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Newamai’s pancakes

Written By : Mela Tuilevuka. Cooking has been a hobby for Newamai Marama since she was a teenager and she has many secret ingredients up her sleeve. The 46-year-old Vadravadra
19 Jul 2008 12:00

image Written By : Mela Tuilevuka. Cooking has been a hobby for Newamai Marama since she was a teenager and she has many secret ingredients up her sleeve.
The 46-year-old Vadravadra villager from Gau in Lomaiviti is a popular face at the Government Wharf canteen in Walu Bay.
When Mrs Marama is not there, people from all walks of life who flock to the canteen for a bite to eat, feel her absence as her mouth watering pancakes locally known as ‘gulagula’ is what most of them crave for during the breakfast hours.
“I learnt how to make pancakes when I was a teenager back in the village,” Mrs Marama said.
“I also know how to bake scornes, cakes, pies and home-made buns.”
Mrs Marama who has been running her business at Walu Bay for the last eight years, said that she is always happy seeing her customers enjoy their breakfast.
“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and I am always glad that my customers enjoy their meal before they carry out their work,” she said.
The Lomaiviti native said business is fair as she earns about $150 daily but at times her earnings are not so good.
“We are actually feeling the pinch now because of the recent salary pay cut as some of our customers no longer come here,” she said. Despite this, Mrs Marama who is at her business venue as early as 6am, is always ready to serve her hungry customers everyday except the weekends.
Even though she cooks for a crowd, Mrs Marama was kind enough to give us her ingredients for her popular gulagula. These list of ingredients can feed at least six people.

Ingredients:
l 2 kg flour
l 4 table spoon baking powder
l 4 table spoon yeast
l Add sugar according to taste
l Half a bottle of oil for deep frying

Method:
l Mix flour, baking powder, yeast and sugar together.
l Add warm water to mixture.
l Knead mixture thoroughly to form dough.
l Leave dough to rise for at least 45 minutes (Cover dough).
l Once 45 minutes expires, make round balls and deep fry it in frying pan.
l Cooked when golden brown.




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