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Meghan cooks up traditional Fijian breakfast

25 October 2018 09:27

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child next year.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child next year.

The Duchess of Sussex has helped make a traditional Fijian breakfast dish as part of her first royal tour, which includes a visit to the South Pacific island.

Meghan was shown how to make lote - made from smoked breadfruit and served either as a breakfast or dessert - as she met representatives from women's organisations in Fiji.

The Duchess, who is expecting her first child, was attending a special morning tea at the residence of the British High Commissioner in Suva, Fiji where she met a female pilot for Fijian Airways as well as women serving in the armed forces and police.

Smoked breadfruit

Cookery trainer Alisi Delai showed the mother-to-be how to scrape coconut flesh and extract the juice with a hot stone to make the meal.

Speaking afterwards, Ms Delai said: "This (lote) is something we Fijians have for breakfast instead of porridge, or as a dessert.

"It is made from smoked breadfruit - the breadfruit that we used was picked from the High Commissioner's garden yesterday afternoon.

"She wanted to mix all the ingredients together, to participate in making the lote. She also enjoyed me demonstrating how we sit with the coconut scraper."

"She found it very interesting, how we use our traditional methods of cooking, and how in Fiji we are very alive with our culture in terms of local cuisine. We like to show the local cuisine by using the local produce."

Marginalised women

Meghan also met a woman who has made a living out of fashioning baskets and bags after her village was destroyed by cyclone Winston in 2016.

Temalesi Vere, 44, who is married with five children, said three people were killed and 98% of the homes were destroyed when the cyclone hit her stretch of the coast in Ra province.

Ms Vere said: "I told her that the handicraft helped our family and helped us to earn money. She really appreciated what we are doing here."

Janet Lotawa, the director of Rise From The Reef, an organisation which supports the craftswomen, also met the duchess and said: "She definitely seemed to be interested in marginalised women.

"She seemed pretty adept at understanding the dynamics of economic development for women."

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