Monthly Archives: January 2017

Would you eat me?

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!inchworm-1732290_1280

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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 meal worms 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 which is killed by one means or another.

Then boil

Crispily fried meal worms with chilli and garlic:

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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 fry until they are golden and crispy…a lovely snack.

Banana worm bread:

4oz margarine.

6oz castor sugar

8oz plain flour

2 mashed bananas

1/2 cup of chopped nuts

1/4 cup roasted meal worms

2 eggs

1tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt.

Method:

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

Stir in the mashed bananas, nuts and, meal worms.

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

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All photos are my own unless otherwise stated and the link is below the photo.

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.

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

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

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Dragon Fruit….Fruit Weekend

It’s fruit weekend at #thelme55 is anyone else going to join us? It would be lovely AND INTERESTING  to hear about what fruit you get where you live. I know a lot of goods are exported around the world and some you can get everywhere….like “The Banana” but there are some that you don’t see or know about so maybe don’t  buy…. so come on please Join Us!chicken-521097_1920

Source: Dragon Fruit….Fruit Weekend

What an Effective Solar Cooker is All About

I had to share this it is a brilliant ingenious project 🙂 Using natural resources:

 

In countries where there’s a lot of sunshine, it makes sense to have a simple way to directly utilize sun energy to prepare our food.Some of the advantages are: simply put the pot inside, walk away and come back later to have your lunch – a relaxed way to prepare food; lower bills, as electric or gas stoves use lots of energy; the satisfaction of knowing that you work with, and not against nature. These stoves were made at the steps for children centre in Gobabis, Namibia, by semi-skilled workers.

Source: What an Effective Solar Cooker is All About

A Banana #thelme55fruitweekend.

No, not just a Banana…..I thought about Thelma’s fruit weekend challenge and we have many exotic fruits here, so armed with my camera I went to the local fruit market. Well, lots of oranges are in season at the moment as are Watermelons galore and the ever present mangoes….but what I was looking for…not in season..sam_8482

Back home I went disappointed and thinking hard a lot of the fruits are what I call staples available most of the year and now because of progress available all over the world.

What can I feature??? Well, I am sure most of you can get Bananas in your supermarket which will probably be the Cavendish by name as the original Banana favoured by the supermarkets was the ” Gros Michel” which became extinct by 1960 as it was wiped out by a fungus called the Panama Disease.

This could happen at any time as Bananas are actually clones and if they become infected with a fungus it just runs rampant and kills them all.

Banana it is then..here in Thailand and in my garden Bananas grow in abundance.

So much so that I always freeze some ready to make a smoothie.

This recipe is one that my daughter gave me along side a packet of chia seeds Banana Espresso Smoothie

Its scientific name is “Musa Sapientum” which roughly translated  means ” Fruit of wise  men”

Here it is called Kluay pronounce ” glue eye” spellings vary slightly around the regions and it is a tree-like perennial and officially classed as a herb, the world’s largest herb as it can reach 25 feet in height. The fruit is also classed as a berry.

Here in Thailand leaves are used to serve food on or wrap food in like these little parcels of tri coloured sticky rice topped with shredded pork.

The purple flowers are steamed and eaten with a spicy Thai dip.

The inside of the skins are also used to stop itching and inflammation of insect bites and burns. It is also said that if you tape a piece of banana skin side down over a wart every night that the potassium in the skin makes the wart disappear within 1-2 weeks.

Mashed and mixed with a tbsp of heavy cream, and a tbsp of honey and then applied to dry hair covered with a shower cap and a hot towel. Left for an hour and then rinsed off before shampooing the hair it is a wonderful moisturising treatment.

There is no end to the properties of this low calorie, no fat, no sodium, no cholesterol berry which is also rich in Vitamin C, Potassium, fibre and B6.

Here it is used to make bread and muffins. If cooked the banana skins are edible, you will see fried bananas in abundance on the street food stalls…they are fried in batter, grilled on the BBQ in their skins and turned into golden fritters ( Kluay phao)

Banana spring rolls with a sweet dip or eaten green and raw with a spicy dip.( See recipe above)

They can be used to make a beautiful Banana Blossom stir fry.

Just wash the blossoms and put in a bowl of cold water with some lemon.

Ingredients:
1 tbsp coconut oil/olive oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tbsp yellow split peas/chana dhal
1 tbsp split green lentils/urad dhal
1-2 dry red Chilli halved
2 tsp tamarind juice
5-8 Curry Leaves
1 Banana flower
1 large red onion, diced
½ tsp Turmeric Powder
¼ cup grated unsweetened coconut, fresh/frozen
Salt to taste

To cook!

Bring some water to the boil in a cooking pan and add the banana flower to a boiling water pot and cook for 10 minutes, until they are soft and done. Drain the water through a colander and squeeze with the hand to remove any excess water. Set them aside.

Heat oil in a cooking pan and once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds, Let them pop, add lentils and halved red chillies. Now add tamarind juice and curry leaves and mix well,
Mix in finely chopped onion and saute on a medium flame till they are light golden brown, about 2 minutes. Add turmeric and mix well.

Add the cooked banana flower to the pan. Stir fry for 2 minutes at on a medium flame until they are mixed well with the spices.
Add salt to taste and sprinkle grated coconut on top and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Serve hot with steam rice.

Green unripe bananas are also used to make Tam Maak Kluay which is a version of the famous Som Tam ( Papaya Salad) which I first had from a roadside stall near Bang Tao beach in Phuket and it is beautiful.

Just a piece of trivia...did you know? That more songs have been written about the Banana than any other fruit.

 

Recipe: My Double Decker Kahlua Chocolate Baked Cheesecake w/ Choc Fudge Sauce

 

Who doesn’t love Chocolate??? Just had to share this…If anyone wants to come and make this me you are welcome it sounds and looks delicious ….. Just Saying!

 

Source: Recipe: My Double Decker Kahlua Chocolate Baked Cheesecake w/ Choc Fudge Sauce

The Legendary Jamaican Stew Peas

This sounds amazing so had to share it with you all :)Not many meals can boast quite the infamy and the prominence of Jamaican stew peas. While the meal itself is undeniably delectable, many Jamaicans will tell you, stew peas has powers to be feared. Just like the Sunday Dinner, Stew Peas can supposedly lead to spontaneous and everlasting love. The saying goes, when your girlfriend starts making stew peas, be afraid, she is getting serious about the relationship. As, whether on its own or with ‘special additives’, Stew Peas apparently can be used to tie/bind man to woman, so that he will never leave her.As a child, it was my very favourite meal and it was guaranteed, whenever I was being rewarded for doing something good. A delicious rich meaty stew with white rice is truly the ultimate gravy lover’s dream, and as we’ve learned from Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, ‘Gravy is love’ – then again, maybe that’s just me.

 

Source: The Legendary Jamaican Stew Peas

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