I got to thinking…….Ha Ha….Yes, you are right every last one of you, when I do that it’s dangerous!
On a weekend boat trip to the Red Lotus Lake, I was amazed when I learnt what you can make with the Lotus flower. It was so beautiful here just miles and miles of water covered in these lovely lotus flowers. Little did I know until our friendly boatman told us that these wetlands not only had fish but flora which was edible.
A long time ago the petals were used basically as fag papers..just like my dad used Rizzlas I used to sit and watch him with a child’s fascination as he rolled his tobacco into cigarettes.
The flowers are also edible and make lettuce cups look positively boring. The seed pods are lovely to eat just pop those little circles out..take off the outside and eat.
the lotus flower seed pod..The seeds are edible
and some say they taste like popcorn. I now knew what all those lovely green pods we saw being sold on the roadside were and how to eat them. The local people are allowed to harvest these for free.
Even with the stems, you can make a lovely soup. This beautiful lily is not only a beautiful decoration but also a source of food……I never cease to be amazed at what I learn here…
This got me thinking..shhhhhh that word again! Of the things I have eaten since I have been here in Thailand and the things I haven’t ..yuk!
I have eaten different types of veg and things like the banana pod and the lily flowers which can only be harvested at dawn both of which are steamed and eaten with a dip…..Now we come to the more unusual…
Insects of all sorts ..deep-fried and crispy…
I quite like, well except for the ones which look like the witchety grubs they eat on I’m a Celebrity get me out of here..Not for me! Yuk!
Frogs..I like crispy fried they taste like chicken which brings me on to the Chicken Feet sold by the kilo in Makro and Tesco Lotus are a staple here.
Chicken feet salad.
Lizards…not tried them yet…but I love ants eggs, they make a lovely salad..it tastes lemony and it is actually very nice. So if you are in Thailand and see anyone hopping about and brushing themselves down quite frantically under a tree…They are collecting Ants Eggs…..A dangerous game and why they are by Thai standards a delicacy and quite expensive to buy.
Ant egg salad.
3 tbsp Ant Eggs.
1 tbsp Fish sauce
1 tbsp Roasted rice
1/2 tsp chilli flakes.
2 Spring onion finely sliced.
Handful chopped coriander
7-10 Mint leaves
2 tsp. Grounded pepper
1/2 tbsp. Lime juice
3 shallots finely sliced.
Stir all ingredients together gently. Add the seasoning. Serve with fresh vegetables.
If you get over any initial reticence to try it most people like it….really….I do.
Well, I will be honest.with you…I shut my eyes…How THAT helps I don’t know…ha ha
The fermented eggs and fish called Phla which is fermented fish which a lot of Thais add to Papaya salad and soups….. Is an acquired taste and one which in the main I give a miss but on some occasions I have eaten and can now tolerate it although I prefer my food without.
So when you think no one should ever go hungry here...There is always something to eat……. You are moreorless correct but I guess if you really think about it and be creative wherever you are there is always something to eat. I often think that when we say we have nothing to eat what we mean is nothing we fancy we probably have a store cupboard full of jars and packets. A fridge with at least the basics in and maybe a few veggies…. Am I right?
You know I am…..
I see it here all the time ..nothing to eat means nothing to eat…Truly…
Most of us don’t know the meaning of nothing to eat…..
Well, I guess you didn’t expect that little sermon at the end of this post…ha ha….Just occasionally I get carried away with my thoughts…which those who know me are well aware of and I hope you just accept that as one of my little foibles…ha ha…I am a writer after all ….so have fun and laugh a lot as laughter is just the best medicine we can all take 🙂
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Until next time stay safe , have fun and laugh a lot ….