June 19, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Posted in Oceania | Leave a comment

Vanuatu is one of the nations in the Pacific that make up our Oceania region.   It’s west of Fiji and has an interesting history as being a uniquely governed by a joint agreement between the British and the French.     It became it’s own nation in 1980 but a heavy French influence is still evident.

One of the most interesting parts of Vanuatu is that its the source of a unique cargo cult, John Frum.  This cult believes that by following a mystical white man (John Frum), they will be rewarded with Western goods.   John Frum followers surged after  World War II:  during the war,  loads of Americans were stationed in Vanuatu end brought in huge amounts of goods.   When the war ended, the supply dried up:  to encourage the flow of goods again, the cult went on to build new runways to encourage the Americans to fly back in and bring in the wealth.    Spooky religion.

The Plan

This was was taken from Vanuatu chefs.

Local Coconut Cake


4 cups of grated coconut
250 grm unsalted butter
8 whole eggs
2 cups castor sugar
2 cups of self rasing flour


  1. In a bowl using an electric mixer whisk sugar and butter until light and creamy.
  2. Then add the eggs one by one into the butter and sugar mix making sure that you mix    the eggs through thoroughly.
  3. Using a metal spoon mix the flour and grated coconut into the above mixture.
  4. Butter and flour a round or square medium size baking tin and pour mixture into it and then place into pre heated oven.

Cook for 1 hr and 15 minutes @ 130 degrees Celsius

The Event

Er, this was a cake.  Not much to report.

The Outcome

Chris:  “Yum!”

Liam: “Yum!”

Jacq:  “This is the very best thing you have ever cooked”

Me:   I still don’t get deserts.  This was sweet, tasty and…a cake.


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