Culinary Festival winner starts a Michelin-starred internship

Talented winner of last year’s Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau, Hem Pulami is teaming up with winning partner French chef Luc Mobihan once again for an internship in Mobihan’s Michelin-starred kitchen in France.

Chef Hem Pulami of Constance Halaveli

Chef Hem Pulami of Constance Halaveli

Hem has taken a break from his role at Constance Halaveli’s signature restaurant, Jing, to study under the renowned French chef at his restaurant Le Saint Placide at St-Malo, northern France.

One of the first things Mobihan did on Hem’s arrival was to take him to see the famous oyster farms of Cancale which produce around 25,000 tons of oysters each year.

Chef Mobihan received his training in some of the greatest Michelin-starred restaurants in France and it is the technical expertise he learnt there, as well as his passion for beautiful, simple food, which he will be passing on to Hem.

Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2014

The Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau, held at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius, is an opportunity for talented young island cooks like Hem to learn from the great chefs of European haute cuisine.

Farming the oysters of Cancale

Farming the oysters of Cancale

Excitement is already beginning to build for the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2014 when more chefs from the Constance group will get the opportunity to work alongside some of Europe’s greatest chefs.

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Recipe: Mauritian style fish curry

One of the most popular dishes at Constance Le Prince Maurice, this fish curry is the perfect meal for sharing with friends.

Laguna Bar, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Laguna Bar, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Ingredients (Serves 4)

Fish curry:

  • 600 g white flesh fish ready to cook, and cut in cubes
  • 60 g Onions
  • 10 g Chopped Garlic
  • 10 g Chopped Ginger
  • 25 g Chopped Coriander
  • 10 g Thyme
  • 5 g Curry leaves
  • 200 g Diced Tomato
  • 35 g Curry powder ( best quality you can find)
  • 6 g Turmeric powder
  • 5 g Red chilli powder (optional)
  • 10 g Cumin powder
  • 10 g Coriander powder
  • 100ml of fish stock ( or water)
  • 50 ml Coconut milk
  • 50 ml oil
  • Salt and pepper

1. In a large pan, pour little oil. When it’s hot put the onions, garlic, ginger and the herbs cook for 5 minutes.

2. When the onion turn lightly brown in colour add the spices and simmer for 5 more minutes. Add diced tomato and cook on low heat for 5 more minutes. Add coconut milk and fish stock. Reduced to a nice consistency.

3. When you are ready to serve, eat up the curry sauce, add the fish and cook for 2 minutes. Switch off the fire, cover and allow resting for 10 to 15minutes (until the fish is cooked).

4. Add fresh chopped coriander. Serve hot with plain rice, lentils fricassee, tomato chutney, cucumber salad and any pickles from the supermarket.

Tomato Chutney:

  • 100 g fine-diced tomatoes
  • 20 g fine chopped coriander
  • 40 g fine chopped onion
  • 10 g Soya bean oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

1. Mix all the above mentioned ingredients, season and serve.

Plain white rice:

  • 200 g Basmati rice
  • 500 g water
  • 4 g salt

1. In a pot boil the water; add some salt and the rice. Cook for around 15 minutes, strain in a colander and serve hot.

Cucumber salad:

  • 200 g cucumber
  • 20 g sliced onions
  • 5 ml white vinegar
  • 5 ml oil
  • Salt and pepper

1. Peel and slice the cucumber, mix with the sliced onions. Season with the other ingredients.

Recipe: Duck legs and roast pineapple, smoked bacon

Seychellois spices and tropical fruits combine to bring out the delicious flavour of duck in this popular recipe from Constance Ephelia.

Duck legs and roast pineapple, smoked bacon

Duck legs and roast pineapple, smoked bacon

Ingredients

The meat:

  • 8 duck legs
  • 1 onion
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 5g honey
  • 50ml soy sauce
  • 1 litre duck stock
  • 1 long pepper

1. Prepare, trim and season the duck legs with salt and pepper.

2. Brown them in a cast iron pan with a little oil, adding the garlic, cinnamon stick, long pepper, chopped onion and cloves. Let it all sweat for 5 minutes.

3. Take the grease off and add the honey, deglazing with the soy sauce and moistening with the duck stock.

4. Boil it and skim off the impurities. put the lid on and put it in the oven at 160˚C for about an hour and a half.

5. At the end of the cooking, take the meat out and reduce the braising liquid to three-quarters in order to obtain a syrupy sauce.

6. Put the duck legs in the sauce and keep them hot.

The garnish:

  • 2 Victoria pineapples
  • Dark Muscovado sugar
  • 200g smoked bacon/lard
  • 4 medium onions
  • 100ml chicken stock
  • Five Pepper Mixture: as required
  • Flat leaf parsley

1. Boil the smoked bacon/lard for an hour. Drain it and set it aside.

2. peel and cut the pineapple into quarters and trim the ends. Put the trimmings in a juicer to obtain some fresh juice.

3. Heat the Muscovado sugar in a pan, caramelise them in a pan, salt the quarters and deglaze them with pineapple juice. Then glaze them once more with some good juice. Store them.

4. Cut the onions into quarters, caramelise them in a pan, salt them and moisten them with the chicken stock and put them in the oven at 160˚C for about 25 minutes. Store it all.

5. Fry the parsley sprigs and set them aside.

Finishing and presentation

Put two duck legs on each plate. Add two pineapple wedges, two pieces of smoked bacon and reduce the braising liquid and finish off with the mixture of five peppers and fried parsley.

Sommelier’s suggested wine

Bold dry white wine:

  • Alsace Sonnenglanz Grand Cru, Trapet Gewurtztraminer, 2007 France
  • Hermitage blanc, Domaine Marc Sorrel, 2005 France

Weekly round-up, 8-14 August 2011

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.

Events

Boats at Cowes Week

Boats at Cowes Week

Cowes Week, 6-13 August 2011

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2011 has got off to a great start. Day 1, Saturday 6 August, produced perfect sailing conditions, and there’s been plenty of excitement already.

Get the lowdown on what’s happened so far at Cowes Week 2011.

Expert opinions

Best digital cameras – tips from the experts

Choosing the right digital camera, whether it’s a compact or SLR, can be a minefield. Check out these recent blog posts from industry experts to get the latest reviews and advice before you part with your cash.

Culinary

Recipe: Seafood vindaye with white haricot beans

Want to create some of our chef’s amazing dishes yourself at home? Every Friday, we post some of the most amazing, delicious and popular recipes online. Try these easy-to-make nutty bread rolls from Mauritius.

Spice route – 5 spices from the island of Madagascar

Madagascar is also renowned for its spices. Here are 5 of the best served atConstance Lodge Tsarabanjina, along with recipe and remedy ideas for each spice.

Lobster on the rocks at Constance Tsarabanjina

At Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar there’s no such thing as imported fresh produce. Everything comes from Nosy Bé market, or the mainland food producers.