Boil Up is a traditional method of cooking used by Maori’s in New Zealand where starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes, potatoes, carrots, pumpkins are boiled together with pork bones, spinach/watercress and dumplings called dough boys.
- 1 1/2 pork ribs
- 1 pc bacon hock
- 3 medium sized potatoes, cubed
- 2 large sweet potatoes, cubed
- 1/2 pumpkin, cubed
- 1 bunch watercress
- 1 cup flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 large onions
- freshly ground black pepper
- In a large pot add pork ribs and fill it with boiling water just enough to cover the meat. Boil for 5 minutes then drain. Clean ribs and remove any scum.
- Place ribs, pork hock and onions back and fill again with boiling water just enough to cover the meat. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, bring to a boil and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
- Make you dough boys by combining flour, baking powder and water. Form into ball slightly larger than golf balls then set aside.
- Remove ribs from the pot then set it aside then add potatoes, sweet potatoes and pumpkin. Bring back to a boil then simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add the dough boys and continue to simmer for 10 more minutes.
- Add the ribs back and watercress, cook until watercress is tender which might take 5 more minutes.