Poor Jiminy Cricket! 😲 🦗

Crocus patch 2018

Hello April! With a beautiful Easter weekend behind us and daily temperatures slowly on the rise, I am so looking forward to productive hours in the garden and resuming walks with the dogs. The cheerful sounds of tweeting birds and busy bees fill me with hope for another great growing season, so it feels a bit odd that I’m actually going to write about eating crickets!

Cricket bodies

I NEVER would have ventured, much less considered [the idea] of eating insects until…I saw an episode on MasterChef Australia (yeah, those guys again!). One of the ingredients in a mystery box challenge was a big bowl of frozen crickets. A contestant decided to incorporate them in a semifreddo that the judges LOVED so I thought, what the heck, why not?

Crickets from France

Thank goodness for Amazon, where you can buy just about anything your recipe list requires.

Cricket caramel semifreddo

I modified Elise Franciskovic’s Cricket Caramel Semifreddo with Lime Curd and Betel Leaf Crumb down to semifreddo on crushed oatmeal cookies, puffed purple rice, and lemon curd. Ah yes, and crickets. What do they taste like? Well, not much right out of the package, but lightly sauted in a drizze of olive oil, the flavor is similiar to pork rinds. As for the semifreddo, it was just sweet with more sugary bits from the caramelized crickets. Nothing to chirp home about.

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9 thoughts on “Poor Jiminy Cricket! 😲 🦗

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  2. Nonna T

    Yes, crunchy.. They serve them at a Oaxacan restaurant nearby as an appetizer. I’ve also tried “cricket lickets” lollipops.

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    1. Rowena Post author

      I think if I had to use larger insects, like grasshoppers or locusts where you can clearly identify their eyeballs, I might’ve wigged out on the whole deal. My husband told his colleagues at work what I was up to, and all they said was “Buon appetito” 🦗

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  3. kat

    wow wow wow…though there are the young locusts (I think) that are preserved in some Japanese local cuisines which I’ve tried kinda like eating the shrimp tails.

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    1. Rowena Post author

      Yeah shrimp tails! That’s kinda what the crickets tasted like without cooking. MotH wasn’t impressed, even less so when I suggested catching them myself 😀

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  4. chef mimi

    HAHAHAHAHAHA! I’m chirping as I read this! Good old Amazon, where you really can get anything you want! Great dessert. You’re a braver woman than I am.

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      1. Rowena Post author

        I think I’ve seen the flour on Amazon…. but I do hope that the show won’t be doing anymore insect episodes. I won’t do worms or insect larvae!

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