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They taste like peanuts, peanuts who used to have wings...
Board: Food For Thought
Jun 10, 2008 2:44pm
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This year appears to be our big year in the 17-year-long cicada hatching cycle. Central Kentucky is absolutely flooded with them. My friends and I caught a few and harvested the meat from the abdomen, baking the slivers of muscle on a cookie sheet with a bit of olive oil. 225 degrees F and 15 minutes later, we were eating cicadas. They tasted almost exactly like peanuts, but with the consistency of Rice Krispies - pretty good.

I was wondering if anyone out there has any good cicada recipes I could try before they all fly away. Ways in which to prepare, cook, and eat more of the insect rather than just the abdominal muscle would be great.

Thanks!
- SHNV
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Reply to: #237336 by StephenHawkingsNsideVoice
Jun 10, 2008 2:53pm
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LOL! This cracks me up! The way you talk so non-chalantly about this! As if no one is going to go EEEEWWWWWW GROOOOOSSSSS!!!! Though not a typical treat they are extremely high in protein ;)

Try this

http://biology.clc.uc.edu/steincarter/recipes.htm
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Reply to: #237338 by Team Springamajack
Jun 10, 2008 2:56pm
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Do you shell the cicadas for these recipes? Or eat them whole and crunchy?

(asking purely our of curiosity, not with any intention to use the information, mind you!)

-AG

p.s. EEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! But hooray for the adventurous, otherwise no one would have discovered lobster is so dang tasty!
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Reply to: #237338 by Team Springamajack
Jun 10, 2008 2:57pm
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Thanks for the link. Cicada Sauerbraten - WITH Spätzle?! Man, I'm going to have to throw a party! I just told myself when trying them, "If you can enjoy raw octopus, you can crunch down on these noisy buggers."

- SHNV
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Reply to: #237341 by ArtGekko
Jun 10, 2008 2:59pm
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Quote Do you shell the cicadas for these recipes? Or eat them whole and crunchy?


Most appear to be whole, minus legs and wings. Though personally, I'd have to take out the eyes too - I don't like when my food can look back at me. That's why I can't eat Gold Fish brand crackers...

- SHNV
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Reply to: #237344 by StephenHawkingsNsideVoice
Jun 10, 2008 3:00pm
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Quote That's why I can't eat Gold Fish brand crackers...


Well, they are "the snack that smiles back!"

-AG
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Reply to: #237344 by StephenHawkingsNsideVoice
Jun 10, 2008 3:02pm
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The shells give you plenty of fiber!!
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Reply to: #237342 by StephenHawkingsNsideVoice
Jun 10, 2008 3:03pm
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{{I just told myself when trying them, "If you can enjoy raw octopus, you can crunch down on these noisy buggers}}

SUSHI!! Just keep telling yourself that! LOL!
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Reply to: #237338 by Team Springamajack
Jun 10, 2008 3:03pm
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Hm, how do you identify the female cicadas that some recipes call for?
Gad XX
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Reply to: #237336 by StephenHawkingsNsideVoice
Jun 10, 2008 3:06pm
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Did you also notice that this post comes right after the PAMPERED CHEF GATHERING!!! LMAO!!
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Reply to: #237348 by Gadabout
Jun 10, 2008 3:06pm
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The females have a tube-like appendage extending from their abdomen called an ovipositor, used to lay eggs inside branches.

Creepy looking.
- SHNV
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Reply to: #237336 by StephenHawkingsNsideVoice
Jun 10, 2008 3:20pm
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No joking...

... I just came from the pantry, where I grabbed a little snack to have while I peruse AQ before I go out and do yardwork.

My snack: peanuts, roasted and salted in the shell.

How freakin' weird!!

*S
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Reply to: #237358 by BrewHiker
Jun 10, 2008 4:12pm
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WHERE oh where is the "BLECK" button for posts like this?

:-) pre
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Reply to: #237336 by StephenHawkingsNsideVoice
Jun 10, 2008 4:19pm
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Central Kentucky is absolutely flooded with them. My friends and I caught a few and harvested the meat from the abdomen, baking the slivers of muscle on a cookie sheet with a bit of olive oil. 225 degrees F and 15 minutes later, we were eating cicadas. They tasted almost exactly like peanuts, but with the consistency of Rice Krispies - pretty good.


Seems like a lot of work for such a tiny bite. I think I'll wait until I can get it in a can.
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Reply to: #237348 by Gadabout
Jun 10, 2008 4:26pm
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Hm, how do you identify the female cicadas that some recipes call for?


Female Cicadas are the ones with more than 3 sets of shoes.
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Reply to: #237393 by wassamatta u
Jun 10, 2008 4:30pm
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*spit take*

**wiping chai tea off of moniter**

So...wassa...do the males wear boxers or briefs?
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Reply to: #237336 by StephenHawkingsNsideVoice
Jun 10, 2008 6:30pm
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17 year in the ground was not for you to snack on them! let them be and eat REAL food man! GROSSSSSSSSSS!
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Reply to: #237453 by T REX
Jun 10, 2008 6:52pm
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This wins my vote for favorite thread on AtlasQuest EVER.

I bet they'd be good with brewers yeast sprinkled on, like popcorn!
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Reply to: #237467 by Poodle Circus
Jun 10, 2008 6:57pm
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I'd have to have them drowned in garlic butter or nacho cheese with some liquid persuasion.
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Reply to: #237453 by T REX
Jun 10, 2008 7:40pm
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Quote 17 year in the ground was not for you to snack on them! let them be and eat REAL food man! GROSSSSSSSSSS!


I'm a poor grad student who moved from Florida to the middle-of-nowhere Kentucky, I'm finding cheap ways to entertain myself. Believe me, if the farmers around here wouldn't get mad, I'd try making my own steaks from their herds. The cicadas just happen to be free and unclaimed.

- SHNV
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Reply to: #237493 by StephenHawkingsNsideVoice
Jun 10, 2008 7:56pm
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I'm a poor grad student who moved from Florida to the middle-of-nowhere Kentucky, I'm finding cheap ways to entertain myself. Believe me, if the farmers around here wouldn't get mad, I'd try making my own steaks from their herds. The cicadas just happen to be free and unclaimed.


This sounds like a great opportunity for 15 minutes of fame via YouTube.
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Reply to: #237471 by speedsquare
Jun 10, 2008 8:11pm
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some liquid persuasion.


LOTS!!!

MLR
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Reply to: #237493 by StephenHawkingsNsideVoice
Jun 10, 2008 8:35pm
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Mr. P's Pizzas are 79 cents and tast like pizza! :)
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Reply to: #237527 by T REX
Jun 10, 2008 8:58pm
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Mr. P's Pizzas? Huh?

I'd have breaded the cicadas with finely-crushed Ezekiel 4:9 sprouted grain cereal and pan-fried them in olive oil. Mmmmm.... even more nutty!

*S(uddenly on a major health kick)
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Reply to: #237537 by BrewHiker
Jun 10, 2008 9:14pm
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Quote finely-crushed Ezekiel 4:9 sprouted grain cereal


They make biblical cereal now? Hmm. Wake me up for the John 2:1-12 Water into Wine/Beer box kit.

- SHNV
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Reply to: #237527 by T REX
Jun 10, 2008 9:15pm
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Quote Mr. P's Pizzas are 79 cents and tast like pizza!


Yeah, but they probably have enough grease to clog up and take down an elephant.

- SH-"Doesn't Want To Die Early"-NV
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Reply to: #237539 by StephenHawkingsNsideVoice
Jun 10, 2008 9:19pm
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That's what they call it... Biblical Cereal...

"Take also unto thee Wheat and Barley and Beans and Lentils and Millet and Spelt and put them in one vessel and bread of it..." Ezekiel 4:9.

The company, Food for Life has been around for 40 years. The concept of using sprouted grains for the astounding nutritional benefits is... well... a miracle!

It takes a little getting used to, kinda like beer takes getting used to, but when you do... wow.

*S
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Reply to: #237336 by StephenHawkingsNsideVoice
Jun 10, 2008 9:51pm
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You know, I thought it odd that earlier this year, you showed up to a letterboxing event, but forgot all your letterboxing gear. I'm starting to get the whole picture now. :o)

Lemme know if you get real hungry and I'll snap the lid closed on that big 'coon outside when he crawls in the trash again. He done scared the poop outta me when I got home a while ago. He was a big ol' fat one too. You and your buddies could eat on him for a week.
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Reply to: #237336 by StephenHawkingsNsideVoice
Jun 11, 2008 3:15am
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Sounds like there may be a new although limited market for Cicada sauce. I little grillin' sauce might do wonders for the consistancy.
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Reply to: #237572 by IrishRef
Jun 11, 2008 5:56am
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Buffalo Cicada wings?