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Bronze Cassava Cake


Kia Orana! (Hello in Cook Islands),

I have for all of you a wonderful recipe, very simple and easy to make, but most importantly it is absolutely DELICIOUS! (Yum!)

I found out that “maniota keke” is cassava cake in Cook Islands language… I couldn’t find bronze. Someone please correct me if i’m wrong hehe!

This recipe is a fave of mine; one that I remember my Mum making for at least the last 15 years. I remember it earlier than that from one of her good friends from the Cook Islands. Whenever we used to have gatherings she would make this desert dish, and I have always loved it since my very first bite. The cassava, the coconut cream, the golden syrup (as we call it here in Australia. Or molasses, as my American wife tells me…), and the mouth explosion of island flavor in every bite. Ok, maybe I’m getting too happy… hmmm.

I have always loved eating cassava, but mainly with other Fijian foods like curry, stew, palusami, etc. or even on its own is great as a snack, but many people my mother has made this for have never had cassava in this way before. It’s unique, but the flavour is to die for! I’m sure you will love it.

You know what? How about we make the dish for ourselves… right… now?! Sounds good to me (That sounded like I was talking to myself). Ok, Here goes…



2x Grated Cassava
1 Litre Milk
Mollases (Golden Syrup) 450g
4 tbsp Brown Sugar (White Sugar is OK)
Coconut Cream (Kara brand, or one that is extra creamy)










1. Preheat oven to 200°C (392 fahrenheit)

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 2. Pour grated cassava into mixing bowl

pour milk, stir

3. Pour the milk and stir

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“Hey, can I eat it??

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4. Add sugar and molasses/ golden syrup

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5. Stir it up… then pour into baking tray

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7. Once poured, place tray into oven which should be preheated to 200C. Bake for 40 minutes at 200C, then lower temperature to 180C (356F) and bake for another 40 minutes.

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8. When the time is up, you should have a lovely Bronze cake. Take it out of oven, cut in squares, then leave aside to cool.

9. Once cool enough, it’s now for the best part… pour creamy coconut cream (especially Kara brand… the BEST) all over the cassava squares, and there you have it. That’s my fave island dessert everrrrrr. ENJOY 🙂


Thanks to my lovely sis for taking that pic for me, nice shot. I had to rush home and forgot to take the photo myself, lol!

Just want to say thank you to our many regular viewers of this blog. It’s been a busy 3 weeks since our last post so thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! The beauty of Polynesian Culture is a beautiful thing.

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Until next post it’s NOO AKE RA (goodbye in Cook Islands) from the PolyHub team! Take care!

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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in COOK ISLANDS, Polynesian FOOD


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McDonalds Waikiki/ Haupia Pie & Pineapple Dessert

ALOHA all!

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, my wife and I had some life changing experiences on our recent trip to Hawaii. Those experiences have brought me to where I am right here and now, learning the Fijian language. There is one experience from Hawaii though, that left me in awe. Yes, that experience was when we went to (oh man…) McDonalds in Waikiki!! LOL

Why do I laugh? Hmmm, maybe it’s half disbelief, half embarrassment… I mean… pfft, it’s only McDonalds *face filled with confusion* of all places, RIGHT?

Ok, please allow me a short minute to explain the situation if you will:

We had just arrived in Hawaii and been driven via shuttle to our hotel (Queen Kapiolani Hotel, Waikiki), by the time we checked in, settled into our room and what not, it was about 930pm. We decided to go for a walk and look for a place to eat. We were sooooo hungry. Our minds were to exhausted after the Flight from Jacksonville FL, to Dallas TX, to Honolulu, HI… so we couldn’t be bothered looking for new places to eat. By then, in our tired state, McDonalds was the easiest, less painful, most faimliar choice.

I knew immediately what I wanted… Big Mac meal.

BUT, then I saw a sign up ahead…

haupia pie

On the sign was a Mcdonalds pie, with a flavour i had never seen before in a McDonalds restaurant. It was called Haupia Pie. No, not apple pie, HAUPIA pie. A quick search on google helped me to find out through wikipedia *see link here* what HAUPIA is (even though the picture next to it had coconuts all over it, i still Googled ‘haupia’ as i was soooo excited to see an island name on a McDonalds menu, and wanted more data to quench my thirst for Hawaiian knowledge).


We waited ever patiently for our meals. it was a little busy that night. I could not stop talking about this coconut pie i just ordered… still in disbelief that this could even be possible for McDonalds to sell such a pie. (I guess I knew it could be possible… In Australia McDonalds sold an English Pie during the FIFA World Cup which had berries and custard which was very nice indeed, but this time… I was in Hawaii, and I was loving the islands… so…)

When the meals came out and the register lady called out our receipt number. Yeah, that was our number. BUT, I saw our tray of food with an additional two cups of extra yellow stuff. I actually wasn’t sure if they got our order correctly. I asked the register lady about it, and she said: “It is a cup of Pineapple. It comes free with every meal”. I couldn’t breathe!!! The excitement! The passion! The love for Hawaiian food and island tropical fruitiness… this was GOOD.

Haupia Pie & Pineapple

I ate my burger and fries in quick haste with the look of satisfaction on my face. Then, when that was done, all that lay before me was the Haupia Pie & Pineapple. My mouth began watering again. Then there I was, blissfully enjoying the coconut haupia pie which went SO well with the golden Maui pineapple. I thought I was trying to eat them really slow to enjoy the dessert longer… Before I could take a 2nd breath, they were both… gone.

In no way will I ever regret a McDonalds meal ever again in Hawaii. I don’t know how often they make these types of pies, but I’m so glad I got to experience that. It really enhanced the Polynesian experience for me.

taro pie

McDonalds also at times have sold Taro Pies, like the one shown above… I had that on my mind this weekend.

So i went and got me some Taro tea with Tapioca pearls. It was Asian style tea but that doesn’t even matter. The flavours were sweet and still reminded me of the islands, and it was purple  🙂

The Taro tea sure tasted great, though, with all due respect to those milk tea makers, it was no compensation for my unique Haupia Pie experience. YUMM-O!

taro milk tea with tapioca pearls

It’s a kind and warm Haupia Pie Mahalo for this post. So, until next post. Moce Mada! 🙂

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Posted by on July 28, 2014 in HAWAII, Polynesian FOOD


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Tahitian Coconut Bread/ Polynesian Cultural Centre, Hawaii

Ia Ora Na! (hello in Tahitian)

My wife and I had the fun task of watching how to make Tahitian coconut bread @ THE POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTRE back in June 2014. We learned that Tahitians are known for their wild hip shaking hula style with wicked Timbaland sounding island drum beats that he probably sampled himself at some point… The Tahitian folk in this part of the POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTRE tour actually made the bread by cooking it in the ground like the old school Tahitians, in fact just like all polynesians would have done (no ovens existed back then. I guess we can call them underground ovens?). Also, and to my own disappointment, you can see below on the right is a poor quality picture of the recipe. Yes I took that hideous picture… (blurry, unreadable, no focus, disappointing…). I did manage to find another better quality pic though…

OK, I’m ready. Let’s make this beautiful thing! 🙂


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Ingredients: grated coconut, flour, baking powder, sugar, water 


1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit/ 175 degrees Celsius

2 – In a large bowl, mix coconut & baking powder

3 – Add Sugar & Water

4 – Add flour

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(above: gradually adding flour to rest of ingredients)


5 – Mix all ingredients to a doughy texture, adding flour as needed so that dough’s not to stick

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6 – Break dough into 5 pieces of equal size (we used coconut oil to line the foil). Roll each piece into a log and wrap in Aluminium foil, the place on baking tray.

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7 – Bake in the oven for 1-1.5 hours

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Check if the bread is cooked through… And there you have it, your very own hot and steamy coconut bread. When you slice the bread while still hot/ warm, the smell is so coconutty and delicious. Might be a little heavy depending on who you are, but absolutely perfect buttered with a nice hot cup of tea. YUMMMmmMM-O!! Stay tuned for more Poly food/ recipes & more on the POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTRE!!

TAMA’A MAITAI (Bon apetit in Tahitian) 🙂

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Posted by on July 16, 2014 in Polynesian FOOD, TAHITI


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