Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

WHAT'S COOK-ING? with a Little Endeavour Kids Get into the Maori Spirit on Celebration Day

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

WHAT'S COOK-ING? with a Little Endeavour Kids Get into the Maori Spirit on Celebration Day

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Byline: By SANDY McKENZIE

A MEAL with a difference was served up in Middlesbrough's Stewart Park to mark an important anniversary in the life of the town's most famous son, Captain James Cook.

A traditional Maori meal - a hangi - was cooked at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum on the 240th anniversary of Cook setting out from Plymouth on board the Endeavour on his first voyage of discovery to the Pacific.

The food was prepared and cooked under the guidance of tattooed Maori artist George Nuku.

Children from the Maori singing club Ahurei, made up of members of Billingham Kids Club, were on hand to bless the food and provide entertainment.

A hangi is the Maori method of cooking food over heated stones or metal bars placed in the ground in an umu or earth oven. The steel bars are heated on a pyre over a period of two hours. Once heated, the ash is removed from the pit and the iron bars are covered in soaking cloths to create steam.

The food, including chicken and pork along with a range of vegetables such as sweet potato, potatoes and sweetcorn, were wrapped in leaves and steamed in the umu for up to three hours. …

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