One man’s katydid is another man’s Cream of Katydid Soup

I like the idea that ignorance is bliss. I’ve lived a long life enjoying being ignorant about many things, though some things, I have embraced and am now pleased to know.

This is not about such a thing.

This falls under the heading: Things I could have lived 5 million years not knowing and died a happy woman.

While I was incapacitated with the flu (which, by the way, must be one of the fastest moving viruses ever… hard to believe I felt like death warmed over a mere 20 hours ago…) I entertained my TheraFlu drugged mind with the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet.

Over 200 channels, with OnDemand, and what did I choose to watch? A show titled Bug Brother. At the time, I guess, I was too out of it to be disgusted.

Unfortunately, retrospect doesn’t have such an advantage.

I’ve been aware of the fact that no matter how tidy we keep our homes, there are bugs in our cereal… bugs in our beds… bugs in our carpets… (feeling itchy?) Thanks to my (retired) Home Ec. teacher mother, I’ve known for years that the FDA allows for a certain amount of bugs and rodent hair in foods before taking legal action. Even the Lord allowed locusts and grasshoppers as food. (see Leviticus 11:20-23)

(feeling nauseous?)
(you may not want to view the chart on this page then…)

But what I didn’t know was that there are real live people; civilized, educated people; people who don’t live in the Amazon jungles… who CHOOSE to eat such things larvae and termites and cockroaches. And there is a name for it: Entomophagy.

bugs1 One mans katydid is another mans Cream of Katydid SoupThere is even a Food Insects Newsletter.
An entire newsletter.
Full of recipes.
For eating insects.
Real ones. Not the gummy kind.

Restaurants in Singapore serve larvae and scorpions and seat sell-out crowds nightly.

There are cookbooks available. And you can even order them Express Mail, if you just can’t wait a moment longer than necessary before making Chocolate Cricket Torte or Curried Termite Stew to impress your friends.

I suppose the author of The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook makes a good point when he asks what is inherently more disgusting about eating a grasshopper than say, an oyster? But the problem with that question is that I think oysters look like a wad of snot. So, I don’t eat those either.

Call me ignorant.
Call me snooty.
Call me ethnocentric.
Call me a stupid American.
But don’t call me for dinner if you are serving up any of these:

  1. Natural Treat (Earthworms)
  2. Mealworm Fried Rice
  3. Fried Giant Silkworm Pupae
  4. Slug Fritters
  5. Banana Worm Bread
  6. Chocolate Chirpie Chip Cookies
  7. Fried Green Tomato Hornworms
  8. Ant Brood Tacos (you ‘ll need to scroll down to find this tasty nugget)
  9. Grasshopper Goulash
  10. Rootworm Beetle Dip
  11. Stinkbug Pate
  12. Mealworm Spaghetti
  13. Leaf-footed Bug Pizza

Never, in my wildest dreams could I imagine ever cooking up anything in which the recipe calls for 1000 grasshoppers, the younger the better

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Comments

  1. Picturing of Life says:

    lots of food in here. Makes me hungry :D

    Will you visit mine :D Thanks

  2. I am so grossed out .:shiver:. I could never think of eating a bug lol :)

  3. bellamocha says:

    I was just about to go downstairs to make myself a cheese sandwich but suddenly I’m just not hungry.

    The mind boggles, really. I could never be one of those contestants on ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here’- they’re made to eat the most unbelievable things like Kangaroo penis. Of course, the boredom factor and not caring too much about the money would also stop me taking part, and I guess I don’t quite qualify as a celebrity….

    I’ll get back to the point. The worse thing- for me- is that country that eats dogs..I can’t remember which one it is, but i won’t be going there.

    A great T13- thank you!! I hope you’re feeling much better now :)

    Mine’s up at
    http://bellamocha.wordpress.com/2008/02/28/thursday-thirteen-5/

  4. Megan (FriedOkra) says:

    UGH! And I was feeling so GOOD this morning!

  5. Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings says:

    Oh NASTY!!!

    I think my nausea just came back. ICK!

  6. The Flip Flop Mamma! says:

    My friens used to work for Quaker Oats. Her job was to scoop out some grain from the trucks, and estimate the amount of bugs!! But I still love oatmeal!!!

    btw, those cookbooks are NASTY!! And I thought you title was VERY clever!

  7. Ugh. EEEWWWW. and stomach flip flops.
    Glad you’re feeling better though :-)

  8. Do you think they are ever at breakfast eating their sauteed grasshopper and say, “EWWW, there’s a Rice Krispie in my breakfast!!”

  9. I think I’ll join you in that ethnocentric, loopy American corner…cannot stomach the thought of eating bugs INTENTIONALLY. Just too disgusting. Happy T-13! Glad you’re feeling better!

  10. What a great budget menu for our next blogger brunch.

    Mmmmmm.

  11. Chocolate chirpie chip cookies – ick!

  12. ewww…I gotta go clean something!

  13. C. R. Morris says:

    :-X And this is why I tell my family I couldn’t do some of these Survivor type shows.. I can’t handle eating oogy things. Gross..

  14. Ooooo Weeeee! I sure do love me some Stinkbug Pate! Yessiree!

  15. Only if I was starving and it was life or death would I ever eat any of these items. YUCK.

  16. Uhhh…blergh. Cracked.com has the 5 most awful meals ever….they should expand that to include some of these.

  17. Sarcastic Mom (aka Lotus) says:

    YUMMY! John found a hair on his pizza the other night, and I was like, “Just take it off, you know you’re eating tons of other things you can’t see.”

    He just nodded and complied.

    Hey, it was PIZZA!

  18. Next time you’re sick, I think you should stay away from TV and read a book, Karla. But please. Don’t read a cookbook.

    Blech. Blechblechblech.

  19. That just completely grossed me out! EEWWWW!!

  20. Melinda Zook says:

    Yuck, yuck and more yuck…good thing I have already eaten, this is giving me the heebies.

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