I don’t think this is actually child abuse. Of course, Brangelina would say it is merely the mark of having well-traveled and open-minded children:
According to E! News, the actress’ boys discovered their love for crickets on a recent trip to Cambodia, where she adopted her nine-year-old son Maddox.
“My boys love to eat crickets. It’s their favorite thing,” Jolie said. “They ate them like Doritos.”
“I had to actually ban the cricket eating at some point, because I was afraid they were gonna get sick from too many,” Jolie added. “But they’re good—they are like a potato chip.”
No doubt, they are exactly like a potato chip, only better.
Especially when made Cajun-style (and please note the alliteration—“crispy Cajun crickets”):
Tired of the same old snack food? Perk up your next party with Crispy Cajun Crickets. Roasted crickets are a tasty and unique addition to any social occasion, with a crunchy-tangy flavor all their own. To prepare, place 1 cup of healthy Cajun Crickets into a large, clean, and airy container (add a pinch of oatmeal for food). After 1 day, remove sick crickets and freeze the remainder. Wash frozen crickets in tap water, spread on cookie sheet, and roast in oven at lowest setting. When crickets become crunchy, sprinkle them with butter sauce and serve. Prepare butter sauce by adding salt, garlic, paprika, chili, or tabasco sauce to melted butter. — Mmmm – Good.
I guess almost anything is tasty if you put enough butter on it. As far as I can tell, the above recipe is not a joke. And yes, I know that insects can be an important food source in areas where there aren’t many ways to ingest protein. But I wouldn’t say the Western world is included in that category.
Also, I discovered that “Cajun crickets” is not actually a food preparation style but a type of cricket:
Cajun crickets are of course specially pampered house crickets, Acheta domesticus, the “cricket on the hearth” of English literature.
(I don’t know whether to file this under “food” or not.)
[ADDENDUM: I just noticed, to my intense delight, that the recipe calls for “healthy Cajun Crickets.” As opposed to what, diseased ones? Actually, I originally believed this to be an example of an error that is a particular pet peeve of mine, the ubiquitous substitution of the word “healthy” for the more correct “healthful.” You can see what troubles it can cause. But now I see that the person is instructed to remove diseased crickets before completing the recipe. Yum.
So now I can add a “language and grammar” tag to the mix.]