For David’s history class, he had to cook and serve an ethnic food. I suggested that he go Polynesian, because there is a Pathfinder honor called Cultural Food Preparation that he could earn at the same time. This honor requires that the food be cooked in a lovo, which is a pit dug into the earth to serve as an oven. He agreed, so today we did it.

First he dug the hole.

First he dug the hole.


It was about 30" across and 10" deep.

It was about 30 inches across and 10 inches deep.


Then he laid a criss-cross fire and lit it.

Then he laid a criss-cross fire and lit it.


Once the fire was going, we piled some rocks on top of the wood.

Once the fire was going, we piled some rocks on top of the wood.


Then we let it burn.

Then we let it burn.


After 90 minutes, we removed the mostly-burnt wood and spread the rocks out.

After 90 minutes, we removed the mostly-burnt wood and spread the rocks out.


...covered the rocks with corn husks.

...covered the rocks with corn husks.


Added some sweet potatoes

Added some sweet potatoes


Covered them with more corn husks, and buried them.

Covered them with more corn husks, and buried them.


After 90 more minutes, we dug them up.  They were soft and gooshy.

After 90 more minutes, we dug them up. They were soft and gooshy.


And here they are.

And here they are.


I was the only one in the family brave enough to eat them.  They were good!

I was the only one in the family brave enough to eat them. They were good!


I slathered them with a bit of butter and sprinkled on some cinnamon. They were as good as any sweet potatoes I have ever had.

We had a bit of luck at the grocery store too. After we selected the potatoes, we went in search of some corn-on-the-cob, and in-the-husk too. They had some, but what was even better, was that they had a garbage can right next to them where people could shuck their corn right there in the store. So I fished several husks from the barrel. The cashier let us have them for free, but I’m pretty sure she musta thought we were a couple of rednecks or something. Maybe we are. Anyhow, we were able to get corn husks for free. Bonus.

We are both going to claim the Pathfinder honor too. I helped dig, financed the whole operation, gave advice, and in general participated in every step. Especially the eating part. I still have two sweet potatoes left too. Maybe I’ll have one for lunch tomorrow.

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