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rose macaskie
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  I saw a documentary once that mentioned eating flies in some part of south america, dried flies, made into tortialla omletts i don't know how if you make this tortilla with eggs flavoured with flies. I have bought a packet of black stuff htat i imagineare  dried flies that you can buy to feed insect eating caged birds. agri rose macaskie 
 
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my mom used to get choc covered or fried insects from a friend that owned a deli
 
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  I hear fried cicadas and grasshoppers are pretty good.
 
                                
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Call me old-fashioned, but I like my insects cycled thru a chicken or turkey first, then into me
 
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cicadas are great alive or fried

ants are delicious

so are grasshoppers
 
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Gosh i did not know how many people would have experience in this feild it is more fun htan i thought it would be..  rose
 
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mopane moth is eaten in africa, it lives on mopane tree is sold dried or roast, its latin name is Imbrasia belina
  the wild silk moth also eats the leaves of this tree. the wild silk moth is called Gonometa rufobrunnea.    
      Handy tree the mopane tree it is the one bill mollison talks of in his dryland strategies videos, thats why i looked it up, as living where there are termites nests because the termites bury leaves in hteir nests and so create areas of desert that are more fertile,.Seen as dots of green on the sandy desert floor from the sky. agri rose macaskie.
 
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  i have just looked up snail recipies in spainish they have pictures of different types of snails and such so it is worth looking up the site even if you can't read spainish. It is the first one you get if you search the words  -caracoles recetas- in google.
   stage one
They say you have to starve the snails for two weeks before cooking them. You keep them in a cool shaded room in a net the sort fruit sometimes comes iin oranges do at anyrate. and they  shut up and hibernate, live on the plants in their intestines for two weeks. THis gets rid of all the extraneioiuse plant matter in them.   
  stage two.
    You then wash them, the authors says with fresh water, if htere are snails that dont sopen up and stick their horns out with this treatment you give them the chuck because they are dead. Others wash them  putting them in a in a recipiente with water and three hand fulls of salt and a glass of vinegar for a while, then they let of a lots of slime and get exhausted according to the author who says they are better if you dont add salt and vinegar to the water. Any way you rinse them out untill they caste off all the soil in them i think they don't like being in water hat t makes them spit out sand and slime i don't know why they lose their earth if you wash them in water i think you change the water often.  anyway the third stage takes the slime off them.
  stage three
  Put them onto cook with water that covers them and a bit more, on a very slow flame and they let of a lot of slime when the cooking water is really dirty your strain them and cook them again in clean water for ten to fifteen minutes.
  stage three.
    This is called tricking them so i suppose it is while they are still alive in warm water that they are tricked and let off slime . The writer says that if the flame is too high they don't get tricked, I suppose they  just get killed imediately nearly.

  All this done you can cook them in the sauce you have prepared for them, butter and garlica nd parsley i france  in spain the one i know is sauce with tomatoe and cummin an dother herbs i suppose in it cummin in it. I shall try to find a recipe and add it later. Agri rose macaskie.   
 
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  i reckon that shrimps and such are just sea water insects, agri rose macaskie.
 
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oh I forgot, my buddy likes to take soldier flies out of the soldier fly trap, wash them and cook them in stir fries!
 
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assmileithenewak, stir it up little baby stir it up little girl- i s your name a smile is then ewak ,ewak is a animal on the star wars films. If you don't know that film you can't understand a whole lot of jokes. I dont know the sarwars films very well.
  Seriously insects have been eaten all avover the place and if you must eat meat and at the moment i am eating meat, maybe its better to eat an insect than a cow or pig.
  I chewed a fly once that got where it should not, into my mouth and it tasted like a shrimp or something ,except that you can imagine anything if you eat just one tiny object on its own.  I should eat more to be able to say how they taste.
        In the film about a concentration camp with a boy init who sings a incredible song to the japanese pilots, the doctor, i think it was, advises them the inmates of the camp to eat insects to keep themselves going.
  In the programe, docu,metaries on surviving  in the wild with a English Special services man, doesn't he say something similar, find a old dead carcase, don't eat the rotten meat, eat the live maggots that aren't rotten . Stands to reason that the maggots would be less dangerouse to eat than  rotten meat. I have heard in a documentary that it is a special substance in maggots that make rotten meat smell so bad, this puts off the predators and so the maggots have the meat to themselves. agri rose macaskie.
 
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i am a dude and it's A Smile Is The New Ak47

if you don't know what an Ak47 is, it is probably the most infamous automatic machine gun ever made, invented by the Russians

As you seem to imply, one of the problems of eating insects is often, finding enough of them to make a meal out of

not so easy with grasshoppers, they are very quick!

some people in south east asia eat ant eggs, i wonder how they collect them?

a good way to collect ants is by setting out a jar with some honey at the bottom... every once in a while just stir the honey, after a day you should have some great sweet and sour sauce!
 
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a smile is then ewak makes nearly more sense,  though its lousy english.  I used to try to make a smile do for everything like for ocasions in which you need an aka metaphoriaclly you need to get really cross,  though often i just smiled like a japanese person was meant to do without even knowing i was smiling all th etime,and i had to lfill the ar
senal with better weapons maybe you have a good arsenal and hten you can just smile because people know that you you aren't a walk over. It makes me laugh to htink how complicated i was getting and how wrong.

I have been reading more about the popane worm they have it on wikipedia. It is meant to be good at converting vegetable mattmr into insect meat. you dont need many kilos of mopane leaves to make a kilo of mopane  caterpillars or worms as they are called though they are what is normally called a caterpillar, while it takes a awfull lot of kilos of leaf to make a kilo of beef.
  Maybe this good conversion of leaf rate makes them good for permaculture for those who find animals tie them too much have mopani worms to fertilise instead of hens or geese. 
      I looked up -eating insects- which is also dealt with in wikipedia and they said that apart from insects being an efficient way of turning leaves into meat, the meat of insects is more full of  minerals. We live in a society that gets fat but lacks minerals and so meat with more minerals is no bad thing. Weneedt to think more of how much energy we get from having enough minerals and vitamins to keep us healthy than how manyu calories we need t give us energy because too many takes away energy digetsing them food.
  Mopani worms are quite a big industry turning over lots of money like snails you can buy tined mopani worms. and also you can buy dried ones .
    This leads to a situation that  exists in other bits of the world would the locals like fat me be better off if they werent selling off  the food they produce. The richest person in the village gets the money to be had from harvesting mopani worms to sell else where and the other villagers don't get money and lose a food source . Port o Prince for example what goods went through it, might the people of Haiti be better off if all their produce went to feed them than if it goes to feed us, is the money they get for it a real recompense for the loss of the food? aagri rose macaskie.
 
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