Kiribati (Oceania) — coming 23 December 2022

Kiribati is located in the continent of Oceania. It has The Marshall Islands to the north, Pacific Ocean to the east, Samoa to the far southeast, Fiji, New Caledonia and Tuvalu to the south, the Solomon Islands, Australia and Papua New Guinea to the southwest.

The capital and government centres are at Ambo, Bairiki and Betio.

The official language is English.

The climate is hot, humid, tropical, with temperatures averaging 83F. The dry season is from June to October, and the wet season is from November to April (https://climateknowledgeportal.worldbank.org/country/kiribati/climate-data-historical#:~:text=Kiribati%20has%20a%20hot%2C%20humid,the%20small%20islands%20and%20atolls.).

The staple foods are yellowfin, lobster, skipjack tuna, shellfish, crabs, shrimp, breadfruit, coconut, squash, cabbage, pumpkin, bananas, taro, noodles and so much more (https://www.diversityplus.com/web/Article.aspx?id=Enjoying-the-Food-of-Kiribati-on-Island-Time-4141&type=tops#:~:text=The%20main%20food%20item%20is,%2C%20broiled%2C%20baked%20and%20fried).

https://www.britannica.com/place/Kiribati

TE BUA TORO NI BAUKIN (https://www.196flavors.com/kiribati-te-bua-toro-ni-baukin/):  

            – 1 C flour

            – 1 tsp baking powder

            – 6 TBSP powdered milk

            – 1-1/2 lb. pumpkin, grated

            –  1-1/2 lb. cabbage, shredded

            – 1 lemon

            – ½ lb. tin meat (SPAM), or ½ lb. corned beef

  1. Peel pumpkin and grate flesh into a dish, or if the pumpkin is large, cut the top and carve the inside. Drain excess water from grated pumpkin.
  2. Shred cabbage and add to grated pumpkin.
  3. Add flour, tinned meat (or diced corned beef), powdered milk (or soy milk), cabbage and baking powder to the pumpkin. Mix all together.
  4. Add salt, pepper, and lemon juice.
  5. Put mixture into a baking dish that was greased with butter or oil.
  6. Cook in 350F oven until brown, about 45 to 50 minutes.

To be honest, I was not sure how this dish was going to taste because of the ingredients, but it really tasted great!!!

CUCUMBER AND SPINACH SALAD (https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1865457336890042&id=1682555475180230&m_entstream_source=timeline):  

            – 1/3 C (50g) New Zealand Spinach or Malabar torn in half

            – 1 Cucumber, thinly sliced

            – 1 onion, sliced thinly (optional)

            – toasted pumpkin seed (optional)

            – 1 radish, sliced thinly (optional)

            – 2 TBSP oil

            – 1 TBSP vinegar

            – ½ tsp salt, to taste

            – ½ tsp pepper, to taste

            – ½ tsp sugar

  1. In a clean bowl, mix oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and sugar.
  2. Add all vegetables and toss so that dressing is distributed evenly.
  3. Serve with meal.

This was a really good salad!! Better than I thought with a radish and pumpkin seed!

BANANAS IN COCONUT MILK (https://www.marionskitchen.com/bananas-in-coconut-milk/):  

            – 2 C coconut milk

            – ½ C water

            – ½ C white sugar

            – 1 tsp sea salt

            – 6 medium ripe bananas, peeled and cut into chunks

  1. Place all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Bring to the boil then turn the heat down a little and simmer for 10 minutes or until bananas have softened slightly.
  3. Serve warm or room temperature.

This was a little different, but it still tasted really good!

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