7 Tisema Tokanacki
We usually spend Saturdays at a leisurely pace with one or two planned activities. Well today was always going to be different. We have invited two teachers from ‘Ahopanilolo and their husbands for dinner… Not sure who is bringing their kids so it is the usual fluid arrangement. We have also been invited the annual Parish feast lunch on the lawn in front of the cathedral… and last night Saane swooped on us as we walked in the door at 11.30pm to invite us to a consecration of a new church her brother has just built. As we can’t be in both places at once we sadly declined yet another feast of puaka (oink) and taro feeding thousands.
They are such happy occasions that bring communities together and like most cultures focus on FOOD!
Dinner ended up being with Lene, husband Don, their son, Atu and her niece who had flown in from Samoa.
Menu was fresh spring rolls Tongan style (thank you Sandy!!) with fresh satay sauce… well a kind of satay sauce based on what ingredients we can find. Then stir fry chicken, fennel rice and a pineapple cake… again it could be interesting as have had to use the oven with no temp controls so cooking it has been a challenge. It was half done when we had to zip off to the convent so I may have to try to finish the baking when I return… Hmmmm I wonder what Nigella Lawson would think of this haphazard baking?!
One of our guests left a few pieces of jewellery for me to offer around… as you can see even Kotoni enjoyed becoming a fashion model. Thanks again Sandy!
Happy birthday Kris Battye of Orange