Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Is This a Playable Lie?

  • Get ready for a loud summer -- the 17-year cicadas are coming to Chicago. They're out there. Millions of them. After 17 years feeding on root juice in the ground, they'll soon climb into the light of day. The red-eyed, clear-winged periodical cicada will be back in such numbers that some lawns will move like they're alive.
Of course, with assorted suburban development, the cicadas are nothing like they were back when grandpappy used to have to use a coal shovel just to clear a path to the old outhouse. Why, grandma used to gather up the carcasses for cooking fuel when the buffalo chips ran low. And tasty? Lemme tell ya, great uncle Earl didn't get through that summer on potatoes and jerked beef.

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22 Comments:

Anonymous alice said...

They're quite tasty, like roasted almonds...

4/10/2007 12:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know cicadas, sir, and you are no cicada!

4/10/2007 12:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When life gives you lemons, made lemonade.

Recipe for Fried Cicadas

Ingredients:
2-3 cups of softshell cicadas
1/4 cup peanuts or cashews
1/4 cup balsamic vinigar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon fresh ginger
1 tablespoon hot chili paste
1 teaspoon sugar
conrstarch
egg, lightly beaten
lettuce leaves for serving


Directions:

Dip the cicadas into the egg and then into the cornstarch and fry until golden brown. In another pan carmelize the balsamic vinigar, soy souce, peanuts and ginger (toss the peanuts and ginger in first for about 2 minutes with a little oil). Add remaining sauce ingredients and simmer for 2 minutes. Toss the Cicadas in the sauce pan and serve with chilled lettuce leaves which should be used to wrap and hold the fried cicadas.

This is a Japanese recipe so it should be served with warm saki, but it will be just as good with Budweiser.

Also available, chocolate covered cicadas and cicada sushi.

4/10/2007 04:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was 17 years ago I wrote my last parking ticket. Guess it's time for me to come out of my hole, write a ticket and then hide again until the next calling.

4/10/2007 07:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They just flying cockroaches from Puerto Rico! Seiser says they are used to fly in crack cocaine.

4/10/2007 07:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are a real pain in the ..., well when you have to pry them out of your teeth when riding a motorcycle.

4/10/2007 08:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On a wee bit of a serious note... if the wife is a gardener, like mine is, the cicadas are going to be a real problem. They can strip a small tree bare in days. There is a commercial pesticide sold at home depot that you can buy and it will kill them off. I used it on a tree that was infested last year and it worked very well, but you have to do it early. If you wait the damage may be irreversible.
It also makes them much easier to collect for your cicada fricasi that anonymous posted the recipe for.
Da Sarge

4/10/2007 08:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cicadas? Thought that was the alderthieves trying to hide from Patrick Fitzgerald and his team! "Where are they gonna go when he comes for you?"

4/10/2007 09:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I put a cidada in my wc's sandwich. I'm sick up him asking me to do a lunch run for him. Hopefully, this will put an end to be being his "gopher" once and for all.

4/10/2007 10:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A golf issue. A golfer hits his golf ball down the fairway with his driver. The ball sails down the fairway and rolls into a paper bag. How does the golfer take his next shot without getting a penalty stroke? Let me know if anyone out there wants to know. I JUST GOTS TO KNOW.

4/10/2007 11:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmmm? Potatoes and Jerked Beef, sounds like Phils Diet!

4/10/2007 11:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A golf issue. A golfer hits his golf ball down the fairway with his driver. The ball sails down the fairway and rolls into a paper bag. How does the golfer take his next shot without getting a penalty stroke? Let me know if anyone out there wants to know. I JUST GOTS TO KNOW

You remove it from the bag and play your shot with no penalty....

The bag is garbage.

4/10/2007 01:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I put a cidada in my wc's sandwich. I'm sick up him asking me to do a lunch run for him. Hopefully, this will put an end to be being his "gopher" once and for all.

4/10/2007 10:43:00 AM

You're a liar AND a pussy. You're a liar because you didn't do that and everyone reading this knows it AND you're a pussy because you don't have the balls to tell your W/C you don't want to do his lunch run. No go back and gwet the W/C his sandwich you Pussy.

4/10/2007 02:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Cicada for Superintendent!!!!!!

4/10/2007 03:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:55 am,

since the ball is in the fairway and the bag is not part of the course you'd get a drop at the spot of obstruction. No stroke loss. Rule 24-Obstructions

TITUP

4/10/2007 05:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wasn't jon cicada a singer back in the 80's?

;O

4/10/2007 06:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least the ghetto will have something to munch on when the Flamin Hots and Grape drink run out...

4/10/2007 09:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To: A golf issue. A golfer hits his golf ball down the fairway with his driver. The ball sails down the fairway and rolls into a paper bag. How does the golfer take his next shot without getting a penalty stroke? Let me know if anyone out there wants to know. I JUST GOTS TO KNOW.

4/10/2007 11:55:00 AM

answer:: He sets fire to the bag.

4/10/2007 10:29:00 PM  
Blogger kateykakes said...

Do people really eat those creatures?

Disgusting!

4/11/2007 12:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a recipe for those of you who enjoy their cicadas a little spicier......(legit recipe found on the net).

Adult Cicadas can be eaten as well as Cicada Larvae. You should pick mature females for your dish. Adult Cicada males have hollow abdomens and not much of a meat, but the female Cicadas are filled with lots of fat. Before you start your cooking you need to remove all the hard parts: wings, legs and head. These parts don’t contain much of the meat either but may be very sharp, so its best to get rid of them.

You will need: two tablespoons butter or peanut oil, one and a half pound of cicadas, two serrano chilies, raw, finely chopped, one tomato, finely chopped, one onion, finely chopped, one and a half table spoon ground pepper, one and a half table spoon cumin, three table spoon taco seasoning mix, one handful cilantro, chopped, Taco shells, Sour cream, Shredded cheddar cheese, Shredded lettuce.

All you need to do now is:
1. Heat the butter or oil in a frying pan and fry the cicadas for 10 minuts, or until cooked through.
2. Remove from pan and roughly chop into 1/4-inch cubes/ Place back in pan.
3. Add the chopped onions, chilies and tomato, season with salt, and fry for another 5 minutes on medium-low heat.
4. Sprinkle with ground pepper, cumin and oregano to taste.
5. Serve in taco shells and garnish with cilantro, sour cream, lettuce and cheddar cheese.

Da Sarge

4/11/2007 09:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What did the Wrigleyville cicada say???

Hey--what happened to all the straight people????

4/11/2007 06:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:29:00 PM WINS THE PRIZE!!! YOU GOT THE QUESTION RIGHT. "SET THE BAG ON FIRE"

4/11/2007 10:21:00 PM  

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