The secret of a traditional Tahitian oven is in…the cooking! And to do it well requires lots of patience. The day before the meal, a hole needs to be dug and filled with coconut husks and wood on which the stones are laid. The fire is lit and when the stones are hot enough, they’re covered with banana leaves on which the food is placed. The oven is then covered with jute mats and sand to sealit and the food is left to cook slowly for a few hours.