As a celebration for finishing our eight week language and culture course our class put together a traditional mumu. Can I just say it was delicious.
We started out by killing our own meat…chickens with a machete. Warning: graphic content.
After Jenny, Bonnie, and I finished killing the chickens, the guys took on the job of gutting them and the rest of us girls started getting the kumu (greens) ready. This meal consisted of greens, mixed with lots of ginger,garlic, carrots, chicken, peas, and lemon grass. We tossed this all together.
Then we stuffed it all into a two foot sections of bamboo. We covered the ends of the bamboo tube by stuffing the thicker banana leaves on top of the kumu. We stuck the bamboo in the fire for about 45 minutes along with some kau kau ( sweet potato) and cooking bananas.
Then of course we dug in and ate to our hearts content. Nothing is better than good food and awesome people to share it with. We are going to miss not seeing our classmates that often , but we are excited as we start a new phase of life in PNG.