29 December 2016

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I started off good.   This was part of the makings of a LOVO that Junia put together for all the kids before they left.  Specifically, this was little flour cakes wrapped in leaves by Ju.

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Here some kids are making palusami –  taro leaves with coconut cream, with and without corned beef.

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I think this is the very hot rocks that became the base of the oven.

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I know this is the oven all covered with sand.

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A few hours later, this is the steam coming out of the sand.   The lovo is ready.

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The the boys are carefully uncovering the food.  As much sand is moved to the side as possible and then the coverings of  banana leaves and coconut leaves are removed.

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Big arms of tapioca (cassava) line the outsides, and here we see foil packets of palusami.

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Under the palusami are bigger foil packets of whole roast chickens.

This was my last picture of the lovo.  I know now I really should have gotten pictures of the food on the platters, happy eaters and all that … but all I could think of was eating.  Oops!  Anyway, this is the most typical week in the whole year for lovo meals – because Christmas celebrations to Fijians is that the whole family gets together and EATS.  Yum yum.

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HAPPY HARVEST

Yesterday, Junia came up with a pineapple he was really happy with.

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Here are 3 varieties of pineapple.   Lying down – left to right – are the New Pineapple, the Ripley Queen pineapple, and the Hawaiian pineapple.   I bought the Hawaiian one at the market, not knowing ours were ripe.  The Ripley Queen, is what Junia says is what we have growing here.

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Here they are, standing.  Ju thinks the New Pineapple is a cross between the Ripley and the Hawaiian.

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This was the FIRST one of the new ones.  Austin got the planting material from agriculture a year ago or so.

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CURIOSITY OF THE WEEK

A sprouting house.

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Just figure this one out!

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Happy New Year to you all!

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2 thoughts on “29 December 2016

  1. Very interesting, as usual, Kim. I enjoyed it all, especially about the different pineapples. Happy New Year to all of you. I hope to see you in 2017.

    • Hi Larry. Glad you enjoyed it. Happy New Year to you as well. I hope you will get out here ….. glad to tell you the Pool is CLEAN now. It’s a great time to show up! Lots of love.

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