Would you eat me?…Banana Worm Bread…

In this day and age when the population is increasing scientists and people’s thoughts turn to other means of food…GM modified foods have many critics so a lot of people are looking at alternatives foods which in the past we would never have considered eating and which now due to research reveal that many are very good sources of proteins and vitamins. We just need to get over our natural ..well revulsion…Yuk instinct!

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Maybe not in the Western World but in Asia and other parts of the world it is deemed quite normal to eat insects…to me, it is all relative we are creatures of learned habits …the food we eat is what our parents fed us with…some of us are more adventurous… others are damn fussy and are even revolted by vegetables…

The Mealworm:

Is the brown worm-like larvae of the Darkling Beetle and it can be a pest as the larvae feed on stored grains but they are also a good source if properly and humanely killed of protein and fat.

To prepare the mealworms for cooking:

You can either leave them for a day or two with zero food or as they take the flavour of what they eat you can give them small pieces of apple, cinnamon sticks crushed or carrot diced small.

Do avoid citrus or watery foods they DON’T work.

The next step is to freeze them for one to two days…NOT as some suggest 15 minutes as they go into a state of dormancy and do not die. Well, we all eat or have eaten food that is killed by one means or another…

Then boil

Crispily fried mealworms with chilli and garlic:

 

Slice some chillies and finely dice some garlic. Melt some butter in a pan and add the chillies and garlic saute for 2 minutes and add mealworms. If they start to pop ….lower the heat..it is too high and then fry them until they are golden and crispy…a lovely snack.

This snack is sold on every market and all bars will offer these as a bar snack…very popular.

Banana worm bread:

  • 4oz margarine.
  • 6oz castor sugar
  • 8oz plain flour
  • 2 mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cup of chopped nuts
  • 1/4 cup roasted mealworms
  • 2 eggs
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt.

Let’s Cook!

Cream together the sugar, margarine, salt and baking soda.

Stir in the mashed bananas, nuts and, mealworms.

Put mixture into a prepared loaf tin and cook in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 45mins to 1 hour or until a skewer comes out clean.

 

This bread came about as an online friend requested a recipe for worm bread…She is looking at alternative food sources and it may be that we may all at some point will need to do this. An interesting point was raised by a comment on my post that these TV programs like Get me out of the Jungle have not done eating insects as part of our diets any favours.

Info on the Global Insects Market…

Just a thought worth pondering…..What do you think? Please tell me your thoughts in the comments…

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

57 thoughts on “Would you eat me?…Banana Worm Bread…

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    1. OIKOS™-Editorial

      Great, Sally! We have a saying that a potato must first have passed through a pig’s stomach. As a nice roast pork, it is then ideal to eat potatoes. 🙂 I think its the same with the mealworms.
      I think i am really too old for such experiences. 😉 xx Michael

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  3. beetleypete

    Insect protein may well be the future of a worldwide diet, but not for me, unless I was starving. I saw people eating fried crispy crickets in China, but I couldn’t put one in my mouth! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I know that was probably a figure of speech …But did you know? In Sweden and Finland, Pine bark bread has been made for centuries from rye flour, with the toasted and ground inner layer of pine bark added…:)

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  4. Becky Ross Michael

    I vote for allowing insects to retain their rightful place in the food chain:) There are plenty of veggies and legumes for us to eat that are high in protein and other necessary vitamins without resorting to insects!

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      1. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Not seen that but I’m not surprised insects are eaten and sold a lot here as they are in most of Asian countries…They are bred for food and sold everywhere cooked or uncooked but a viable option it seems if food shortages occur in the future 🙂 x

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  6. Gloria

    Oh I don’t know….
    I’m quite adventurous when it comes to food. I’d have to see it and smell it before deciding whether I could eat it or not! 😳
    Interesting though!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I’m the same, Gloria but I do think it will become more common as time passes… I have eaten various insects and they are ok.. Eaten everywhere here they are very popular 👌

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  8. Carol Post author

    In all honesty Josy, the banana and nut ratio is higher than the worm ratio and it tastes ok…I think it is just our natural revulsion to eating worms and insects which comes into play…If you really think about what we already eat is it so much different? We eat sweetbread and offals so it’s just different and getting used to it…Some of the food here I am like what??…but some of our food is strange to other cultures…I like to try different foods and some I like and some I don’t…It’s keeping an open mind, isn’t it? I have just realised I have been rambling on…lol..Soz x

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  10. gustavowoltmann101

    Is that real? I think I preferred to eat some alternative food like vegetable and other herbal than eating those kinds of insect but if I have no choice, then why not.

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    1. blondieaka Post author

      If they are crunchy like crickets but the worms I still balk at that …maybe if I didn’t know what I was eating..No! But it’s getting more of a realistic food for the future 🙂

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