While I was cooking dinner one evening, I flipped on the television program featuring Andrew Zimmern, the bald-headed guy who travels the far corners of the world sampling exotic fare.
He’d just opened his mouth to a forkful of some steaming dish which included disgusting post-wiggling insects, better left on garbage.
A few minutes later, he spooned up a kind of stew with round meatballs--not the kind I’m used to serving up with spaghetti.
Another dish he devoured so enthusiastically resembled a head of cauliflower...ugh. As he traveled on through the city, he came across a street vendor offering a plate of skewered scorpions, from which he took one and so spiritedly crunched, grinning broadly.
As my stomach tried to settle back to normal, I finished up in the kitchen and brought dinner to the table--a very all-American dish of teriyaki, orange-glazed salmon, rice and steamed veggies.
Since Jen has moved back home, I’ve been creating menus--nothing fancy, just good, wholesomely nutritious food. Having been a Key West gal for the last 6 months, she's gotten used to scallops and fresh lobster.
Cooking mainly for Paul and myself for quite awhile, our dinners were often just salads and veggies, tilapia, or my famous pizza: Baby Ray's Original BBQ sauce, skim mozzarella, cubed grilled chicken, pineapple tidbits, all topped with chopped cilantro.
Just yesterday, out in the garage, Paul yelled "Mom,come out and see this gigantic bug crawling around." It sported a huge, beetle-like shell with front extended pincers and four long legs.
Either Halloween is coming earlier this month, or this indescribably scary insect fell out of that television show I’d been watching.
It looked at me with its multiple orbs. Hmmm…might be interesting roasted and dipped in a mango and honey-dijon sauce...