Chocolate Chirp Cookies

Not a bad birthday… Went to Saint Paul to see Sam Smith after a fancy dinner at the Heartland with KP; got properly serenaded by Michael Bolton; then Izzy gave us an Ebola scare with hemorrhagic diarrhea and explosive vomiting (and yes, I know you’re wondering, our grey-white carpets have never been better—ho ho, in fact, look as though we have been slaughtering bilious, manic pigs in the house for several days). I spent most of my thirtieth birthday wishing and praying that Izzy would see her sixth, which is next month. She’s been holding down liquids since midnight, so keep vigil with us in spirit. Or send diapers.

In other news, I was thrilled to take part in a unique festivity at the People’s Co-op this evening—A Celebration of Entomophagy. That’s right, bug-eating. It’s so vile it’s vogue. Actually, it’s a sustainability thing. Bugs, as we all know from life experience, are far easier to grow than they are to kill. And certainly cheaper/easier than plants or animals. They also pack a lot of protein in their wiggly little bodies. For example, from a baking standpoint (which is my only standpoint in the culinary community), one quarter cup of cricket flour has 7g of protein in it as compared with like 2.5g with the equivalent amount of regular flour, or 3.5g-ish if we’re talking whole wheat. Also, they require far less water/energy to produce. Did you know that it takes a gallon of water to produce one almond!? So a group of local dieticians and foodies, myself included, wanted to know—do foods made of bugs taste good?

My simple answer: Yes.

crickets

Tonight the culinary motif was crickets, and together we enjoyed:

Pancakes,

cricket pancakescricket pancake mixcricket fat pancake

Chocolate chip cookies,

cricket feast

Granola bars,

cricket bar

and pumpkin truffles made with cricket flour:

cricket flour pumpkin truffles cricket flour

For my contribution to the feast, I spiffed up my oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe with the addition of ½ cup whole crickets. I was gifted the remainder of the Bitty cricket flour at the end of the night, challenged with the task of making a tasty loaf of bread, which I shall, forthwith.

I give you Oatmeal Chocolate Chirp Cookies, protein-packed cookie dough!

cricket cookies

Haiku #25

Welcomed home to a

Fancy dinner, a show, and

Dog diarrhea.

Haiku #26

On turning thirty

There was no odometer

Click, just this poem.

Haiku #27

Why does sadness and

Winter make dark, burrowed holes

seem so appealing?

7 thoughts on “Chocolate Chirp Cookies

  1. Dear Lord! I cannot believe what I’m reading! You need to open all the windows, air things out and come back to your blog. I think you wrote you just cooked with bugs. BUGS! YOU are AFRAID of BUGS!

  2. Hooray for a birthday full of glorious entertainment (although not hooray for Izzy’s own unique form of “entertainment”, yikes!) and for adventurous, sustainable eating! I’d say your third decade of life is off to a stellar start 🙂 Sending vibes of health to Izzy, and patience and energy to you and KP, her very loving and devoted human parents. You two are amazing!

    1. That’s a rip off. They need to come to the midwest where prices are reasonable. Marv is a marvelous name. Hope he doesn’t eat too many crickets each day!

  3. Crickets are what helps Marv stave off depression living in his artificial desert and having a 7 year old boy for his best friend, when you’d likely rather be friendly with a girl lizard and be free ranging in Utah.

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