Mealworm Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup mealworm flour
Cream butter well, then mix in sugar, egg, vanilla flour, salt, baking soda,
chocolate chips, oats, and mealworm flour. Drop batter by the teaspoonful on a
greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees farenheit. This recipe
doesn't have much in the way of palpable insect content, but is an excellent way
to introduce others (or yourself!) to entomophagy. Even many rather squeamish
people will try mealworm cookies, since the cookie format doesn't look "gross"
to most people, and since it is rather difficult to actually taste the mealworms,
though they enrich the cookie with a somewhat nutty flavor and extra protein.
To make insect flour:
Spread your cleaned insects out on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Set your
oven 200 degrees and dry insects for approximately 1-3 hours. When the
insects are done, they should be fairly brittle and crush easily. Take your dried
insects and put them into a blender or coffee grinder, and grind them till they are
about consistency of wheat germ. Use in practically any recipe! Try sprinkling
insect flour on salads, add it to soups, your favorite bread recipe, on a boat, with
a goat, etc.
Chocolate Covered Crickets
25 adult crickets
Several squares of semisweet chocolate
Prepare the crickets as described above. Bake at 250 degrees until crunchy
(the time needed varies from oven to oven). Heat the squares of semi sweet
chocolate in a double boiler until melted. Dip the dry roasted crickets in the
melted chocolate one by one, and then set the chocolate covered crickets out
to dry on a piece of wax paper. Enjoy! This is a little time consuming to make,
but definitely worth it...the crickets are deliciously crunchy!
Ant Brood Tacos
2 tablespoons butter or peanut oil?
1/2 pound ant larvae and pupae
3 serrano chilies, raw, finely chopped
1 tomato, finely chopped
Pepper, to taste
Cumin, to taste
Oregano, to taste
1 handful cilantro, chopped
Taco shells, to serve
Heat the butter or oil in a frying pan and fry the larvae or pupae. Add the
chopped onions, chilies, and tomato, and season with salt. Sprinkle with ground
pepper, cumin, and oregano, to taste. Serve in tacos and garnish with cilantro.
(Not living in an area exceptionally prolific with ants, I have never been able to try
this recipe. But it sounds perfectly delicious! I found it in 'Creepy Crawly
Cuisine', an excellent recipe book.)
As many mealworms as you can sanely eat
Open mouth. Insert live mealworms. Chew. Swallow.
You can eat almost every kind of edible insect raw; however, this method of
eating insects should only be performed on insects that you keep yourself or
know are free from pesticides. Do not snag passing cockroaches, ants, or
termites in an urban area unless you have developed a natural immunity to
pesticides. And don't forget to wash your insects before eating them!
Stir Fried Cricket Curry Over Rice
1 Can Coconut Milk
One Clove of Garlic
One Half Onion
Various seasonal vegetables
Cook Rice in a seperate pot.
Heat oil in a skillet or wok. Add onions and peppers; heat and stir until onions are brown. Next, add the garlic. Heat it, but be careful not to burn the garlic. Next add the
vegetables and crickets and stir rapidly. It may be necessary to put in long-cooking vegetables such as carrots and potatoes earlier to insure they are cooked properly.
When all of the vegetables and crickets are finished cooking, add the coconut milk and the curry. Stir until everything is well mixed. Serve over rice.
Deep Fried Bug
Heat up the grease. When it sizzles, put in some bugs. Cook until crisp. Lay them out on a paper towel to drain. Eat with your favorite condiment.
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