Welcome to the Tuesday edition of the Coffee Hour at Street Prophets. This is an open thread where we can discuss what’s happening in our lives, what we’ve been working on, and our opinions on current events. To start us off today, I thought I’d bring up the topic of unusual foods.
In doing some research on the traditional American Indian cultures of California, I ran across this Yokuts recipe in The Natural World of California Indians by Robert Heizer and Albert Elsasser:
“Locate a yellowjacket nest hole in the ground. Early in the morning before the yellowjackets are aroused by the light, build a fire close to the hole and force smoke down the hole with a fan. After the yellowjackets are stupefied by the smoke, dig out the nest and carry it carefully to a prepared bed of coals. Roast the nest, shake the dead larvae out on a basketry tray, mash them, and put them in a basket to be boiled with hot stones. After the larvae are boiled, drain and eat with Manzanita berries or acorn meal.”I have not personally tried this recipe. If you do, please let us know how it works.
What unusual foods have you tried? Would you have them again? And, since we are talking about food, what’s for dinner?
This is an open thread--feel free to change the subject.