Lion King is my all-time favorite Disney movie. It is even in my top 5 movies of all time, any genre. That said, I was not super excited to eat the food from the movie. I don’t have the strong will that Simba has to slurp down a giant grub. But Hakuna Matata! I highly recommend everyone rewatching Lion King, even if it’s only been a week since your last viewing.
We also had to do some substitutions. Eating like a lion is fairly hard to do as a human and living in the United States. But I did eat bugs…oh did I eat bugs
Zebra (it’s actually beef because Zebra meat is expensive and illegal I think)
Too bad I don’t have my own personal Scar around to bring me Zebra meat like he did the hyenas.
It is surprisingly hard to come by in the USA, and I think it is illegal too. So, I had to settle on regular ol’ beef. But I found a good Kenyan recipe called Nyama Choma.
- 1 -2 kg beef (or zebra), suitable for roasting
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 -2 lemon, juice of
- curry powder, to taste
- turmeric, to taste
- coriander, to taste, fresh finely chopped
- paprika, to taste
- salt and black pepper, to taste
- Combine the lemon juice, garlic and spices (to suit your taste) into a large glass dish and mix very well.
- Add the meat and stir to coat the meat with the marinade and allow to marinade for at least one hour.
- Preheat the oven to 450F
- Set meat on a hot pan over the stove and sear the outside. Do not cool long, maybe only 30 seconds to a minute each side.
- Transfer the meat to the oven.
- Cook the meat for 3 minutes, flip it and cook it for 3 more minutes.
- The meat should be done when it has a temp of 135F
Slimy, yet Satisfying Grub
I don’t get why Simba chose the biggest fattest bug in the pile. But I commend him for eating the bugs.
Also, I did it, I ate some bugs. I had some shipped from Thailand and I ate them just to appease all of you. Spoiler: It wasn’t slimy OR satisfying.
But to further appease all of you, I made something that is actually slimy and satisfying. Some home-made gummy worms!
- 2 pkg 3 oz raspberry jello (or other flavored)
- 2-3 oz unflavored gelatin
- 3/4 c whipping cream
- 3 c boiling water
- 1 tbs lime juice
- 4 tbs sugar (divided)
- 1 tbs lemon rind (fine) (or 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice)
- 15 drops green food coloring
- 100ish flexible straws
- 1 tall container
- Combine gelatin and 1 tbs sugar in bowl
- Add boiling water.
- Let it cool to lukewarm and then add the whipping cream, lime juice and 15 drops green food coloring.
- Flex out the straws and place them in a tall, tight container. It helps to place a rubber band around.
- Pour the gelatin mixture into the straws
- Refrigerate for 3+ hours
- Use a rolling pin to squeeze the gummy worms out, or you can try holding the straw under warm water.
- Once all worms have been taken out of the straws, place into a container.
- Mix the remaining sugar and lemon rind until they make a uniform mixture
- Sprinkle the worms
Baobab Fruit (Pomegranate)
No recipe here, but just for your info, the fruit that Rafiki has is called a Baobab fruit.
Dress in Drag and do the Hula
Luau! If you’re hungry for hunk of fat and juicy meat,
Eat my buddie Pumbaa here cuz he is a treat! A hundred dollar dine, a tasty swine,
all you gotta do is get in line. Are ya achin’?
Yup Yup Yup
For some bacon?
Yup Yup Yup
He’s a big pig, You can be a big pig too! Oy!
This may be morbid, but I actually cooked some nice Hawaiian-style pork. No regrets. It was one of, if not the best meal that I’ve made.
- 1 bone-in pork shoulder butt roast (4-5 pounds)
- 4 teaspoons liquid smoke
- 4 teaspoons soy sauce
- 2 unpeeled ripe bananas
- 1/2 cup water
- Place the roast on a 22x18-in. piece of heavy-duty foil;
- Sprinkle with liquid smoke and soy sauce.
- Wash bananas and place at the base of each side of roast.
- Pull sides of foil up round meat; add water.
- Seal foil tightly; wrap again with another large piece of foil.
- Place in a shallow baking pan; refrigerate overnight, turning several times.
- Place foil-wrapped meat in a roasting pan.
- Bake at 400° for 1 hour.
- Reduce heat to 325°; continue baking for 3-1/2 hours.
- Drain; discard bananas and liquid. Shred meat with a fork.
- Serve over rice
Will it Make you Part of the Circle of Life?
The recipes this week went all over the place. I had some of the best food and worst food and some medium food in there. I definitely don’t want to eat bugs again, but I’m sure there will come another movie with bugs. Sigh….
Nyama Choma – 7/10
Bugs – 1/10
Gummy Worms – 7/10
Hawaiian pork – 10/10