"Innovative Flavors": would you eat this?

  1. Saw an AP story in the paper on 3-18-15: (just some highlights here....)

    Bamboo-Worm Bite--A dessert that uses bamboo worms as an ingredient in the crust, and stink bugs infused into its tiramisu cream.
    La Cordon Bleu's branch in Bangkok offered a tasting menu for 60 open-minded participants that included a vial of ant-infused gin followed by a shot of warm cricket consomme.
    And an hors d'oeuvre of cockchafer (a giant beetle) butter on an herb-crisp.
    ....The ants in gin was described as having " an explosion of lemony taste" that came from acid produced in the ant's abdomens.
    The warm cricket consomme was noted to be "meaty, nutty, flavorful, subtle and not at all grainy."

    The seminar presented was Edible Insects In A Gastronomic Context.
    The insects were not visible, artfully hidden, pureed into batters, juices extracted for essence.
    "We didn't want to just put a bug on a salad and say, 'Voila!' We wanted to know, can we extract interesting flavors, new textures, aromas, and turn it into something delicious" (Christophe Mercier)

    I dunno, I reckon I'd take a tiny taste, but truthfully, it would be the 'textures' that would do me in! And stink bugs in tiramisu would be an abomination!
    What about you?
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   Rose_Queen
    No way! I get that other cultures consider certain bugs a delicacy, but having been raised in a culture where bugs are not viewed as food, I think that's just something I wouldn't be able to try.
  4. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    It is pretty gag-invoking, isn't it!
  5. by   Leonardsmom,LPN
    It would be difficult to knowingly try something like that. Although some food for thought is that most people are already consuming insect parts in the foods that we eat and a certain amount is allowed under FDA regulations. It's just not listed in the ingredients or intentionally used for its flavor
  6. by   amoLucia
    Ah, but does it taste like chicken?
  7. by   toomuchbaloney
    A coworker brought some of this to an early morning meeting once.
    Would you try it?
    Akutaq – Eskimo Ice Cream
  8. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    Yes I would take a small taste.
    I would!
  9. by   heron
    I think if we got hungry enough, anything remotely edible would look good.

    Prolonged warfare has a tendency to destroy food production. I saw a cooking show about Cambodian food once. The cook explained that, for them, it was eat bugs, frogs and lizards or starve to death. They have developed a whole cuisine around such things.
  10. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    Here's a new one on me: Grapefruit and Jalapeno flavored vodka. Flavored? So nothing in it is real actual product to add the flavor? Mmmm, let's get a nice chemical buzz going. The only thing I can imagine worse than this flavor is throwing it back up.
    Just.....ick.

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