Make yourself a bowl of honey spiced crickets #Food#book-nerds#books#game of thrones#geeky#insects#snacks October 13 | Guest post by Sariann and Chelsea Sariann and Chelsea are two big fans of George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series. They are also fans of food. They combine their interests in their unusual cooking blog, Inn at the Crossroads. Referenced from Dance with Dragons: Hizdahr had stocked their box with flagons of chilled wine and sweetwater, with figs, dates, melons, and pomegranates, with pecans and peppers and a big bowl of honeyed locusts. Strong Belwas bellowed, "Locusts!" as he seized the bowl and began to crunch them by the handful. The things we do for food… Honey-spiced Locusts Ingredients: 1/4 cup butter pinch of salt 1 cup cleaned insects (we used freeze dried crickets from Amazon) 2 Tbs. honey 1 tsp. Aleppo pepper, mixed in with the honey Melt your butter in a pan over medium heat. Add the insects and and salt and stir gently for around 10 minutes, making sure to get them completely covered in butter. When the bugs are suitably crisped, drizzle the spice-honey over them and stir a bit more. Then spread them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and cook for around 10 minutes at 200 F, until the bugs are no longer quite so sticky. As soon as we read the description of honey-spiced locusts in Dance, we knew we had to rise to the challenge. This Volantene recipe results in a sweet & spicy, super crunchy snack that is surprisingly good. It takes a bit of psychological adjustment to get over the idea of eating bugs, but the novelty and brag-factor makes it well worth the effort. Underlying the more familiar tastes of honey and spice is the real flavor of the crickets — a sort of smoky nuttiness that takes several bites to savor. We dared to try it. Do you? Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Sariann and Chelsea We are two big fans of George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. We are also fans of food. What, then, would be more natural than to combine them into one fabulous blog? http://innatthecrossroads.com PREVIOUS Enjoy the change of seasons with pretty ideas for simple fall decor NEXT How I watched my apartment burn — OR! — What do you grab in a fire? Show/Hide comments [ 6 ] I am totally gonna make these for my boys. They are big fans of Bizarre foods and I love Martin's books! 2 agree Reply Tasty. Here in Phoenix the Oaxaquenos use chapulines (crickets) in all sorts of savory dishes, but I've never seen them honey spiced! I will definitely be trying this. Valar morghulis. Might as well live it up. 1 agrees Reply I've had these before. Yum. 1 agrees Reply I've had chocolate-covered crickets and ants before. These sound really good! I am going to have to try these for sure — if they come out good (I mean regarding my cooking ability, not your recipe), you may have also given me a Christmas gift idea for my dad 😀 Reply These would be good for a Halloween party methinks. 1 agrees Reply Hmm, with summer approaching quickly, now is the season for flying termites. I have a feeling they'd work well for this … Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.