Vanuatu is a Melanesian archipelago in the Pacific Ocean consisting of 83 islands, mostly volcanic. Traveling to this country, even virtually, in April could not be more appropriate, as this month each year, the people of Pentecost island participate in the impressive traditional ceremony of N’gol or Nagol.
It all goes back to an ancient legend of a man who chased his wife to punish her, found himself at the foot of a tree which she climbed to escape him. The man then ordered her to get off, promising to soften his punishment if she obeyed. As she refused, he climbed the tree as well. The woman jumped from the top of the tree. The man imitated her immediately and died. He would never know that his wife had tied vines around her knees or ankles before jumping.
To avert the fate of the man, and make sure nobody gets tricked, but also according to other sources to honor fertility, young men participate in the Nagol ceremony. They jump from the top of 60-feet high towers, built for the occasion by tribal members. They are tied with ropes or vines at their ankles, and perpetuate this tradition after a ceremony. They are all too aware that if the rope is poorly sized or if it breaks, they can lose their lives.
Recipe of Mango Ice Cream
Preparation time: 45 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Rest time: 12 hours
1 cup mango pulp
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 can (14 oz) of unsweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
a pinch of salt
Heat the milk and turn off the heat just before it starts boiling.
Beat the eggs with the sugar, add the hot milk gradually while beating.
Then add the condensed milk and mango pulp, lemon juice and a pinch of salt, then mix well.
Let cool, then refrigerate 12 hours, ideally the overnight.
Place the mixture in the ice cream maker bowl that has previously been placed in the freezer for 12 hours. Turn ice cream maker on for 30 minutes.
For a firmer texture of the ice cream, place the preparation out of the ice cream maker in the freezer 30 minutes before serving it.