Lee's Worm Cake   Lee E. Frelich
  Dec 19, 2006 17:12 PST 


You can put earthworms in carrot cake. Just grind the worms up in a blender
and substitute a cup of ground worms for a cup of flour. One of my
students made such a cake three years ago, and slices are still available
in our freezer if want one.


At 07:33 AM 12/19/2006, you wrote:

    When I first started stumbling around in the old growth, I tried to
observe ground plant associations that suggested that I was in an area
of old growth. What I observed mostly as a distinguishing feature was
the state of development of various plant assemblages as opposed to
presence or absence of species. However, with the onset of the earthworm
invasion, I fear that what may have been identifying ground plant
characteristics will increasingly be lost. Now that Lee has sensitized
us to the magnitude and widespread state of the problem, I'm finding the
little beggars everywhere. Has anyone a recipe for fried earthworms
(saute in butter and garlic?) that they'd care to share?

Lee's Worm Cake   Robert Leverett
  Dec 20, 2006 04:49 PST 

    Uh, okay Lee, thanks. I'll pass on the carrot-worm cake. Can't
imagine why the recipe hasn't taken off like a rocket, though. Who could
turn it down? OMG, just the thought of it and I'm one step removed from
meeting Ralph.

    Hey, just a thought. Reckon all these worms that we are seeing are
really space aliens who are sneaking in through worm holes? (I can hear
all the cyberspace groans.)

    The coffee this morning is GREEAT. Wonder what's in it?

Re: Lee's Worm Cake   Lee E. Frelich
  Dec 20, 2006 17:45 PST 


If any of the worm cake is still left, and if its not petrified by next
spring, I will bring it to Cook Forest in April. If you won't eat it, Dale
will, and then we'll finally be rid of it.

Speaking of earthworms, a recent exploratory analysis of sugar maple by a
student here shows that there may be a tree-ring signal of earthworm
invasion. Presumably the loss of the forest floor and fine root system
shocks the tree, causing reduced growth and increased sensitivity to
climate variation, at least until the tree establishes a new fine root
system deeper in the soil.

RE: Lee's Worm Cake   Dale Luthringer
  Dec 21, 2006 04:30 PST 


I'm sure either Russ or I could finish it up for Bob. We've both eaten
some gross stuff in the Corps' in our day... just send it my way, I'll
lick the plate clean. Matter of fact, I used to be slightly notorious
for eating stuff other guys wouldn't.

Bob, the worms go down easier when they're slimy, just don't chew.

I do a great edible bugs program at the park usually once a year. Wish
the chocolate covered crickets weren't so darned expensive though.

RE: Lee's Worm Cake   Robert Leverett
  Dec 21, 2006 05:12 PST 


   I had a feeling that there was going to be some negatives for tree
growth as a consequence of thos little beggars.

Our only hope of stemming the invasion is to convince the public that
worm pie, worm pudding, worm a la king with toast points, sauteed worms,
worm stew, and worm soup are delicacies for the common person and will
reduce the food bill considerably.

Earthworm Chow   Edward Frank
  Dec 24, 2006 15:51 PST 


1 c. earthworms
1/2 lg. onion, chopped
1/2 c. water
1 bouillon cube
1 c. yogurt or sour cream
3 tbsp. butter
1/2 c. mushrooms
Whole wheat flour



Wash earthworms thoroughly and place in boiling water for three minutes.
Pour off water and repeat the boiling process twice. Bake on cookie
sheet at 350 degrees F. for 15 minutes. Roll the worms in flour, brown
in butter, add salt to taste. Add bouillon and simmer for 30 minutes.
Saute onions and mushrooms in butter. Add onions and mushrooms to the
worms. Stir in sour cream or yogurt. Serve over rice or noodles.
Most people shudder at the mention of earthworms for food, but they are
97 percent protein and one of the most available and healthful foods
outside your door.
Re: Earthworm Chow   Michele Wilson
  Dec 25, 2006 09:08 PST 

perhaps you can adjust your recipe to be "alien earthworms required" and 2
cups worth vs. only 1... it could be called SAVE THE WORLD ALIEN EARTHWORM