Saturday mornings, bacon and eggs and the Weekend FT.
I was drinking my first cup of Assam and started to read all about hormigas culonas an approximate translation is ‘big-ass ants’.
Mauricio Rodríguez Múnera, the Colombian Ambassador to the UK enjoys home grown delicacies such as the Atta laevigata, an exotic leaf-cutter ant. He was kind enough to share his passion with the FT and detail the entire process. A delicate foodstuff high in protein, low in cholesterol, that has to be a first? The volunteer for the FT, Angela Palmer (who is hosting a rainforest banquet it seems) took us through the tasting process. With the scent of bacon wafting around my kitchen, these Ants sound very good.
This got me thinking about our own ants. We’ve never lived near a jungle, nor in such exotic climes as Colombia yet we created ‘jungle ant’ cufflinks. Inspired by the Natural History museum which is a favourite destination. Our ants are mainly to wear on a sleeve rather than eat. They still create conversations and even inspire women to shriek.
After my second cup of Assam I decided to ennoble our ‘jungle ant’ which sounded far too humble. So that was that. Our Jungle Ant will now be known as the Big Ass Ant or Hormigas Culonas if you prefer.