2 c Fresh Kina tongue 2 Rashers Bacon
1 c Breadcrumbs
Kina or sea eggs are a staple Maori food for those fortunate enough
to live close to the sea. Kina is found at low tide in rock crevices
and under ledges of rock. They should only be gathered however in
summer when they are sweet. Maori lore says it is best for them to be
gathered at low tide on the first, second and third days after a full
moon. When opened the shell will be found to contain a mass of fine
grit and shell, a purple membrane and five tongues which are red. The
tongues should be scraped from the shell with a spoon taking care not
to include any membrane or grit.
Method: 1. Place alternate layers of kina and breadcrumbs, into a
buttered pie dish finishing with a layer of breadcrumbs.
2. Cover with chopped bacon.
3. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes until the crumbs and
bacon are crisp and the tongues are cooked. Serves 4
SOURCE: *Kiwi Cookbook, by Alan Armstrong, Seven Seas Publishing Pty
Ltd, PO Box 1431, Wellington, New Zealand, (C. 1968) ISBN 85467 016 5
SHARED BY: Jim Bodle 5/93