Dare you to eat just one!
Sometimes the choices we face in life are not that easy. It is like today, both food holidays, National wild foods day and National chocolate day, are both equally fascinating days, in their own right. Now the female gender may go more toward the National chocolate day, where the fisherman or fisherwoman, may tend to go toward the wild caught salmon or other wild caught fish… so they would favor National wild foods day. My brain has been going “wild” trying to figure out a good recipe with chocolate and some kind of wild food.
First let’s figure out what wild foods are. Hey, it is just real food! That’s right, it is food that is grown without any assistance. For example, when I am in Hawaii, there are so many paths that you can walk and find just about every exotic fruit known… from passion fruit to pineapple to papaya to avocado’s. Then just head on down to the ocean and catch many a variety of fish. Again, wild caught, line caught fish… from the sea! Back on the mainland’s, go foraging through the forest and pick a large variety of mushrooms and other edibles. Before doing this, you should take as many courses on wild foods as possible. There is a large variety of courses available that will not only teach you what to eat and what not to eat… but also where to find different varieties of foods. In fact, in some countries, the cocoa plant is grown wild, so we can say that National chocolate day is also part of National wild foods day!
In past articles, we have talked about my spiced rum chocolate sauce. Then “Homer” almost fainted when there was an article on “chocolate covered bacon”! If you are a fan of Southern cooking, then you will definitely like the ” bourbon chocolate pecan pie”. As you can see, there are plenty of recipes to check out regarding chocolate. Now on the wild side, we have covered several recipes featuring mushrooms, from grilled Portobello’s to stuffed mushrooms. Then we have some tasty oyster recipes from past articles like the “Peacemaker”… a Nawlins style oyster Po’ boy to the oyster brochette. Going “down under”, we have even explored “shrimp on the Barbie”. No matter where you are at, the foods can get really wild… like if we were in Africa. There has been a large study done in Ethiopia on wild food and even books written as guides on how to identify and locate these different foods.
If you were lost in the woods, you could easily live just by eating insects. Yes, there are over 1400 varieties, out there, of bugs that are edible. Once you identify your bugs, you will be in natures own “smorgasbord”. Since it was recently National chocolate covered insects day and since it is National wild foods and chocolate day today, lets make some chocolate covered insects!
First off, you will need insects. Mealworms, crickets and grasshoppers are easy to work with and are fairly common to use. You want to take your live insects and place the in a colander and cover with a screen or another colander (so the bugs don’t escape). Then you want to rinse them real good. Next, let them drain real well and then place them into a freezer bag and put them into the freezer for about a half an hour, minimum. Pre-heat your oven to a low temperature, about 225 degrees. On a sheet pan lined with a couple of layers of paper towels, place your frozen insects on top of the paper towels and place the sheet pan in the oven for about one and a half hours. Remove and let cool completely. Next, melt your chocolate in a double boiler (one bag or 12 oz. of chips should do for about one dozen insects). You can use any variety of chocolate… children tend to prefer a milk chocolate where adults tend to like a higher cocoa chocolate like a bitter sweet chocolate. Take each insect and remove any wings or legs from the crickets or grasshoppers. Then dip each insect individually and place on a wax paper lined sheet pan (you can use tweezers or small tongs to hold the insect). Once finished dipping the insects, place the sheet pan into the refrigerator to let the chocolate set on the little buggers!!! Viola… you now have a tasty “chocolate covered wild food”… O.K. you have chocolate covered bugs! I dare you to eat one!
O.K. this may be a little freaky to pass out to strangers… unless this is what you are going to hand out on “Halloween”…. Oooooooooo! This is definitely a “scary” treat that is good to eat. If you don’t know, bugs are good for you… lots of protein and other good stuff for you… and who does not like chocolate! But do warn your gobblers what you are handing out! Wow, now that was informative and weird!
Just like in life… sometimes situations are very informative and sometimes… very weird. Hey we can learn from all situations and then sometimes we have to make choices. Even when we know that a certain choice is the “right choice”, we humans do not always tend to do what is right! Sometimes we just do what feels good to us! And that is not always good… even though it may feel good at the moment. So be careful when choices come up on your path in life. Sometimes it may be wise to stop for a moment and think about the choices that lie ahead of us. You might even want to ask a passerby what they think… sometimes another viewpoint is good to throw into the mix. But ultimately it is up to YOU… what decision you make and HOW it will effect YOU! So be careful on what you decide. No matter what though, make a decision and then “Press on”. You will get no where if you don’t make some kind of decision… even if it is a wrong decision. You can hopefully make a new decision down the road, if this decision was not the right one!
Get ready for a “Happy Halloween”. Stock up on some treats… this year Halloween falls on a Saturday… so everyone can party! Be safe, be cool and don’t be a fool! Till next time… create a great life, one moment at a time! Peace…
Dwell in thought upon the grandest and the grandest you shall see; Fix your mind upon the highest, and the highest you shall be.