Lunch Make Mine Bugs

hmmm, bugs

When was the last time you had bugs for lunch? I am not talking about a lunch date with a friend who has a funny nickname nor am I talking about that rascally rabbit. Okay so I am showing my age. You got it flaunt it.

And while those white grubs under that log may be great in a survival situation how likely are you to appreciate them as a side dish at dinner?

I am talking about insects. If you want to watch a conversation deteriorate fast and get a chorus of ewws and disgusting start talking about insects and food. Not the time you were dared to eat that caterpillar, which could be a mistake, if you do not what it is. A good rule of thumb is when thinking about putting things in your mouth, if you do not know what it is, don’t.

Around the world various insects are a staple part of people’s food choices. They are readily available and in great variety.

What happens when we begin to consider insects and spiders as possible snacks? Picturing them in a stir fry or topping baked potatoes with sour cream or a cheese sauce? What about an ant omelet? Or cricket casserole?

Instead of being frightened when we encounter that bug our mouth begins to water and we visualize how we will consume eat and think about the food value, protein and vitamins it brings to the table.

No more screaming and calling for someone to rescue us, the bug becomes the prey and you the hunter out on a safari for that perfect topping for that sundae.

If the thought of turning the table on those bugs isn’t convincing you to chow down on cricket salad then perhaps this will appeal to the environmentalists in you.

“Raising insects has a low impact on the environment. They require little water, perhaps because they obtain much of their moisture from their food. It takes 869 gallons of water to produce a third of a pound of beef, about enough for a large hamburger. By contrast, to supply water to a quarter pound of crickets, Gracer simply places­ a moist paper towel at the bottom of their tank and refreshes it weekly.”

Discover Magazine

So you could raise your own crickets and help save the planet. Noble and healthy a win-win situation.

Chocolate crickets modified to get low sugar version from cooks.com

Ingredients

1 tsp. cinnamon

Pinch nutmeg

2/3 c. cream

2 oz. unsweetened chocolate

1 tbsp unsweetened apple sauce

Sea salt to taste

1/8 tbsp. butter

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 c. dry roasted crickets, chopped

In a saucepan, mix cinnamon, nutmeg, apple sauce, cream, chocolate and salt.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until chocolate is melted.

Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until candy thermometer reads 234 degrees, or until a small amount of mixture forms a ball when dropped into ice water.

Remove mixture from heat and add butter.

Cool mixture to 120 degrees without stirring.

Add vanilla and beat vigorously with a wooden spoon until candy is thick and no longer glossy, about 7-10 minutes.

Stir in crickets.

Spread evenly in a buttered loaf pan.

Cook until firm.

Cut into 2-inch squares.

Be adventurous; add bugs to your menu.

everywhere

bug candy

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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Bob, you never cease to amaze me. First roadkill, now this. I can't imagine what your next gourmet delicacy is going to be!

Do you actually eat insects? You didn't really come out and say so. I'm squinting my eyes, waiting for your answer.


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Cool, I have eaten insects but not often, chocloate dipped ants, they were. I would in a survival situation but not likely to expand my food intake to insects, yet.


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B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

Oh, you should try it, Bob. Beatles rancheros are superb! With grasshopper pie for dessert, you can't go wrong! Great hub, Bob!


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Beatles rancheros, B.T.?? Not my boys! Hope you meant beetles.


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

It does sounds good B.T.  and Shirley hmm Beatle burgers could that be a hub? :)


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Blahh! Gross! Sorry Bob, I may have to skip that one. Oh, the sound of the hard bodies being crushed, the crunching when you eat it.....ICK!


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B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

Oops, sorry about the typo. I had Strawberry Fields Playing in the background.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Thank-you, I'm great relieved, B.T.!


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Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

Ohh, I can just picture you now, off to work, whistling dixie, skipping and swinging your brown bag filled with bugs for lunch.


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

If you marinate them first they soften and can be spread as a paste.


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Brown Bag Bugs, hmm, catchy could be a business opportunity.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Dry heavin' here, Bob!


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

The beauty of bugs is they can be served with a red or white wine.


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Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

Here's another hub for you: "The beauty of brown bagged bugs marinated in wine". I dare ya Bob. Go for it!


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

I do enjoy a good dare.


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Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

"dare I say it .... it's a bugs life"


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

you dare.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Oh no. I'm not going to eat before I read it.


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B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

How about Mayfly Pie? It's a fishy delight!


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Mayfly Pie, nice name, could be a book. Best wines to serve with bugs, hmm bugs are protein, a challenge.


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B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

I'll Just have a Labatts with mine, thanks. And make it a Blue, not that lightweight stuff!


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flutterbug77 8 years ago from USA

I almost drank a bug that died in my coffee. I gagged for two hours just thinking about it.


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Beer and Bugs: What Brew would You Do? hmm another idea. Bugs in coffee, I'd pass, but perhaps a few ground in the beans.


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marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

I'll pass on the crickets...even chocolate can't tempt me....yikes!   May I never get that hungry!  LOL   ooey gooey   NO.  lol I can't even step on one without getting the chills over the crunch.


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Mashed crickets on toast with a hot mustard, sounds inviting. Thanks for dropping by.


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marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

oh no....ick! and I thought I could eat anything with hot mustard or chocolate...learn something everyday. LOL


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Another good reason to visit hubpages.

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