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
students made such a cake three years ago, and slices are still
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
presence or absence of species. However, with the onset
of the earthworm
invasion, I fear that what may have been identifying
characteristics will increasingly be lost. Now that Lee
us to the magnitude and widespread state of the problem,
I'm finding the
little beggars everywhere. Has anyone a recipe for fried
(saute in butter and garlic?) that they'd care to share?
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.
turn it down? OMG, just the thought of it and I'm one step
Hey, just a thought. Reckon all these
worms that we are seeing are
really space aliens who are sneaking in through worm holes? (I
all the cyberspace groans.)
The coffee this morning is GREEAT.
Wonder what's in it?
Lee's Worm Cake
20, 2006 17:45 PST
If any of the worm cake is still left, and if its not petrified
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
invasion. Presumably the loss of the forest floor and fine root
shocks the tree, causing reduced growth and increased
climate variation, at least until the tree establishes a new
system deeper in the soil.
Lee's Worm Cake
21, 2006 04:30 PST
I'm sure either Russ or I could finish it up for Bob. We've both
some gross stuff in the Corps' in our day... just send it my
lick the plate clean. Matter of fact, I used to be slightly
for eating stuff other guys wouldn't.
Bob, the worms go down easier when they're slimy, just don't
I do a great edible bugs program at the park usually once a
the chocolate covered crickets weren't so darned expensive
Lee's Worm Cake
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
worm pie, worm pudding, worm a la king with toast points,
worm stew, and worm soup are delicacies for the common person
reduce the food bill considerably.
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
Pour off water and repeat the boiling process twice. Bake on
sheet at 350 degrees F. for 15 minutes. Roll the worms in flour,
in butter, add salt to taste. Add bouillon and simmer for 30
Saute onions and mushrooms in butter. Add onions and mushrooms
worms. Stir in sour cream or yogurt. Serve over rice or noodles.
Most people shudder at the mention of earthworms for food, but
97 percent protein and one of the most available and healthful
outside your door.
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