My high school class, Hampshire High School Class of 1972, recently celebrated the fact that we were reaching Social Security age. This was to be a covered dish. Some people might not welcome me with MY covered dish. But the ladies organizing said, “Sure. Bring your bugs.”
So I prepared sushi rolls with meal worms and garnished with various other stir fried insects (crickets, katydids, June bugs.)
If anybody wants more details about rolling sushi, let me know. It’s really pretty simple. Steps might include these steps: Prepare the rice. I add vinegar and sugar. If the nori (seaweed) is to be on the outside, lay the nori on the bamboo mat. spead the rice on the nori. Select maybe three ingredients. I used onion greens, radish and stir fried meal worms. Then I rolled and sliced the sushi.
At least four of my classmates decided to try the sushi. And they agreed to let me photo-chronical their reaction. Thanks Roxie, Joyce, Cindy and Brenda. Reactions were mixed– from, “Never want to put another bug in MY mouth,” to “Gee, that was pretty good.” I included the crickets, katydid and June bug as a garnish– more for “looks.” And I THINK I warned them about the legs and wings– that they can feel unpleasant and even catch in your throat.
There are so many levels on which to try entomophagy. You can enjoy shakes and protein bars and baked goods made with cricket flour. At this level you don’t have much evidence of bugginess. To enjoy insects in their full buggy glory, you can buy insects on line, raise your own or forage for insects.
If you want to know more about ordering your own insects, or you want to know more about raising them, check out www.stevebailes.org/blogs/entotreats/, or contact me.