Trip Start May 13, 2010
273Trip End May 12, 2011
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The first stage was to boil the Utu for about to mins, just enough time to go grab a couple of coconuts and get them grated. The technique was a big piece of metal (old hinge) screwed to a piece of wood, Colin sat on the wood and took a half of a coconut at a time and scraped the flesh out on the end of the hinge, dropping the grated coconut into a bowl. Quite an effective tool, then the coconut flesh is squeezed in a piece of net cloth to extract the coconut cream. A surprising quantity of cream resulted from just 2 coconuts.
By this time the Utu had boiled away for a while and the skins were starting to split a little
One interesting side effect that we noticed later, that Colin omitted to tell us about, our wee turned a surprising shade of iridescent orangey / lime green, i think it even glowed in the dark a bit, interesting.
Still he was right about us not feeling hungry later, the Utu will make you feel full all day, and it seems it is a real super food full of anti oxidants, and not forgetting about it turning your wee a pretty colour (wonder how long it will last for).
We managed to get our camper van booked for our NZ trip, we booked through the same people we used when we went to NZ in 2008 (wilderness campers). Weather is probably a bit cold in NZ at this time of year, and we know we will be quite warm and comfy in one of their base jumper vans. It will be good to see NZ again and see a bit more of North island. We only had 5 days there in 2008, this time we have 19 days to go exploring.
What a day...
So we will be up early again in the morning looking out for the whales, this time i don’t think we will bother going half way round the island looking for them.