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Exotic Islands of the Kingdom of Tonga

It is starting to turn cooler outside. In fact the snow is already falling in some areas. Including where some of our ‘Travelers’ live. So this might just be a good time to travel to the sunshine and beaches and beautiful waters of the Pacific and visit Tonga.

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Stephanie chose our destination for October because

    we have a lot of Tongan friends and church acquaintances in our neighborhood. I have grown to love the Polynesian culture, including and especially the food!

so We will start with her…

Lu Pulu, which is a made with corned beef and veggies, is commonly cooked in an earthen oven and wrapped in taro leaves.

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But Steph did just fine on the stove top without the leaves since she didn’t have them. Actually, she didn’t have a kitchen either, so Way to Go!

Peggy made Tonga Toast

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Her Tonga toast was made with Banana Bread and Banana Pudding layered between the slices. Bananas are right up there with coconut in Tonga.

There is a lot of tropical fruit on Tonga so Kayte gave us our fruit dish….

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Papaya with Coconut Cream Sauce
Kayte’s was probably the simplist recipe even tho she had to sub tinfoil for banana leaves. Imagine that!

Following the coconut theme is .. well, everybody else. Seems coconut is VERY popular in Tonga.

From Rebecca we have coconut breadTongan Coconut Quick Bread which Rebecca made even better by using Vanilla Pods/Seeds from Tonga. She is the ONLY one I know who would actually HAVE Tongan Vanilla. Her loaves are lovely and full of coconut flavor.

Also using Coconut is Margaret with her P1030040

FaiKaKai (Coconut-Caramel Dumplings)
These are simple little dumplings with practically no flavor until you cover them with a coconut caramel and sprinkle with Coconut. Big difference. And then, because she had some caramel left over and a pile of sweet potatoes she also added

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Sweet potatoes in Caramel Sauce.
Both are very very sweet, but very very tasy and very very easy to put together.

We hope you have enjoyed your visit to Exotic Tonga. You can find the recipes on their blogs.

November finds us at the other side of the world in POLAND! Why don’t you make a Polish dish and leave a comment below. We would love to add you to our World Tour.

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