Insects in the Western world are seen as a nuisance as oppose to a protein rich source of sustainable food. My packet of Eat Grub Mealworms was quite expensive, however if we change peoples' perception of this tasty food it's possible to farm supply in a far more economical way. (These insects in particular are grown in the Netherlands).
Admittedly when I first touched the packaging it gave me goosebumps. Once I got used to the look and texture I was eager to pop one in my mouth. The freeze dried mealworms have a crunchy texture and a nutty taste. For something so small I was surprised by how much flavour came out of them. I gave them a thumbs up and ate a few more straight out of the pack before proceeding to cook with them.
There are a few recipes on the Eat Grub website including this one from The Edible Insect Network for Mealworm Flapjacks!
Obviously this had to be tested.
Mix them all together.
Leave in the fridge for an hour.
Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 3.
Cook for 30 minutes, or till golden.
Leave to rest for an hour.
Cut to your preferred sizes.
My first cookery experience with insects was a success. The combination of flavours really compliment each other. I thought that maybe the visual experience may be a turn off but in actual fact I'm hunting around my kitchen worktop for any that may have dropped by accident.
Hopefully in the future entomophagy (insect eating) will become a more common place and it's taboo typically associated with 'I'm A Celebrity,' Bush Tucker Trials will be alleviated.
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