Recipe: Salad of smoked duck and leeks with vanilla citrus dressing

This week’s recipe from the Constance kitchens is a light, refreshing smoked duck and leek salad with vanilla citrus dressing. Perfect for warm summer days and al fresco dining.

Vanilla pods

Salad of smoked duck and leeks with vanilla citrus dressing

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

Serves 4
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Marinating time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 leeks
  • 1 smoked duck breast
  • 1/2 vanilla pod
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small bunch of chives
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • curly endive and lettuce to serve

1. Clean the leeks, cut them into strips (like tagliatelle) and wash them well. Blanch them for 3-4 minutes in boiling salted water, then drain and refrigerate.
2. Finely slice the smoked duck breast.
3. Cut the vanilla pod in two, lengthwise, and scrape out the seeds with the tip of a knife. Set aside.
4. Peel the oranges and grapefruit, cutting into the flesh, then cut off the segments while keeping any juice that drops. You will need about 4 tbsps of juice for the dressing.
5. Mix honey, vanilla seeds, orange and grapefruit juice, and 3 tbsps olive oil. Add salt and pepper.
6. Cut chives into 2 cm lengths.
7. Put the leeks in a large dish, add dressing, chives, orange and grapefruit segments, salt and pepper. Let this salad marinate for 5 minutes.
8. Just before serving, wash and drain the curly endive and lettuce. Line each plate with a few salad leaves, top with some leek salad and a few slices of smoked duck breast. Pour a thin streak of olive oil over this and sprinkle with a pinch of salt.

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Recipe: Lemon compote with star anise and vanilla

This week’s delicious recipe from the Constance kitchens is Lemon compote with star anise and vanilla. It’s the perfect partner for seafood or duck.

Star anise

Star anise is a key ingredient for Mauritian lemon compote

Let us know how you get on and send us your comments and pictures of your own lemon compote.

You can get in contact with us via Twitter, Facebook or the comments section below.

Serves 4
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 3 1/2hours

Ingredients

  • 1 kg lemons
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 5 star anise
  • 500g sugar
  • pinch of salt

1. Brush lemons under cold running water and cut 4 vertical slits into each of them.
2. Cook them for 4 minutes in boiling salted water, then put them into iced water. Do this three times to remove any bitter taste.
3. Cut the lemons in 4, remove seeds. Then cut the lemons into wedges, and then dice them.
4. Put the diced lemons in a saucepan, add 1 litre of water, the vanilla, star anise and sugar Cook on low heat for 3 hours.
5. Allow to cool and keep in the fridge until needed.

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Deutz champagne – sponsors of our Twitter competition

Bottle of Deutz champagne

Deutz Champagne

Deutz champagne is produced in the Aÿ region of Champagne. Founded in 1838, Deutz is today considered one of the finest champagnes in the world. Five successive generations of the Deutz and Geldermann families have continued to produce champagne and the house now produces both vintage and non-vintage cuvee.

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Air Mauritius – partners in our fabulous holiday competition

Air Mauritius

Air Mauritius

We’re delighted that Air Mauritius is sponsoring our fabulous competition, where you can win a luxury 7-night stay for 2 at the 5-star Constance Le Prince Maurice Hotel in Mauritius including half-board in an exceptional junior suite and flights.

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You can enter the competition now! Check out Constance Hotels Experience on Facebook to find out how to enter.

We’re also running competitions on our Twitter account throughout May and June.

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We’re offering fabulous prizes through our Twitter and Facebook accounts including exceptional wine from Art de vignes.

Art de vignes team

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Art de vignes is a small association of passionate, dedicated wine growers. They follow tradition while supporting the evolution of the world of wine.

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You can also enter our fabulous competition to win a luxury 7-night stay for 2 at the 5-star Constance Le Prince Maurice Hotel in Mauritius including half-board and flights.

All you have to do is answer 3 simple multiple choice questions about Constance Le Prince Maurice and you’ll be in with a chance of winning. And the answers are all on our blog.

You can enter the competition now! Check out Constance Hotels Experience on Facebook to enter.