Baloo is one of the greatest Disney characters in my opinion. He’s just so chill. And boy, he knows how to eat. Almost all of the food mentioned in the movie comes from one song, Bare Necessities. There isn’t really a recipe, just lots of different fruits. So I did some fun things with them.
Bare Necessity Fruit Salad
I put all of the food mentioned and shown into one fruit salad.
They actually blended well. One thing I found out is that a Pawpaw is actually another word for papaya. One sad thing, I wasn’t able to find a prickly pear. I went to 5 different places and couldn’t find any. 🙁 Instead I used an Asian Pear, because Jungle Book takes place in India, India is in Asia, same thing right?
Bare Necessity Fruit Salad
|2||prickly pears sliced (cactus pears)|
|1||coconut with water|
|1-2 tablespoon||lemon juice|
- Cut all fruit except coconut and put in a bowl
- Sprinkle with lemon juice.
- Crack the coconut, sprinkle coconut water over fruit.
- With a spoon, scrape some coconut shavings and place on top (to your liking).
- Chill 1-2 hrs before serving.
I had to use it all for something. I made some Filipino Adobo chicken the same night I was making the fruit salad, so I decided to make a sauce to go with the chicken. So I found a base for a sweet fruit bbq sauce and altered it to make Pawpaw BBQ sauce. Its a great blend of sweet and spicy!
|1 tablespoon||vegetable oil|
|1||sweet onion finely diced|
|1 1/2 teaspoons||crushed red pepper|
|1/2 teaspoon||chili powder|
|1/2 cup||lemon juice|
|1/2 cup||seasoned rice vinegar|
|5 cups||large, diced papayas|
|2 teaspoons||kosher salt|
- Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat, and add in the onion.
- Cook, until the onions are translucent, stirring continuously to ensure the pieces do not brown.
- Sprinkle the sugar, peppers, chili powder, and lemon juice over the onions, and stir until the sugar dissolves.
- Pour in the rum, water, and vinegar.
- Bring the ingredients to a boil.
- Add in the diced papaya, and adjust the seasonings with the salt, if desired.
- Bring the mixture to a boil again, reduce the heat to med-low and simmer covered for 45 minutes.
- Take the pan off the heat, and let the mixture cool slightly.
- Mash with potato masher for a courser sauce or transfer the mixture to a blender, and puree the sauce until smooth.
- Transfer the BBQ sauce to a bowl, and set aside until ready to serve.
You Eat Ants?
During Bare Necessities, Baloo talks about eating ants and tell Mowgli that he’ll love the way they tickle.
And yes, despite the disappointment from last week, this week I actually ate a bug. I ate a few ants that I found crawling on the sidewalk. I was going to try and get more, but birds kept on eating the ant food I laid out!
Here’s the proof.
The fruit salad was alright. I actually found out I don’t really love pawpaw. Its ok, but not great. Maybe the papaya I got wasn’t the best. I know the large one wasn’t super ripe, but the small one I got was ripe enough. I LOVED the bbq sauce though. It was DELICIOUS. And the ants, well in such low quantity, they didn’t have much of a taste, but they were slightly tart.
Fruit Salad – 6.5/10
BBQ sauce – 9.5/10
Ants – meh, alright/10