Living in Cyprus means you have no excuse not to adopt a healthy Mediterranean diet. Olive trees are all around, fruit is so plentiful you can pluck it off the trees and bushes as you walk past and that’s not to mention the abundance of salads in every eatery in town. Fair enough these are tough pandemic times and eating out hasn’t been an option, but most restaurants have stepped up to the mark and offered take-away and delivery as well. So no, there is no excuse.
And then we have the humble Cricket, and no, I don’t mean that quintessential English game played so much better than we do by most of the peoples of the world. I’m talking insects here. Protein in a bag to be precise.
Since I stopped eating and drinking dairy produce, except for cream in coffee and a little butter on a small amount of bread, I’ve become a lot lighter I’ve lost 3 stone (around 43 lbs American) and feel so much healthier. The question is, would I want to go that next level and try cricket powder?
No, it’s not ground up cricket bats or old cricket caps but ground up deceased crickets. That’s right, the insect that chirrups in the trees and bushes in the summer trying to attract a mate. Yep, dead crickets dried out and ground into a powder for use as a food supplement. Cricket flour is neutral in flavor, so you can mix it with baking soda to increase the protein in your bread or baking. Add it into your salad dressing and mix it in breakfast shakes or smoothies, if you’re so inclined.
To be fair, the ubiquitous bugs of this world have appeared as street food in many far eastern countries for years. In some cases, it’s a staple diet. So, eating bugs isn’t something new in certain parts of the world, but it is new to yours truly and is something I may one day embrace… but for the time being, I’ll stick to salads, olives, sheep and goat yoghurt and the odd piece of fruit and goat cheese.
In a culinary way, I lean more to the Mediterranean diet than the fried bug on a stick school of cookery.
Copyright © Tom Kane 2021
A Pat on His Back tells the story of my move to Cyprus. I’ve been living in Cyprus since 2008, and it has taught me a lot about Mediterranean food and lifestyle and one aspect of that is the Meze. You can read all about my adventure of moving to Cyprus from the UK. Read some of it here for free by clicking on the Preview button below.