Skip's 4x4

Skip's 4x4
Moore River - Xmas Hangi - 24 Nov2001

The 4WD club (and a few members of the Nissan owner's club) put on their end-of-year bash, in the forest along the banks of the Moore River. The highlight of the event, was a huge "hangi" feast, authentically prepared by Styx - our very own Ex-Kiwi! Well done Styx! But the highlight for the kids was a huge bouncy castle, supplied by Ed Sault, who runs a business hiring out bouncy castles, jukeboxes, karaoke machines etc (call him on 0419 936 121 to book one!). This was a great weekend. Many thanks to all of the participants of this gig, all 60 of you!

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10:30 Saturday morning. Tent city begins to take shape.
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Meanwhile, the Hangi pit, full of railway iron, is burnt to coals to create immense heat. 
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The hangi food is prepared. 2 pork, 4 legs of lamb, 2 blade roasts, 8 chooks, 2 pumpkins, 1 sack of spuds, and an 8Kg Dhufish. 
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The whole lot is wrapped in banana leaf, then dripping wet calico.
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In goes the pumpkin on the top layer.
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And then the spuds.
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Then the fence wire is sealed up to hold it all together.
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Styx throws some water on the hot irons to start steaming it up.
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It took 4 of us to lift and lower the food in. Styx very bravely balances on a plank above the scorching metal. 
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Hessian bags were soaked in the river overnight, then used to drape over the pit, to help steam it up, and keep the dirt out.
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Finally, the pit is covered completely with dirt, to seal in all the steam, and hence "pressure cook" it.
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Meanwhile, the kids enjoy having a swing over the river.
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The hangi pit fully sealed at about 12:45PM. Now all we have to do is wait 6 hours!
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Relaxing with some drinks and nibbles for the arvo.
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Mark having a swing out over the river.
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Kylana (left) and my Sarah decided being IN the river was better!
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Another view of our "social" area.
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Ed rolls up with his bouncy castle! That's Robbo's big Genset sitting next to it, to power it. 1836.JPG
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Ignition - air begins pumping in.
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1 minute later, a bouncy castle!
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In go the kids! Us big kids were not allowed though :-(
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This image has been censored at the request of the subject!
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The arvo slips by, so we get the camp fire going.
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Styx begins to dig up the Hangi at about 6:45PM.
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Mudslide grabs the shovel. Styx says "damm that's hot!" 
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The Hessian is removed, layer by layer, till all 10 are gone.
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Taking this photo, I was right in the steam, which smelt fantastic!
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The huge mass of food is lifted out of the pit.
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And we start to open the wire basket with all the delicious smells surrounding us!
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Sofia makes the gravy as the boys continue to open the hangi.
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And there it is! All cooked perfectly!
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All the food, including the pumpkins were so tender, that they just fell apart.
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Exposing the meat - yum!
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The main area, with party lights and flood lights over head.
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2, 4, 6, 8 - bog in - don't wait!
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Carving off slices of succulent meat. Mouth watering!
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Eating, eating, and more eating. Most of us had 4 helpings!
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The morning after. We stayed up till 2AM having drinks, and spinning yarns. 1856.JPG
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The kids back on the swing.
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The deflated bouncy castle.
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Frogmeister!
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View of the whole campsite.
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A view of part of the river.
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Big Pete's awesome 60 series.
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More of the Moore river!
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Another view of the campsite.
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Ed's Turbo Diesel Nissan.
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