Unusual Fact: The Cook Islands use the New Zealand Dollar but their own distinctive notes and coins.
Cook Islands are walking into unknown territory on this blog. This was both the first country that mum didn’t eat and the first country that doesn’t have a dinner. Just Breakfast. Now this isn’t the first breakfast we’ve eaten on this blog – those delicious pancakes from Canada – but it is the first without a dinner. Cook Islands, you have revolutionised Whats In Elly’s Belly.
This tiny but beautiful country sits in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. With 15 islands all together, the Cook Islands are spread over an area the size of India. They have Tonga to the West, French Polynesia to the East, New Zealand to the South and Hawaii to the North. I have made myself a promise to visit every one of the Cook Islands islands. It’s going to be amazing.
For the breakfast you need some limes. I picked some from out lime tree which is just about exploding with the amount of limes that are on it. Unfortunately for me I can’t reach a lot of them. Better get in quick with lots of lime recipes as these pesky stink bugs are back.
For the Cook Islands I made Breakfast Papaya with coconut. We used a pawpaw for this recipe rather than a papaya because that was what was available. The main differences between Pawpaw and papaya is that pawpaws are slightly larger and have a lighter flavour. Papayas are more of an oval shape and a deeper colour.
This is a very simple recipe. All you have to do is scrape out the seeds, fill it with coconut and lime and then eat. We used moist coconut flakes because we couldn’t get any fresh coconut. This worked just as well.
The original recipe doesn’t say to put lime on the pawpaw but we did because the cuts through the sweet flavour. Don’t think you’re restricted to just coconut in the pawpaw or papaya. How about muesli and yoghurt for an on the go breakfast for two. Or other fruit in the middle.
Breakfast Papaya and Coconut
1 papaya or pawpaw
juice of 1 lime
1 cup of fresh grated coconut
Cut papaya in half lengthways and scoop out seeds
Sprinkle juice over the top in all sections
Add coconut into the cavity
Using a spoon scoop out sections of the flesh and coconut