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How many Bequians remember the good old days of grinding corn on that old corn mill.  Grind, sift, adjust, grind, sift, adjust.  Sweat from the time you sowed the seeds into the ground to the time you finished preparing the meal. Hours of bubbling and stirring.  Remember Cousin Ina and Uncle Hugh?  They lived to a ripe old age on a diet of coo-coo and fish.

Today I took a different approach to produce an equally satisfying meal.  I used one pound of cornmeal, a medium-sized onion, coconut oil (instead of butter), some salt to taste.  To provide added flavour and crunch I threw in one large can of whole-kernel sweet corn, including the liquid from the can.  I mixed  all the ingredients in water sufficient to cover the mixture and put it out in the sun oven at 250-300 degrees.

This was served liberally with cucumber and (stove-top) fried fish to a family of five. I was not ashamed to go for second helpings after some time at the beach.

Somehow I believe that adding diced pineapple should make this coo-coo dish more flavourful. I won’t know for sure until I try.  So until then, enjoy the pictures.  Maybe one day you’ll be convinced that you need a Global Sun Oven too.

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I know that cornmeal works well for making Coo-coo in the Sun Oven.  However I wanted to see how the real thing (local ground corn) would fare.

I started out with one pound of local ground corn.  I mixed it in with some water from the tap (enough to cover it) and added some salt and margarine.

I placed it in the Sun Oven and went off to my other duties.  I wasn’t really timing it so I cannot tell you how long it took.  It worked.

This was my first trial and I think the next time I am using the real thing I will scoop off the chaff  that settles on top after it has cooked for a while.  I find it gives it a slightly bitter taste.   I will continue to experiment until I get the perfect taste.  Maybe adding a bit of onion and garlic should do the trick.

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