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18 May 2014


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Peter ah yu yet save mumu is the best. People who do mumus have learnt even in traditional days to select the stones carefully.

I am no geologist but I think there is a certain stone that is only native to my mother's people (the Bomai ku tribe )in SineSine. I reckon these stones are the best mumu stones.

We call them kople kraul but dont know the geological name.

Bernard Yegiora should know what I am talking about.

Other traditional methods of cooking in the Highlands - which give excellent results - are hollowed out large sections of bamboo, with the bottom section intact. Insert hot coals in the bottom, then leaves and food and coconut milk etc, then seal the top and leave to steam for an hour or so.

Also works with a hollowed out tree stump.

I still reckon we could make a go of a PNG restaurant in Australia using traditional cooking methods. Its worked for other cultures' cuisines. Unfortunately the name 'hard rock cafe' is already taken.

Peter Kuruvita has an excellent programme on SBS exploring Pacific cooking methods.

Not to forget the delicious Tolai version - Aigir.

(umu, mumu and hangi are similar methods)

Well I hesitate to mention the old expression "to get your rocks off."

Peter you should mention that even when you heat up the stones, any stones will heat up and if the structure of the stone is not volcanic, it will burst, sending sharp stone shrapnel missiles.

You don't want to be standing in the way of a shrapnel.

All stones before they can be mumu stones must be fired first. This blackens that stones (don't ask me about the geology of this) and makes them less propensity to exploding.

Volcanic stones also retain the heat longer than sedimentary stones and, for the highlanders who must produce steam in their heavy duty mumu, the stones must be volcanic.

There is a greyish coloured stone with white dots in them that the highlanders use for their mumu but the nambis lain have a lot of volcanic stones.

Most definitely concerted preparation. A stony visage helps with avoiding distraction, and a rockabilly for the tea is a must.

Does this method of food preparation require the application of 'hard-rock' in good quantity (e.g. AC/DC)?

Thereby arguing for the application of rock et science.

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