Detectives/The Wilds/Moponi Worms

The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa-for he has so much to look forward to-Richard Mullin

Not in a million years would I have felt this way a few years ago. But having been lucky enough to go to Africa last year, I believe it now..what a continent full of surprises, adventure and beautiful people.

So what could possibly be the connection between detectives, the Wilds and moponi worms?

Well…..Africa of course!

Our fabulous Gourmet Book Club decided to read the book the #1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. Words to describe this book and the audio recording would include funny, sweet, informative, delightful. These mild-mannered mysteries just make you want to visit Botswana…and that would be where we went on safari!

In the first book, Smith mentions the delicacy of the moponi worms served with bush tea….well, I am not sure that my girls would agree, but they did try those worms while on our African adventure, as evidenced by this lovely photo of their certificate. I, on the other hand, did not come home bearing such a proof of digestion. Just couldn’t do it!! Most of the reviews of this treat? were not that positive. And my SIL does not have fond memories of his experience with these hungry little caterpillars.

But if you really want to surprise (and probably not in a good way) your family and friends, serve this recipe at your next party…

http://goafrica.about.com/od/botswana/ss/Mopane-Worm.htm

Quite a treat in Botswana

Mopanis for mo-ladies

So the Wilds? In the middle of Ohio? Well, yes there is a connection…after reading the #1 Ladies Detective Agency, our book club decided to visit this fantastic conservation center located on 10,000 acres in Cumberland, Ohio. A field trip to complement our book….well actually just a great excuse to get away, eat, drink wine, talk about the book and pretend we were in Africa!

https://thewilds.columbuszoo.org/home

What a treasure this place is….their purpose is to “advance conservation through science, education and personal experience”. With everything from luxury yurts to zip lines to safari tours, it is hard to believe you are in the middle of Ohio! You can view cheetahs, rhinos, camels, zebras, antelope, the list goes on and on. And all supervised by caring vets and animal keepers in a more natural environment than you can find in our area.

I would highly recommend a trip to this beautiful wildlife center, wonderful for families (and crazy fun ladies).

So…worms, books, excursions! What a great combination for fun….enjoy!

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Sooz and the rhinooz

 

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  • JB Woodruff
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    Thanks for sharing. Reminds me of when I ate that Mopani worm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0bVsVDfeqQ&list=UUvFMG5m4zHXxG3wWUltacFw

  • Sooz
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    Thanks JB, still one of my favorite videos…and I hadn’t even met you yet!

  • Shannon
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    Boo and I loved them. I think JB was just being dramatic in the video 🙂

    Kidding, they might be one of the grossest things I’ve ever eaten. Love your post.

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