Thursday, July 5, 2007

Cicadas, The Alien Invasion South of the Border!

The Cicadas are here!!! It seems to be raining bugs!!!

Time & history tell us the Cicadas are here to stay. The Singing & Mystique of Cicadas was mentioned in Platos Phaedrus. Therefore the sound of Cicadas right now in Northern Mexico shouldn't be a surprise even if it is almost deafening around dusk. People have described their noise as singing, I doubt if I could call it such but it is very hard to ignore. One folk tail says that the sound of Cicadas is followed by rain~well, that explains the weather we have been having. We are ready for a change though:)
While the girls were here visiting we were rather shocked by how loud & invasive they were while we dined outside one evening. The large Cicadas here in Northern Mexico spend most of their lives underground & crawl out only every 17 years! There are some 2500 species of Cicadas around the world so I guess that is something so sing about if you are a big 4 inch bug with the aerodynamics of a Volkswagon!!!

Our Green Flying Friend!
Green isn't just for bugs! Okay, so this drink might make the whining bug noise easier to bear!

The Mean Green Cicada Martini~Call it what you want!!
6 parts gin
1 part chartreuse
Almond-stuffed olive

Combine liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker with cracked ice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with an olive.

Salsa de Aguacate

3 Jalapenos (less if you want), blackened or raw, seeded & stems removed
1 -2 Avocados, diced
1 Tomatillo, cut into quarters
Cilantro, loosely chopped

Put all in a blender or molcajete then thin out with small amount Crema, or Sour Cream, salt & pepper to taste.
*Crema~ Crema Pura de Vaca is used in many dishes here. It just thins this recipe out, so it is easier to dip.
Garnish with Cilantro Sprigs & let those bugs sing on!!!
Enjoy this very green Appetizer & Cocktail Recipe!


Lauren said...

Gross me out! You're getting a little too close to those bugs.

Dee said...

Well, the camera does have a zoom feature!! They are still icky to me as they fly at my head outside!

tilegirl said...

Cicadas! They are what's for dinner!
Got Cicadas?

Dee said...

...the other white meat!

Lauren said...

Gross, that will make me think twice about eating when either of you two cook!