It’s finally dinnertime. The locust tank is empty save for the eggs tubs of dirt and sand – we’ve euthanised the female locusts for our first entomophagy-at-home experience (they’ve joined the males in the freezer).
We’re using a recipe adapted from Man Eating Bugs: The Art and Science of Eating Insects, by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio – Locust Tortillas.
To make the tortillas:
2 cups of flour (you can use plain flour, or mix it up a little with wholemeal)
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup hot water
3 tablespoons oilve oil
Mix flour and salt. Stir in three quarters (175ml)of near-boiling water and oil and knead the dough, adding a little extra flour or water if you need to – you’re aiming for a smooth dough. Roll the dough into a ball and cover with a teatowel – leave to rest for approx. half an hour.
Divide into eight portions (roll each into a ball) and use a tortilla press to press them into flat disks. If you don’t have a press just roll them with a rolling pin, they’ll still be magic.
Heat a little oil in a large skillet (or non stick pan) and fry each tortilla for about a minute each side. Done.
For the tortilla filling, mix up some simple guacamole (mashed avocado plus a little lemon juice and chopped coriander). Optional: a basic salsa – chopped tomatoes, onion, cucumber, juice of a lime – and chilli to taste.
Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees celsius. Roast thirty to forty locusts in a baking tray for ten minutes, then remove the wings and large hind legs (if you’re picky you can remove the heads and other legs too).
Toss with the juice of a lemon, 2 cloves of crushed garlic and a little salt.
Spread guacamole and salsa on your tortilla, sprinkle with roasted locusts, and enjoy! Serves 2 as a meal, or 4-6 as an appetiser.
And the verdict? Delicious! The locusts were crunchy good, and reminded me of toasted sesame seeds – they blended perfectly with the garlicky, lemony avocado and tomato tortillas.
Next up: Mealworms (might as well give them a whirl while I wait for my baby locusts to hatch – fingers crossed they do!)