AFRICAN CRICKET CHILI – therapeutic too
A ‘Cure Whatever Ails You’ Soup. Or at least you’ll think you’re cured. Hibiscus, lavender, black forbidden rice with lots of veggies, herbs and spice makes the alternative cricket tastes especially nice!
MAKES 24 cups
Make the black rice >
2 c. black forbidden rice, rinsed till water runs clear – water will be purplish at first
3-1/4 c. water
2 t. pink Himalayan salt
2 t. garlic powder
2 t. smoked paprika
2 T. dried lavender flowers
1/3 c. dried hibiscus flowers
Combine all ingredients in large saucepan. Bring to boil, cover tightly, reduce heat to low and cook 40 minutes. Remove from heat and keep covered till the remaining liquid becomes absorbed.
Although the rice when cooked in plain water cooks up in 30 minutes, any time you add seasonings such as the ones we added here, it interferes somewhat in the absorption process and takes a little longer.
Chili > Don’t start cooking till all the veggies are in the pot.
4 c. DUNBAR’S Sweet Bell Pepper Mixed Strips plus a little liquid from the can – we’re keeping the strips whole to introduce a different cut for chili
5 c. GORDON CHOICE Sliced Stewed Tomatoes including some of the liquid from can – whatever liquid comes up into the measuring cup when you dip to measure the tomato slices plus about 1/2 c. more of the liquid – transfer to large bowl and cut slices into smaller pieces – so they distribute evenly through the chili
1-1/2 lbs. white button mushrooms, washed and cut into cubes, 1/2 inch
2 c. diced red onion, 3/8 inch square
3 stalks celery, sliced 1/4 inch wide
4 c. diced red cabbage – 1/2 inch squares – remove thick white cores/veins in leaves before dicing
2 t. pink Himalayan salt
2 t. smoked paprika
3 t. cumin
2 t. powdered garlic
2 T. ground rosemary
2 t. ground coriander
1/2 t. red cayenne pepper
1/2 t. ground allspice
2 t. dried oregano, crushed between fingers
fresh ground black pepper as wanted
1 c. rolled oats
2 c. water
1/2 t. pink Himalayan salt
28 oz. can tomato sauce – I used Dei Fratelli brand
1 c. grated peeled carrot, using lg. holes of a hand grater
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 T. dark brown sugar
1 c. water
1 more t. salt, if needed
In extra-large soup pot place peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, onion, celery, cabbage and salt. Stir well. Cover pot and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, till liquid starts to boil up from bottom of pot and mushroom edges round out a little (there isn’t much liquid) – about 7-10 minutes.
Add herbs and spices (ending with salt and ending with pepper). Stir well. Cover, reduce heat to low and cook 30 minutes, stirring as needed.
Add rice mixture to soup pot. Stir well.
Cook oatmeal, then add to chili.
Add tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, water and salt. Stir well.
Cover and cook on medium-low heat for 30 minutes longer.
Notes > The oatmeal needs to be cooked separately, otherwise it won’t soften uniformly. Oatmeal is used to smooth the broth and bring all the ingredients together. It works like a charm.
Africans eat crickets, so in an effort to increase their exports the USA has agreed to buy their cricket products – products that you have no say in. Hey, a cricket is a cricket, much like a cockroach. Only crickets sing, loud and clear, and this chef is hearing their song. Being animal-free, and being that crickets are animals with faces, I’m supplying ahead of the onslaught a remedy for the Africans who still want to eat cricket upon arriving in their streets paved with gold country of choice.
An alternative to cricket > Hibiscus. Some guy on a Food Network show said they were sweet. Africans in Africa cook them alive, like we cook lobster. I wonder why we don’t cook shrimp alive or maybe we do, I just never saw it done. The Asians probably do.
On another Food Network show, one of the mystery ingredients was cricket flour. One of the judges said she tried it and liked it. It’s called Back To Your Roots Indoctrination. They’re a global show and they claim Africans watch the show too – accompanied by a ‘shouldn’t we feel sorry for them’ type of facial and voice gesturing. The government through the Food Network seeks to keep your mind on the past so you don’t make any changes in tastes to upset their happy money arrangement with the slaughter industries. Crickets are now on the menu.
And the Animal-Free Chef is right there with them presenting an alternative to the cricket. We just add a little sweet and it’s done.
That’s all ya got? Crickets? Where’s the ingenuity there? Cricket flour? Really? With all the natural resources and plant life on continental Africa, you try to sell us crickets? The answer is NO. Animal-Free crickets is what you get.
Plants. The future is plants. The NOW is plants. You’re not thinking. How many plants do humans cultivate? Not many in comparison to the number that exist. And a lot of them exist in Africa. Huge. Huge.
If you want to help your continent to stop the scam mentality… Crickets?
Plants. A multitude of plants.
Open your eyes and see what is around you. What happened to your vision?