

Ingredients

  • 4 firm fleshed white fish fillets, about 80g each
  • 4 large prawn tails, shelled
  • 4 small cleaned squid
  • 2 spiny lobsters, about 500g each
  • 200g potatoes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

For the broth

  • 1 fish head (red snapper)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 celery stick
  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 5 small or 2 medium sized tomatoes
  • 1 fresh red chilli
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 4 coriander roots
  • 4 coriander leaves
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 4 curry leaves
  • 3 sprigs parsley
  • 10cl dry white wine
  • 1.5 litre fish stock
  • 20g butter
  • salt and pepper

Finishing touch

  • garlic croutons

1. Make the broth: peel and chop the onion and garlic. Peel the carrots. Dice carrots, celery and fennel bulb. Cut the tomatoes into quarters and slit the red chilli lengthwise.
2. Fry the onion, carrots, celery, fennel, chopped ginger, garlic, tomatoes and chilli in the olive oil for 2 minutes. Add the fish head, turmeric, coriander roots, thyme, curry leaves and parsley. Season with salt and pepper and let it brown for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the white wine and reduce by 1/3. Add the fish stock, bring to the boil and simmer for about 30 minutes.
3. Strain the broth through a fine sieve and keep warm.
4. Pan-fry the fish and the prawn tails separately in olive oil for 3 to 4 minutes. Set aside.
5. Poach the squid and the spiny lobsters for 4 to 5 minutes in boiling salted water, then throw them into iced water to cool them. Drain, shell the lobsters and slice their tails.
6. Peel the potatoes and boil them for 12 minutes. Slice them into rounds.
7. Shortly before serving, coarsely chop the coriander leaves. Correct seasoning and, using a hand blender, emulsify the broth with the butter.
8. In a soup tureen, arrange the fish, shellfish, potatoes and cover with the hot broth. Sprinkle with chopped coriander and serve with garlic croutons on the side.

You can purchase the Constance Prince Maurice recipe book from our online store - it includes 50 of our favourite recipes.

 

A day in the life of a spa trainer

Ajay Kishtoo, spa trainer, Le Prince Maurice

Ajay Kishtoo

Ajay Kishtoo’s working day as a spa trainer is varied and exciting. Here’s a look at a typical day for Ajay at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius.

I wake up at 6am and have a light breakfast. I have to be ready to catch the hotel bus by 7am. Once I arrive at the hotel, I check the schedule for the day, help the therapists with the set up and organise training with the staff.

Launching a new treatment

Today, I’ve got a long day ahead of me as we’re finalising the last assessment for a new treatment we’ll be offering – Fusion Massage. Fusion full body massage is inspired by occidental and oriental massages like Thai, shiatsu and Swedish.

The treatment launches tomorrow, and we have to make sure that all our therapists understand the benefits of the treatment and are able to use the different movements confidently.  

Massage at Spa de Constance

Massage at Spa de Constance

Before we launch a new treatment, our therapists and receptionists experience the massage themselves so they really understand what they’re selling.

My inspiration

It was my mother who inspired me to get into this type of work. She has a real gift for healing people who suffer from back pain. She’s never trained formally but she’s helped so many people during her life.

Seeing my mother doing something that makes her so happy has inspired me and my brothers. We used to pretend to do massage on each other. Little did we know that later in life we’d develop a real passion for our work as therapists. Together, we’ve created a school for youngsters who want to train in this type of work.

What I really love about my job

What I really love about my job is the notion that I’m sharing my knowledge with people but also learning from others. All therapists have slightly different techniques and views, and it’s good to take these on board and to share our thoughts with each other.

I enjoy every moment of my day in the spa – particularly the sharing, and seeing the satisfaction of a client after their treatment.

Beauty tip: make your summer glow last longer

Sophie Demaret

Sophie Demaret

After the summer break, keep your skin glowing for longer with this easy beauty tip from Sophie Demaret, Spa Manager at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

To make your summer tan from your Mauritius trip last, I suggest you
combine delight and wellness with this home-made scrub recipe.

1. In a bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of coconut powder with a tablespoon of honey.

2. Apply to your face. Avoiding
the delicate area around your eyes, massage gently from the inside to the outside for 1 minute, then rinse in cold water.

3. Make sure not to forget your neck and cleavage.

4. Finally, apply your usual beauty products.

Recipe: Curry risotto from Mauritius

L'Archipel restaurant at Le Prince Maurice

L'Archipel restaurant at Le Prince Maurice

This curry risotto comes from the kitchens of Constance Le Prince Maurice. It makes a great mid-week recipe and is easy to prepare.

Take your time stirring the stock into the rice, and enjoy the gentle pace of risotto-making.

Serves 4

Preparation and cooking time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 shallot
  • 140g risotto rice (arborio or carnaroli)
  • 15cl dry white wine
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1tsp curry powder
  • 3 curry leaves
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 30cl chicken stock
  • 20g butter + 20g for finishing
  • 1 sprig coriander, chopped
  • 3 tbsp grated parmesan cheese

1. Peel and finely chop the shallots. Sweat them for 2 minutes with the butter in a heavy saucepan. Add the rice, fry it for a few minutes until it whitens.
2. Add the white wine, boil down until dry.
3. Peel and chop the garlic. Add it to the rice with the curry powder, thyme and curry leaves.
4. Gradually add the chicken stock and cook for 18-20 minutes on low heat, stirring constantly. The rice should retain a slight crunch. Add remaining butter, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and chopped coriander. Correct seasoning and serve.

Villa inspiration with Constance Hotels

At Constance Hotels, there’s an enticing choice of villas and suites to choose from.

Water villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Water villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

We offer overwater villas, junior and senior suites set amidst tropical vegetation or perched on the edge of hilltops, family villas directly on the beach, and sumptuous presidential villas.

Sometimes it’s hard to decide exactly what type of accommodation you want, so here’s a quick run down of the luxurious rooms we offer.

Also, take a look at Constance on Facebook. There are lots of inspiring photos and videos posted by Constance fans.

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.