Thursday, November 1, 2012
It is firewood season in the nether lands of the north and we are once again putting saw to log to keep our family warm. This year, we have a logging truck load of fine looking Tamarack (Western Larch) and Red Fir that is well seasoned and ready for the stove. As we were splitting the wood and stacking it in the shed, we noticed a number of rather large, plump white grubs hiding in the bark. After the children had a riotous time chasing each other with the wiggling grubs, we got back to the work at hand and put the grubs far from our minds.
Later, as I was reading an old pioneer recipe book I picked up at an antique store, I came across a rather interesting recipe from the outback of Australia for a delicacy known as "Witchetty Grubs". It was in the "Picnic" section of the book that was introduced with the following: "The origin of picnics has been traced to Charles, Prince of Wales, afterwards Charles I., who, in the year 1618, gave such a party, and invited the marquises, lords, knights, and squires to bring every man his dish of meat".
Although obviously appropriate for a proper picnic, I thought I would add Witchetty Grubs to my survival recipes, knowing that many people in a survival situation are very likely to come across fallen logs and would be quite grateful to know that a protein rich meal was but a moment away. And so, without further adieu......
Those fat, white grubs found in the damp rotting bark of old trees, are delicious cooked in honey. Wild honey can sometimes be found in the bush.
That is the recipe in its entirety. Please, I would love to hear from those of you who venture to try this latest offering in my lineup of survival recipes! Happy munching!