Thursday, February 23, 2017

Its bug season

These guys put up a nasty fight when you grab them

Was very busy yesterday with resort work and dealing with problems so no time to post.  For one thing, we lost another UPS unit which knocked out our internet access.  Seems like we lose at least one a year or more because of the lousy electrical service up here.  There is also a lot of lightning activity as well and a couple of years ago, one UPS unit was fried to a crisp with smoke coming out during one storm.  Will have to go to town and pick up another unit today or else our expensive computers and video surveillance equipment will be the victims instead of the UPS units.  We called our electrician to make sure the power line feeds are up to shape to see if that would help.

The workers are still on the lanai extension project.  B's mother wanted a covered lanai that connects our units and also provide a place where we can sit outside and socialize.  One thing about Thai families is that they all want to be close to each other even if we have 20 rai of space to build on.  If you want any kind of privacy for some fun and games, make sure your doors are locked..555.  The lanai will also have a built in storage shed and room for a sink.  


Big and plump this time of year

Its also bug season upcountry.  That means that red ant eggs are available and will be very plentiful in the next couple of months.  I've posted about these before and how we prepare them.  The ones we had last night were extra plump, which meant the ants were very well fed and the eggs were still immature.  Depending on the timing, Ella might get her first taste in the next month or two as part of her growing up ritual.  Her older sister Marina likes bugs and eats them like snacks out of a bag. She had her first ant eggs at around 8 months old.  These girls are not going to be snowflakes when they grow up here in the country!  

These are pan fried waterbugs

There are also crickets, waterbugs and many beetles that are just coming out of their hibernation period as the weather is getting warmer.  Bugs are a great source of protein with no fat except when they are deep fried like the bugs above.  Lots of times, they are just pan fried and tossed with a bit of garlic, salt, and peppered to taste.  Bugs gathered by the family insure no pesticides were used in the capture so its labelled 'pesticide free and organically grown' by Sevenwinds himself.  They go great with beer or soda - just eat them like potato chips.

One of the waterbug traps.  Black light attracts them to the trap
and they fall into the buckets containing water

B's father has several large traps set up to gather the bugs and what we don't eat, he sells.  The bugs shown on the top of this post, according to B, can sell for up to 30 baht apiece in Bangkok.  They are plentiful here, one just has to grab them around the black light traps as this kind of bug won't go into the water tub.  Yes, they can bite but they have no venom thus they are easy pickings.  To eat, peel off the wings and feet and munch on the body and head.  Some people eat the feet, but I don't like them because they get stuck between my teeth.  Also, while I can and do eat them, they are not high on my list of favorite foods.  Eating bugs became kind of an essential custom in upper Thailand because its poor population could not afford other protein sources such as meats and poultry.  They ate what they caught and survived any way they could and now many Issan dishes are considered fashionable in the big mango.

Bugs are a common sight on the streets of the big mango, especially in many of the entertainment and tourists areas.

Here is an funny video of guy trying to collect his own ant eggs.  I posted this video a while back, but it may already be archived so here it is again.

(obviously something that should left up to the professionals to do)

Hopefully I can get back to the mango on Friday in time for the buffet and the charity Bar B Q on Saturday.  Maybe bring some bug snacks for some of the guys to try...555..nah, just kidding.






3 comments:

  1. Hey Sevenwinds,

    Geo here...hope all is well. If lightning activity is damaging your UPS repeatedly, you may want to check with your power company about the feasibility of installing a lightning arrester on the overhead power line feeding power to your resort/house. When a lightning surge travels along the power line to the arrester, the current from the surge is diverted through the arrestor to ground to prevent damages to sensitive electronic equipment.

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  2. Hey Sevenwinds,

    Geo here...hope all is well. If lightning activity is damaging your UPS repeatedly, you may want to check with your power company about the feasibility of installing a lightning arrester on the overhead power line feeding power to your resort/house. When a lightning surge travels along the power line to the arrester, the current from the surge is diverted through the arrestor to ground and prevents damages to sensitive electronic equipment.

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  3. Good idea! I will definitely check it out.

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