As we are preparing for our move to Papua New Guinea we have been trying to slowly adjust our cooking life to what we will experience their. Once a week we started cooking a meal from scratch, using only the ingredients that we are likely to have in the highlands of PNG. Although we will have a “modern” kitchen, there will be some limitations of items that we are used to. Here are a few interesting things about food and cooking in PNG.
- No fresh dairy exists in Ukarumpa (powdered milk).
- Bags of flour have bugs in them (bugs are killed by putting the flour in the freezer, then sifted out).
- There is a variety of fresh produce (sweet potatoes, onions, bananas, eggplant, peppers, etc.).
- Drinking tea during all hours of the day is very common.
The Wycliffe Cookbook has some great basic recipes for folks cooking with limited ingredient and appliance options.