I would like to start this post very immediately, very firmly, by stating, THIS IS NOT one of mine!
For all those who's names are not Peter Bickerton, and do not already know what the above is... it is a chocolate meal worm cake.
My my what an interesting world it is that we live in!
I work with Peter, and recently he gave a public talk titled Inr-Edible Insects.
The organisation can be found on facebook or at http://www.tffchallenge.com
But I will leave it there as to the cause, before I turn those who are disinterested bored. Suffice to say it is a fascinating area, incredible to learn more about, and the talk is well worth watching (available on youtube).
Peter is also quite passionate about eating insects, and so alongside the talk Peter gave, he provided refreshments....
not the usual sort.
There were sweet chilli locusts.
However, I am generally of the opinion that if someone provides you the opportunity to try something that you will only get to do once or at the very least not again for very very long time, I firmly believe that you should take that opportunity. (Clearly here the old adage "if your friend Joe Bloggs jumped off a cliff/stuck hand in fire (etc) would you do it too? suggests that some things are better left unexperienced, but you get the picture, within reason, I like to try new things!)
Sadly I couldn't quite bring myself to take this opportunity, and alongside feeling like a fraud having just said you should always take such opportunity, I had to be informed by others of the experience.
I am informed that the mealworm cake tasted like it just had crunchy bits like hazelnuts in it. And apparently the crickets and locusts were pretty good too.
All in all a fascinating afternoon! and some new taste sensations for a lot of my colleagues.
Dont forget to check out Thought for Food! And keep an eye out for those locust peddling lads!