June Bugs Anyone?

It’s that time of year.  Lots of options for munching on local bugs which I think are the best.  You won’t want to gather bugs if you or the neighbors are using pesticides or herbicides.

Maybe you are already seeing those pretty green cabbage worms.  You can gather them, rinse them, and throw them directly into a hot skillet.  Season to taste.  They will taste much like cooked cabbage.  You can also put them in a jar and keep them for a time in the freezer– maybe until you gather more.)  Here is a previous blog about the delectable cabbage worm.

I always called them June bugs, but they are more accurately called May Beetles.  You can easily collect them when they gather around your porch light.  I like to remove the hard out wing cover.  Then, like the cabbage worms, you can collect them, rinse them and throw them directly in the skillet.  Or you can keep them in the freezer.  They are mild flavored like their “cousins”, the shrimp.  So, like the shrimp, you can season them with Old Bay or experiment with other spices.

As ear corn develops, you may be lucky enough to find corn silk worms.  The native Americans prized the worms above the corn.  Not surprisingly, they taste much like cooked corn.  Again, collect them, rinse them, throw them in the skillet, or keep them in the freezer.  There are now many bug cookbooks available.  But I would encourage you to experiment and share your successes.  (I tend to try to hide my bug failures, but it would probably help if people would share the flops as well.)  I think I have had the most success with incorporating bugs in sushi and burritos.  For folks who don’t want to SEE their bugs, there are delicious flours for making brownies, pepperoni rolls and pancakes.

Crickets and grasshoppers later in the season are delicious.  Ants are virtually always available.  I previously mentioned you can put a couple layers of fabric next to a big ant hill.  Then disturb the ant hill.  If you are lucky the ants “deliver” the eggs (escamoles).

Maybe you are interested in trying insect based products.  Here is a list of some products.  And maybe you notice larger orders qualify for discounts and free shipping.  If you want the discounts, but don’t want to order large quantities, Why not check out the Bug Co-op.  (More info.)

For the folks who want to try buggy foods, but they don’t want to prepare the bugs, you could visit one of the many restaurants that serve bug dishes.  Here’s one that I really enjoyed: Oyamel Cocina Mexicana  serves Chapulines in D.C.  Here is the related blog.

If you are new to this blog, and you wonder why in the world would anybody want to eat bugs, maybe you would check out my first blog.

I promise I don’t take a commission, but I’d like to share a recent offer from Cricket Flours.  They wrote:

“We wanted to send along a sneak peak at one of our latest recipes for our new edition of our published cookbook (and a $10 coupon too on any products).

This week we wanted to try out one of our new recipes at our family picnic and this appetizer sure turned a lot of heads…and they loved it too!  We used some of our favorite Oregon cheeses from Tillamook like an extra sharp cheddar cheese and a pepper jack cheese, but try playing around with some of your own favorites too!  We chose to use our Cricket Bites: Roasted Original for this recipe since it was for the whole family, but next time I think we will turn up the heat and pair it with some of our Spicy Cayenne Pepper flavored crickets.

Click here to read the full recipe and ingredients for the Cricket, Cheese & Cracker appetizer…

We also put together a special thank you too for being part of our Cricket Club with a $10 OFF coupon.  This code is good through the end of the week and can be used on any order of $60 or more.  Just make sure to use the coupon code12534-FKG12-RCS32-93421 on your cart before checking out (rules and restrictions may apply).

Best,  Charles, Founder & CEO”

Anybody want to initiate a Bug Co-op order?  A $60 order from Cricket Flours split 2 ways would only cost $25.  Orders over $45 also get free shipping.  A $60.80 order could consist a 1/2 lb. of roasted crickets ($24.95), almost a lb. of cricket brownie flour ($8.95), and a lb. of all purpose baking cricket flour ($28.90).  If 5 people split an order, each could pay $10, etc.

So, as always, “Bug Appetit!”2016Apr4NCBBd

 

EntoTreats on Ento Nation

I’m guest chef on this podcast. (5 min. duration.  My segment begins at 36:30.)  Click the podcast to listen, and there is a recipe for N-Sects-y-Sushi.

There is a great interview with “Florian Nock, who is the web marketing manager and is also in charge of brand development at Jimini’s”.  

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I’ll admit I’m a bit of a poser when I let people call me a chef.  But I do enjoy cooking.  I prepared a bug dinner as a Food Pantrybenefit (the Bug Banquet) in Feb. 2017 at the Capon Bridge Community Center.  You can find photos and more here.  And Terry Lynn and Piper and I served bug dishes at the American Conservation Film Festival.  They asked me to share/serve some buggy food after a screening of the movie, “The Gateway Bug.” (Click here to see the trailer.   There are photos, a video and other information posted here on my blog.

I did take a great sushi class at Nibblins .  If you aren’t too far from Winchester, VA, I highly recommend their classes.

AND…  I served up bug dishes at the  Bugz’n’Beer event at the Town Run Tap House and Community Pub in Shepherdstown.

OK, I’m done justifying.  I know that still doesn’t make me a chef.  But it’s fun to pretend.

The last segment of the Podcast, Marc calls “The Fast 5.”  I gave a shout out to my Capon Bridge students who have a habit of jumping out of planes.  I mentioned our time in Samoa.

So… does anybody want me to come cook up some buggy deliciousness?

By the way, he asks about David Lynch.  I had to go to the net.  (Click the link if you are curious.

Twitter links: @EntoNation @Flonock_

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Led By the Young

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I am really tardy posting this.  I was really pleased that Brent Evans chose to explore entomophagy from a geographic viewpoint.  He presented his findings at the Hampshire County (WV) Social Studies Fair in December.  He won on the school level and went on to compete at the countyfair.

Brent contacted Robert Nathan Allen of Little Herds.  I’m not sure what other bug companies sent information or samples, but you can find many listed here.

Brent is the son of Brian and Jessica Evans.  His maternal grandmother is Shirley Dodson.  Here’s wishing Brent much continued success in the bug world.

If you know someone around Santa Monica, why don’t you tell them about the Love Bug Dinner.  “7:30 Tuesday, Feb 13th At: Cafe Demitasse, Santa Monica. 
Featuring bugs like termites & grasshoppers pairing with the cafe’s specialty coffees & teas.
7-COURSE BUG DISH TASTING MENU
$55 per head
RSVP NOW HERE *seating limited to 14*”

One of the bug food tables

Bugz, Beer and Mead

On December 13,  Town Run Tap House and Community Pub in Shepherdstown, WV hosted a fun evening. It was actually three events: 1. Bugz’n’Beer (and my Facebook event page and Town Run’s Facebook event page:  Bugs and Beer and Mead Oh My!) 2.  Mountain Dragon Mazery of Fairmont, hosted a Mead tasting . And 3. this was a Kids Eat Free Wednesday’s.

I had contacted several businesses to see if anybody was interested in hosting a beer and bugs pairing event. Todd, owner of Town Run Pub, wrote back that he was interested.  Jessie Shanholtz, Todd’s sweetheart is also owner of the pub.

I have been a guest presenter for the National Park Service, for the American Conservation Film Association (at Shepherd College), for schools and civic groups– but this is his first public venture into pairings with alcohol– a natural match don’t you think?

Some hometowners showed up.  My sister and brother-in-law, Lynn and Brian came.  Brian actually was manning the bug foods table for a while. Former Capon Bridge school colleagues, Jo and Terry Largent came by.  Jo is is Jessie’s mom.  I know they came to see their grand daughter rather than my bug stuff, but it was fun seeing them.

It cracked me up that Todd labeled me a “local legend.”  He wrote, “Join us for a fun and crazy night… We will have local legend Steve Bailes serving up all sorts of bugs for you to sample and explain the health benefits from consuming our little buddies.”  He and Jessie bought and converted the old Southern States in Shepherdstown into a pub. Roomy and comfortable– it was a great venue. They have an impressive kitchen and menu, too (great reubens.)  I would encourage you to stop in and check them out.

I would also encourage you to try  Mountain Dragon Mazery mead.  I thought it was interesting that they get some of their honey from Patterson Creek Apiary of Burlington.

The Spirit of Jefferson posted a blurb about the event on it’s front page.

Terry Lynn prepared cricket flour brownies and cricket flour pepperoni rolls. She also made cricket macaroni and chees.  I made N-sectsy sushi.  I had  lots of taste treats thanks to AaronPauling.com Your Source for Feeder Roaches and moreExo ProteinAketta and Aspire Food GroupBugeater FoodsCrik Nutrition – Cricket Protein PowderCritter BittersHotlix CandyIncredible FoodsJurassic Snacks Inc., Lithic Nutrition, Entomo Farms – The Future of FoodRainbow MealwormsCricket Candy and The Bug Bistro. We even had snacks to take home for the dogs — from Hopn Bakery, EntoBento, and Chloe’s Treats.  Thanks so much for your generous donations.

Again, if you are interested or if you’d like to see a list of insect food companies, check out: http://stevebailes.org/blogs/entotreats/

Bugz’n’Beer 

Town Run Tap House and Community Pub is hosting this event– an opportunity to try some bug foods and enjoy some of the pub’s beer.

On Wed. December 13, 2017,  6:00pm – 8:00pm, Buggy chef, Steve Bailes, will provide different dishes made with insect products. Steve has been a guest presenter for the Nat. Park Service, for the American Conservation Film Association (at Shepherd College), for schools and civic groups– but this is his first public venture into pairings with alcohol– a natural match don’t you think? So Town Run Tap House will sell the beer, and Steve will supply the bugs.

Location: Town Run Tap House and Community Pub

202 E Washington St
Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443

 

We will have samples of bug foods. These will likely include AaronPauling.com Your Source for Feeder Roaches and moreExo ProteinAketta and Aspire Food GroupBugeater FoodsCrik Nutrition – Cricket Protein PowderCritter BittersHotlix CandyIncredible FoodsJurassic Snacks Inc., Lithic Nutrition, Livin farms Hive™ CommunityEntomo Farms – The Future of FoodRainbow MealwormsCricket Candy and The Bug Bistro. We will even have snacks to take home for your dogs — from Hopn Bakery, EntoBento, and Chloe’s Treats. Tagging: Little HerdsChef PV, and The Cricket Man. (Thank you lists are scary. So many generous folks to thank, and I don’t want to slight anyone.)
Here is the TownPlanner event page

. You can let us know you are coming here  (a Facebook event page).

The Gateway Bug

The Gateway Bug screening at ACFF (w/ special tasting) was Oct. 14 and 21 at Shepherd University, at the Frank Center.

Terry Lynn was assistant bug chef on the 14th. My rock band, Rain Crow, was originally scheduled to play at the Grassy Lick Autumn Festival from noon until 3.  Even taking a shorter break than scheduled, Terry Lynn (with help from Tobi Moriarty) just got the bug dishes set out before the hungry audience came out– ready to check out entomaphagy.  Check out chef Terry Lynn above wearing the Lithic shirt. Steve is wearing the Exo Protein shirt. We were live (as opposed to dead) in a video of the Oct. 14 event: https://www.facebook.com/thegatewaybug/videos/819586141523905/

My grand daughter, Piper,  wants to be a baker/chef. She agreed to assist me at the 2nd event: The Gateway Bug screening at ACFF (w/ special tasting) on Oct. 21. Maybe she’ll attend Terry Lynn’s alma mater,at Shepherd University, for her business degree.

I was really pleased by the positive reception.  And it didn’t seem to be about the “Fear Factor” element.  Most of the movie goers were interested in the nutritional value, the sustainability, the benefit for our planet– and of course– the taste.  People seemed surprised by the wide range of flavors you can experience eating bugs.

Thanks, Hotlix CandyEntomo Farms – The Future of FoodCricket Candy and The Bug BistroExo ProteinLithic, Hopn Bakery, Bugeater Foods,Jurassic Snacks Inc. and AaronPauling.com Your Source for Feeder Roaches and moreChloe’s TreatsAspire Food GroupAketta Rainbow MealwormsChapulIncredible Foods Even treats for dogs: EntoBento. Your treats were quite a hit.

And thanks to Little HerdsMarc Sanchez– The Cricket Man, and Chef PV.

By the way, I’m celebrating World Edible Insect Day October 23, by enjoying Marcia Lynn’s cheese ham spread on Terry Lynn’s cricket flour rolls.   What are you doing to celebrate?

If you want to know more about World Edible Insect Day, check out these links: Food Mookie, and an Omny.fm podcast.

Here’s a  USA Today video from Sept. event– Brooklyn Bugs.

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BUG Doin’s

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Hilary F Lo of the American Conservation Film Festival asked me to share/serve some buggy food after a screening of the movie, “The Gateway Bug.” (Click here to see the trailer.  3 PM Sat. Oct. 14 and 4 PM Sat. Oct. 21 at The Frank CenterShepherd University.   You can get tickets here.

Hilary wrote: “Attention Foodies! Insect protein is trending in the US. Come learn about it at the American Conservation Film Festival. We’ll have products for tasting available after the screenings.”

“With entomophagist, Steve Bailes…”  If only Mom could see that her boy finally made something of himself. 

“A feature documentary about the rise of the edible insect industry in the United States as a response to decades of poor agricultural practices.”  Here is more info about the screening.

And if you are looking for more great bug events…16991747_1595260947169532_1019793861468628169_o.jpg

Hokie BugFest 2017 (Facebook)  Sat. Oct. 14 at Blacksburg, VA  Hokie Bug Fest , Virginia Tech.

You missed this one, but…

my friend and college room mate sent me this write up about the  September Brooklyn Bugs Festival.