Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Thursday theme song: New Zealand Hangi


I was teaching my ESOL adult students what a Hangi is.

I was pleasantly surprised that In South America, they also cook food in a similar way. In Peru, Felecites tells me they call it Pachamanca, and in Chile, Monica says they call it Curanto. My Samoa students call it Umu.

In my other blog, annkschin.blogspot.com, I wrote about Hangis and my book, Mail order Bride., and short story, Nadine in various posts, but I didn't have a closeup photo. Here I am fortunate that Ngarimu's cousin invited me to take as many photos as I wanted.

Here are pix of the hot pit.


It is Maori Language week this week. Māori Language Week, te wiki o te reo Māori, is a government-sponsored initiative intended to encourage New Zealanders to promote the use of Māori language. Māori,

Hangi is a New Zealand Maori way of cooking in a pit. Kai means food , Whanau means family. Puha is a vegetable that grows wild.

Hangi tonight
J Haimoana/I Kiwi
We'll have hangi for our kai
Pipis ka pai
We'll have a Maori hangi tonight
We'll have puha with our pork
Waipero while we talk
We'll have a Maori hangi tonight

Get the stones red 'n hot
Put more puha in the pot
And we'll have a Maori hangi tonight
watch the haka by the boys
Waihine and their pois
We'll have a Maori hangi tonight

We'll gather all the whanau
Make sure our friends all know
We'll have a Maori hangi tonight
We'll get the old guitar
Someone plays harmonica
We'll have a Maori hangi tonight

Repeat chorus, 1, then chorus.


The JR said...

I recently saw them doing this on food TV. Neat technique.

Unknown said...

Fabulous. The food must be really really great. Hope you had a taste.

Anonymous said...

wonderful post and song!

My Mind's Eye said...

Hi Ann,
Since Anni said she was taking a blogging break I didn't post my TTS today. I changed teh post date to 7/14.

Your TTS and pictures are fantastic!!

The dust storm was in Phoenix, AZ...which is about 1,000 miles from North Carolina. I saw it on the news too never seen anything like that before.
Madi and Mom

SquirrelQueen said...

I have cooked food in pits usually using a dutch oven but one time with pork wrapped in burlap. It was all delicious. I did not know there was a name for this type of cooking.

I love that song, thanks for sharing.