Fried Moose Balls and Ant-chilada

I would like to consider my culinary tastes as ‘diverse’ and my own inclination as ‘willing to try anything once’, but sometimes, I just have no desire to try.  There’s such a thing as taking food diversity too far.  I have no desire to subsist on unripe berries and the inner bark of trees, but it probably could be done.  And although I find the idea of a Roadkill Cook-off interesting, I have no real desire for moose balls or groundhog gravy.  I’d probably try them once, but the article doesn’t make me want to rush off to North Carolina at the moment.  In addition, I feel quite a bit of hesitation about something like the scorpion stir-fry.  I mean, I’ve done ants and crickets and lots of kinds of grubs just to try them out, but the idea of putting something that has a sting in my mouth just doesn’t appeal.  I mean, you could probably eat small pieces of sea glass since it’s been dulled by the waves, but that doesn’t really appeal either.

I guess I’ll continue to confine my ‘economic collapse food miserliness’ to sandwiches instead.  But I will leave you with a photo.  If it elicits a mouth-watering response, you may want to get yourself checked out.

scorpion

Yum.

Balsa!

During my years as a wee little architecture student, I became very familiar with this type of wood.  It’s very lightweight, almost foamy, and much easier to manipulate, bend, and even twist.  It can be very useful in model building for those reasons, but it also is easily damaged.  Oftentimes despite your best intentions it can end up looking less than crisp.

Sometimes, however, crisp edges don’t matter as much.  Say, for example, when you’re constructing a giant raft to be used on the ocean.  Sure, we’re all excited about Kon-Tiki, but I’m not sure how accurate that particular journey was as an experiment.  I prefer the idea of exploring ancient skills to that of proving they could be used to accomplish a particular historically significant task.  If we know there were ancient balsa wood rafts, let’s see what their properties are – stability in high water, maneuverability, resistance to swamping.  Hopefully that’s what this group is going to be doing over the summer – after all, the use of technology, whether old or new, is what MIT is all about.  What really has most validity to us now is learning about how balsa was used in the past and manipulating that use for the future.  Whether or not the Polynesians really were Peruvians first is interesting, but to my mind, secondary.