Ben was kind enough to share the technique with me, as he experienced it at the Mumu feast he attended.
There were also bits of powdered tapioca starch and water stuffed into green bamboo, so it steamed into gooey, starchy globs.
Now different types of meat are added.
The photos were taken by his group and show the delicious food as it is cooked in the ground.
You may want to cover the bowls with more fresh banana leaves to keep off the flies.
Last summer, my niece Brianna Ralston and her boyfriend Ben Smith travelled to Papua New Guinea, where Ben grew up with his family.
They felt so privileged to share food with their friends from Papua New Guinea that was cooked in this traditional firepit method of cookery.