Anyway the very nice people at Vodafone Fiji have decided to give us lots of bonus data so our $25Fj recharge has given us not the normal 2Gb but 12Gb to play with. It'll allow us to upload some videos to YouTube in the next few days..
In the meantime, here are a few photos to illustrate the making of a Lovo (earth oven). It's something that you could build on any beach, although unless you happen to have coral rocks and palm trees handy you might have to modify these instructions a little!
|Start with the ancient ceremony of Passing the Bic Lighter|
|Light the kindling (award yourself extra lovo points if no paper is involved)|
|Add the coconut husks|
|Add some logs and pile on the coral. Leave the fire to burn well for about an hour.|
|Meanwhile, prepare the food. In this case tapi solo, a dough of grated coconut and cassava, mixed with a little coconut milk and sugar.|
|The tapi solo are rolled into balls and then wrapped in palm leaves like this|
|After an hour, rake away the logs and any other burning coconut to leave the hot stones exposed.|
|Place a grid of green sticks over the hot coral|
|Place the tapi solo on the sticks. Close supervision is important!|
|Cover the food with a layer of palm fronds|
|Add a couple of wet hessian sacks and cover them with the excavated sand. Leave for 90 minutes whilst you do some canoe-building.|
|Carefully scrape away the sand, remove the sacks and palm leaves and carefully pick up the hot tapi solo|
|The cooked tapi solo will be slightly caramelised - they are filling and tasty (about the only way we could eat cassava, to be honest)|
|If you manage to catch a small crab it can be cooked on the hot coral (add some of the discarded logs for additional heat if required).|