Creamy scrambled eggs with chives and topped with some toasted grasshopper ! How does it sound ? Appetizing ? Eww…insect diet ? Dont panic. I don’t eat insects nor do I have any inclination to become an entomophagist (one who eat insects as food) in the future. Even if that means saving the last crumbs of my bread. However, it may arrive as an alternate diet for humans in near future, as per UN reports.
Few days back I was watching a programme on BBC, where the host was enthusiastically telling about edible insects and some adventurous chef has gone to an extent to introduce edible insects in fine dining, thus setting the clock back to primitive ages. They will serve insect in gourmet style like caterpillar consumme ! for an instance. Howzzz that ?
Food connoisseur may call it bizarre foods, some may label it as exotic, but eating insects (the edible one only) are very much part of the diet in many cultures. Like crunchy korean silkworms or red ant chutney from the tribal belt of Chattisgarh. While crunchy silkworms may be a Korean delicacy but red ant chutney may not be considered a delicacy but the only food these tribes can afford.
So if two billion people are surviving on insect diet on this planet, then there are large chunk of people who are forced to survive on insects because of extreme poverty. I am not sure whether they are lovingly eating it or forced to eat it as they don’t have any other options. Will they ever swap their fried grasshopper with the french fries ? Ironically fried grasshoppers are more nutrient rich than french fries.
Till now some 1900 species of insects have been identified that are good for human consumption. Insects are nutrient rich and their production will be more “green” in nature, that is environmentally sustainable. Entomophagist are convinced that it will save our planet. They are viewing this new source of food as only solution to eliminate the hunger from this world.
Is it really the only solution left ?
Or should we not consider the food wastage by the developed world ? Well we will deal with food wastage in another post.
As of now let me wander through my garden to catch some bugs ! It is better to become familiar with these tiny creatures, who knows what holds in the future ?
I don’t know about roasted grasshopper but creamy scrambled eggs with fresh chives on a toasty bread is what makes my mornings beautiful and appetizing. Everyone likes their scrambled egg in their own unique style. In India we make one version with lots of onions, green chillies, tomatoes and spices, then stir fried. Perfect as a sandwich stuffing or rolled up inside the paratha or chapati, it makes one easier and quick breakfast. In US I have come acrossed this creamy , super soft custardy version of scrambled eggs and I love it instantly. After watching some food shows on the television, I learnt how to make the perfect creamy scrambled eggs. The trick lies in cooking the eggs on slightest of heat. If you want you can add cream or full cream milk too.
- Eggs : 3 large
- Butter : a knob
- Cream or full cream milk : ¼ cup
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Chive : half a bunch
- Whisk the eggs lightly with a pinch of salt and milk until all the ingredients combined.
- While whiking the eggs use egg whisker, it makes the job easier.
- All the ingredients must reach same consistency, should not look patchy. Yolk should be beaten well.
- Warm up the non stick pan. Melt the butter.
- Heat should be lowest minimum possible.
- Pour the eggs and wait for say around 20 - 30 seconds.
- Stir it with a spatula, fold it and let it sit for another 15 seconds or so.
- Repeat it until all the egg mixture becomes fluffy, soft and set well.
- When it is slightly runny at places, switch off the heat and let it cook in that heat.
- Give a final stir, and shower it with freshly ground pepper and chopped chives.
- Serve warm on a toasty bread.
Make this a complete meal by stirring in some smoked salmon trimmings. Salmon and creamy scrambled eggs, oh so lovely and delightful. Salmon, scrambled eggs and spinach makes a perfect breakfast meal. Well, I guess the list is little longer. Few chopped sausages and bacon rashers would be lovely addition too. Or make it more cheesy and top it with few thin slices of tomatoes. Perfect !
How do you like to have your scrambled eggs ?