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.

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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.

WIN a luxury, 5-star holiday in Mauritius, flights included

Constance Le Prince Maurice Resort, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice Resort, Mauritius

Constance Hotels is running a fantastic competition to win a luxury 7-night stay for 2 at the 5-star Constance Le Prince Maurice Hotel in Mauritius.

As well as half board in an exceptional luxury Junior Suite, the prize includes flights from our partners, Air Mauritius* and access to two championship 18 hole golf courses.

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 can all be found on this blog!

Enter the competition now by visiting the Constance Hotels Experience Facebook page.

Perfume, wine and champagne on Twitter

Weekly prizes can also be won on Twitter throughout May, including bottles of wine from the wonderful Art de Vignes, magnums of champagne from Champagne Deutz and high-class French perfume from Serge Lutens.

*Flights must be taken from an Air Mauritius Gateway. Prize does not include transfers to and from the airport to Constance Le Prince Maurice. Holiday insurance isn’t included.

Serge Lutens – sponsors of our Twitter competition

Serge Lutens Fragrances

You can win Serge Lutens fragrances

Every week for the next month we’re offering fabulous prizes through our Twitter account including perfume from the world class perfumer Serge Lutens.

Serge Lutens’ perfumes are famous for their individuality, authenticity and rarity. Although born in Lille, France, Serge Lutens draws inspiration from his adopted home, Morocco.

His scents are pure and intoxicating yet anchored in reality. They smell of the things you recognise: places, skin, sex, people, even bread.

Lutens’ newest perfume Jeux de Peux is said to be inspired by childhood memories of warm, crusty bread. Other popular perfumes include Ambre Sultan, Fille en Aiguilles and Daim Blond.

Enter our Twitter competition throughout May and you could discover for yourself the beauty of Lutens’ fragrances.

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.

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

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.

Our lucky winners will start their magical holiday aboard Air Mauritius. The airline flies from more than 25 destinations across Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa.

Renowned for their exceptional customer service both in-flight and on the ground, the award winning airline has a young fleet of aircraft including the Airbus A340-300C, A340-300E, A330-200, A319-100.

On board, the cabins are designed to reflect the colours and scenery of Mauritius, from the calm turquoise waters of the lagoon and Indian ocean to the native flora and fauna of the island.

Passengers can take advantage of the airline’s eticketing system, online check in and frequent flyers club. Dedicated check in counters and use of the departure lounge is also available for business class and Elite card holders.

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 find out how to enter.

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

Top young sommelier of France 2011 – the Duval-Leroy Trophy

Ten candidates hoping to win the award of best young sommelier of France have made it through to the semi-finals of the Duval-Leroy Trophy.

Wine glass

Best young sommelier of France - Duval Leroy Trophy 2011

Among the semi-finalists is Yann Hangouet, currently our sommelier at the Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius.

The previous winner of the biennial competition was Jonathan Bauer Monneret. At the time of being awarded the title in 2009, Jonathan was sommelier at Constance Belle Mare Plage in the Blue Penny Café.

Earlier this month, some 100 candidates met across different areas of France to take part in this year’s competition.

Yann Hangouet will be hoping to win the prestigious title when he joins the other semi finalists at Vertus in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France on 27 and 28 November for the finals.

Spa for children and teenagers at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Children enjoy the spa experience

Enjoying a rose milk foot bath and massage

At Constance Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius, the luxury spa is now offering fun and relaxing treatments for children and teenagers.

With the emphasis on fun rather than all-out indulgence, our younger guests can now enjoy a range of treatments tailored to suit their particular age group.

Children aged 3 to 10 years can choose from three 30 minute treatments.

Spa fun for children and teens at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Spa fun for children and teens at Constance Le Prince Maurice

At the end of the session, they can take away a surprise present or enjoy a fizzy drink with popcorn.

For the girls, there is The Little Mermaid:

  • Flowers in the hair
  • Rose milk foot bath
  • Rose foot massage
  • A surprise to take away

For the boys, there’s The Little Prince:

  • Bubble foot bath
  • Cocofoot massage
  • A surprise to take away

There’s also the dreamy Head in the Stars for children to enjoy:

  • Wheat face massage and head massage
  • Fizzy drink and popcorn

Teenagers also love the new range of treatments. If you’re looking for a change from sunbathing and water sports, or simply want to enjoy some pampering time, the spa offers a space to relax and rejuvenate.

Having a relaxing head massage

Having a relaxing head massage

  • First facial treatment – 45 minutes
  • Toning massage – 30 minutes
  • Coco exfoliation – 30 minutes
  • Candy nail manicure – 30 minutes
  • Glam feet – 30 minutes
  • Light make up – 30 minutes

All treatments are given by our fully trained beauty and health therapists in the tranquil tropical surroundings of Spa Constance.

Yoganimals

Children can now enjoy yoga classes based around animal poses. The essence of Yogani’mals is to awaken children’s senses, and teach them about yoga through simple, fun exercises.

Find out more about yoga classes for younger guests at Constance Le Prince Maurice.