Thursday, February 8, 2007

Well, that ought to teach me to keep my big mouth shut

I went to Mangochi District yesterday for a meeting, and drove back this morning. On the way down, I noticed a lot of people standing by the side of the road, holding out baskets of small, dark items to sell to passers-by. I thought, "ooh, perhaps berries?"

So on the trip back up, I asked my colleagues what was in the baskets. They said, "Oh, would you like to try?" And before I could say another word, we had pulled over by the side of the road and were checking out the merchandise.

I'm sure I don't need to tell you, but it wasn't berries. It was insects. Boiled termites, to be exact. About the size of potato-bugs. My coworkers bought a bag each, and they are going to prepare them for me so I can have them for lunch tomorrow.

Great. I just had to ask, huh?

I'll be sure to let you know how they taste. I'm thinking oily and crunchy. With an earthy sort of flavor.