Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Niuean Porridge

Niue is another Pacific island country. At 100 square miles, it is one of the largest coral islands. About 1,400 people live there, and most of them are Polynesian. The island is divided into 14 cities. They function as electoral districts, and each village sends a representative to vote for Parliament. The capital is actually made up of two villages, Alofi North and Alofi South.

The population of Niue is decreasing like many of the countries I have researched lately. They have emigrated mostly to New Zealand. Also similar to Pitcairn Island and Tuvalu, postage stamps bring in a lot of revenue. If the US could start selling as many stamps as these other nations, we could easily heal the postal system. Some other important features of the economy are the production of coconut cream and honey, tourism, and handicrafts. The Niuean women are famous for their weaving, especially their hats.

Like many Polynesian/ Pacific/ tropical countries, Niue relies heavily on cassava, fruits, and coconut milk for food. I read about today's porridge recipe from a visitor who had it while staying in Niue. It is tapioca pudding served cold with fresh fruit. It takes you to a warm Pacific island with every bite.
 Niue: Porridge
Niuean Porridge
serves 3-4
1/4 cup instant tapioca
4 cups coconut milk
1 cup cubed watermelon or papaya
sugar, to taste
Soak the tapioca in the coconut milk for 5 minutes. Put it in a large microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high for 12 minutes, stirring every three minutes to ensure no lumps form. Stir in the sugar, and allow it to cool. Cube up the fruit, stir it into the porridge, and refrigerate until cold.

1 comment:

  1. Wikipedia tells me this is called Nane Pia. Thanks for the recipe.