Not just another can of worms
some lip stuff wheneverenever their lipss get dry yet if theyy owned some chicc bag – lip balm andd whatever else theyy need could go in there.
Maybe I’m rantingnting and you thinknk I’m crazy to thinknk you need a bag.g.
But think about all thoseose things you’ve hadd to leave at home becausecause you couldn’t walklk around town carryingrying them in your hands.nds.
Iff you owned a bag, thoseose headphones youu love so much coulduld be easily slid in HURRAH, they are here! My favourite dish has crawled back onto my plate after a long absence! In spite of my religious leanings that frown upon the consumption of the ‘insects,’ I had a fried plate last night.
I am looking forward to the cooked version of creepy crawlies tomorrow! If you feel like puking, then stop reading now.
My craving is better than for those who choose to feast on crab, snail (or is it escargot?) horse, snake, insect, frog, grub, lizard, rat, bat, cat, dog, grasshopper, octopus, tortoise, seal, lobster, prawns, eel, or monkey.
For me it’s worms. The caterpillars of the anomalous emperor moth Imbrasiabelina, mopane worms are a culinary sensation here in Zimbabwe and the rest of Central and Southern Africa.
They are named after the mopane, a tree that is common in semi-arid areas whose big clover-like leaves are what the worms feast on during their metamorphosis.
For the poverty stricken people of the region, the mopane worm, or amacimbi in the local language, is manna from heaven.
The guts are removed through squeezing and the worms are then boiled and left for a day to dry out in the sun. Once dried, they can be used at any time for cooking and the result is a juicy and salty treat.
The mopane worm has all but replaced traditional agricultural produce as a source of nutrition and income.
From the onset of the rain season, when the mopane forms its tell-tale leaves, the worms emerge from their cocoons and crawl down the tree. So do worm gatherers from all corners for the harvest.
The worm catching is in itself a spectacle to behold. Scores of people fan across the sparse bushes, carrying containers of every conceivable shape and size, filling them to the brim with nature’s bounty.
The worms are a delicacy mainly among the black population. Connoisseurs say that there are more than 20 ways to prepare the mopane worm dishes.
Take them fried as a snack, cooked with tomatoes there. You may nonot need a man bag every other day but think about the times when you’re travelling. Surely, you can’t have your hand luggage all jumbled up,up your hands can’t handle the excess. You could simply slide in the bag your newspaper, bbook, passport, iPad or any other gadgegadget you might need during the journey. Carrying a satchel is so 1990s; it won’t work espespecially if you’re pulling off some sleesleek outfit. ImagineImagin wearing those Steve Madden kicks and a blazer then strap on a satchelsatch to your back. No man,ma you can do better than that! With a man bag, you’ll be glad to have that extra charging cable stowedsto when your phone’s batteryb life is less than 10 percent. You can even afford to move around with your battery pack. We all know how important it is to keep your battery alive when you’re on the go. Chapped lips could be a problemp for you, keep a tube of lip balm within reach for instant moisture relief. Tissues are jusjust plain convenient to have on you – never mmore so than when you feel a sneeze coming on. While you’re at it, it can’t hurt to have a package or two of peppermint sweets or gum. Trust me; she wowon’t want to kiss you with that smelly breath of yoyours! Feedback fromfro “Never trust a man with bad shoes” and onions, boiled or simply dried (See recipes below). One enterprising entrepreneur has even contemplated canning them.
Whichever way they are prepared, health experts wax lyrical about the dietary advantages of mopane worms. They contain more protein and roughage than ordinary oats. Posters at health centres in the rural areas recommend the worms as a supplement for pregnant women and those living with HIV.
There are those among us who would only eat mopane worms at gunpoint. The reason is purely psychological. Admittedly, it takes one quite some time to acquire the taste.
One just has to get over the initial phobia that associates the worms with other creepy-crawlies, experts say. In some cases, this is blamed on adults who discouraged their children from eating the worms at an early age. This is in spite of the fact that the adults themselves grew up on a diet of worms.
The edible worms are just irresistible in a continent where hunger and famine stalks the land. Their respect knows no borders. They can be found gracing the dinner tables of many households in South Africa, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique.
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) demand is outstripping supply with a kilogram fetching as much as US$5.
However, there are parts of the continent where the worms are, let’s say, despised. During a trip to Uganda in 1994, I attracted strange looks from my hosts when I tried to convince them that there was absolutely nothing wrong with having mopane worms for dinner.
A glossy magazine article that I presented as evidence, including graphic colour photographs, only made things worse.
In freezing Sweden, Scandinavian hosts could hardly disguise their shock when their Zimbabwean guests attempted to allay their fears describing in graphic detail how good the grubs tasted. What else besides these awful things did these people eat, they wondered.
Read your article titled “Never trust a man with bad shoes”, that was hilarious, you had some points but I don’t think that sums up a man. Here’s what I think, in terms of grooming, they probably lack but in other areas they can be the man of your dreams only if you look past the shoes. But you are right though, guys should start grooming themselves not just for the ladies but to also feel good about themselves, you don’t have to be a millionaire to do this. It was a cool article, tonnes of humour, guys should take notes – they can learn a thing or two. Keep up the good work. — Tafadzwa
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Back in Zimbabwe, hundreds of people flock to the southern regions from all corners to get a piece of the action. Predictably, politicians have also waded into the fray.
Here, anything that smells of money attracts politicians like flies to a carcass. Government officials complain about the exploitation of poor rural villagers by unscrupulous traders who peg the price at US$15 for a 20-litre bucket. The going market rate is US$5 a kilogram in the DRC.
Local authorities in areas where mopane worms are harvested have been vigorously campaigning for a ban on ‘outsiders’ cashing in on what is regarded by them as an exclusive resource.
The issue has turned political and emotions run high at harvest time when scuffles break out between villagers and traders from the city. In Botswana, landowners charge the gatherers a fee for both camping on their property and harvesting.
These traders are sometimes accused of showing little respect for local customs and in turn, the environment. They needlessly chop down trees and desecrate sacred traditional shrines.
At least one local authority is issuing licences to approved traders while others insist on the locals doing the picking themselves and later selling the worms at set prices.
Unfortunately, at the height of the worm-picking season, poor and desperate villagers accept anything they are offered in return, from bags of maize meal, cups and plates to items of clothing in exchange for buckets of the worms.
This has made them easy picking for unscrupulous buyers who are out to make a quick and easy buck.
Mopane worms are the salvation to an economically depressed and poverty stricken region. For a continent always reaching out its hand for assistance, the worms offer an opportunity for its people to improve their wretched lives. And they are not going to let any outsider take away their God given right. RECIPES Mopane Worm Stew Ingredients: Dried mopane worms, Tomato (sliced), Onions (chopped), butter or cooking oil, chilli sauce (to taste,) salt, pepper and garlic salt to taste Method: Preparation Soak mopane worms in water until soft Fry onions in butter or cooking oil Add rest of ingredients and cook over low heat until tender Serve with isitshwala or sadza (pap or maize meal) Method 2 Ingredients 1 cup of dried mopane worms, 1 onion, chopped, 2 green peppers, sliced, 6 tomatoes, diced, 1 tablespoon curry powder, and ½ litre water. Preparation Wash the worms and boil them for 30 minutes. Drain, then add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for about an hour.
Mopane worms can also be soaked then fried to a crispy TV snack. Yum, yum, yum!