Friday, July 20, 2012

Brine for Pork Chops./Cicada

I came upon a great recipe for a brine for pork chops.  The first pic is the chops in the brine,  

1 cup                             salt
1 Tablespoon                ground mustard  
1Tablespoon                pepper corns      
1 cup                     brown sugar
2 cups                    cider vinegar
Put all ingredients in a pot and heat until salt is dissolved.  Set aside for 10 minutes.  Add a whole tray of ice cubes. Place meat and brine in a zip lock bag for no longer than 2 hours.  Rinse and dry.  Brush with oil and cook.
Rog at the barbecue.
What fabulous grill marks.  You would make Bobby Flay proud.
They really look good on the plate.  Enjoy!!

While we were out cooking the chops we spotted this guy.  It is a cicada.  Cicadas are the insects that are making all the noise in the trees around us. 

Cicadas are probably best known for their buzzing and clicking noises, which can be amplified by multitudes of insects into an overpowering hum. Males produce this species-specific noise with vibrating membranes on their abdomens. The sounds vary widely and some species are more musical than others. Though cicada noises may sound alike to humans, the insects use different calls to express alarm or attract mates.
Cicadas are also famous for their penchant for disappearing entirely for many years, only to reappear in force at a regular interval. There are some 3,000 cicada species, but only some share this behavior (the 17-year cicada is an example). Others are called annuals because, although individuals have multi-year lifecycles, some adults appear every year. The dog day cicada, for example, emerges each year in mid-summer.
When young cicada nymphs hatch from their eggs, they dig themselves into the ground to suck the liquids of plant roots. They spend several early life stages in these underground burrows before surfacing as adults. The process varies in length but often takes a number of years.
Periodical cicadas do not create destructive plagues, as some locusts do, though tens or hundreds of thousands of insects may crowd into a single acre. Large swarms can overwhelm and damage young trees by feeding and laying eggs, but older trees usually escape without serious damage.

The insect's amazing lifestyle has been a source of fascination since ancient times. Several cultures, such as the ancient Chinese, regarded these insects as powerful symbols of rebirth.

Since this blog is a cooking theme I thought I would include this yummy recipe for this cute looking bug.  Since I could only put my hands on one bug so we did not get to try the recipe.


6 oz. cream cheese

30 freshly hot water boiled cicadas
1 pkg. Wonton wrappers

Drop approximately 1 teaspoon of cream cheese on each of the wonton wrapper and then put 1 cicada on each of the wrapper. Fold in corners and seal with egg white. Fry in hot oil until crispy and brown. If needed serve with Sweet & Sour Sauce
— Jun Yan
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