Transcript: Ep. 1 - Australia | Sep 11, 2017

Fast clips show images of an ant colony.

A caption reads "Ben Reade. Head of Culinary Research."

Ben is in his early thirties, clean-shaven and with short wavy red hair. He wears a white shirt and a black cap hat.

Ben says OUR GOAL IS TRYING
TO MAKE MORE TASTY FOOD
AVAILABLE TO MORE PEOPLE.

The caption changes to "Josh Evans. Lead Researcher."

Josh is in his late twenties, clean-shaven and with short wavy brown hair. He wears a blue and red checker shirt.

Clips show Ben and Josh looking for bugs around the world.

Ben says TO TRY AND LEARN
FROM THESE CULTURES.
THERE ARE MANY CULTURES
AROUND THE WORLD
WHERE INSECTS
ARE NOT JUST EATEN,
BUT WHERE
THEY ARE A DELICACY.

Ben tastes a dish made of bugs and says I MEAN, AS A FOOD
IT KICKS ASS, BASICALLY.

A local person opens up a piece of fruit that is full of tiny insects on the inside.

A man says OH, IT'S ALIVE.

The caption changes to "Andreas Johnsen. Filmaker."

Andreas is in his early forties, with slightly wavy light brown hair. He wears a white sweatshirt and a brown fishing hat.

He eats a bug and says WOW.

Ben says WHAT WE REALIZED IS
THAT THE TECHNIQUES
ARE WAY MORE DIVERSE THAN
WE'D POSSIBLY EVER IMAGINED.
HOW TO COOK INSECTS?
IT WOULD BE LIKE SAYING
HOW TO COOK MAMMALS,
HOW TO COOK BIRDS?
SO WE TREAT THEM
DIFFERENTLY.

Wearing aprons, Ben and Josh speak to a crowd.

Ben says HI, I'M BEN.

Josh says I'M JOSH.

Ben says NORDIC FOOD LAB
IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT,
OPEN-SOURCE FOUNDATION.

A picture shows the façade of the building with the caption "Copenhagen. Nordic Food Lab."

Ben says AND WE AIM TO
EXPLORE DELICIOUSNESS.
AND IT'S FROM THIS ANGLE
WE CAME TO THE INSECTS THING.

He tastes an insect and says OKAY.

A male’s voice says EVERYONE WILL BE BETTER OFF
IF WE EAT A FAIR AMOUNT
OF INSECTS IN OUR LIVES.

A black slate appears with the title "Bugs. Australia."

[BUZZING]

(music plays)

A caption reads "Honey Ants. Witchetty Grubs. Kanda Bush Coconuts."

Clips show big bottomed ants, white worms and tiny insects inside a coconut.

Ben enters a house and says OH, IT'S THE LIGHT.
IT'S THE LIGHT, LIKE...

He touches the light fixture and the bulb falls down.

He says WELL, THAT WAS
WELL SCREWED IN.
WE'RE IN A PLACE
CALLED YUENDUMU,
WHICH IS 300 KILOMETERS
AWAY FROM ALICE SPRINGS,
WHICH IN TURN IS
1500 KILOMETERS
AWAY FROM THE NEAREST CITY.

A map of Australia shows the location of Yuendumu.

Ben says SO, WE'RE REALLY
IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE
IN CENTRAL AUSTRALIA.

(music plays)

The caption changes to "Honey Ants."

They take a ride to the Yuendumu savannah.

Ben says CAN YOU...

A woman opens up a car trunk door for Ben and Josh to come out.

Josh says THANK YOU, AUNTY.

Ben says THANK YOU.

Josh says I HAVE NEVER REALLY BEEN
ANYWHERE SO ISOLATED.

Andreas says WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

A woman says HONEY-ANTS.

Andreas says ARE THEY EASY TO FIND?

The woman says YEAH, WE HAVE
TO SEE LOTS OF ANTS,
WORKING ANTS.

Josh says THEY'RE THE VERY
LITTLE YELLOW ONES

The caption changes to "Tess Napaljarri Ross."

Tess is in her fifties and wears a mustard yellow skirt, a black sleeveless T-shirt with a print and a hair net.

Tess says NO, BUT WHERE WE ARE NOW,
WHEN IT'S DRY-SEASON,
WE DON'T GET HONEY-ANTS,
BUT WHEN IT'S AFTER THE RAIN,
YEAH, WE KNOW
THAT IT GOT HONEY.

Ben says SO, WE NEED TO FIND JUST
LIKE ONE OR TWO LIKE THAT
AND FOLLOW IT.
THEY HARVEST TWO
DIFFERENT FLOWERS
AND THEY TAKE THE NECTAR
FROM THE FLOWERS UNDERGROUND.
THERE'S HONEY IN THIS ONE?

Josh says HOW DID YOU KNOW
THEY ARE HERE?

An elderly woman speaks in her native language.

Ben says HERE.
I'VE NEVER DUG A HOLE
WITH SUCH A SMALL SPADE.
[LAUGHS]

Josh, Ben and the elder woman digs holes in the dirt.

Wendy is in her fifties, with short graying hair and she wears a floral blouse and sunglasses over her head.

A woman says THEY FOLLOW
THE MORE RED SAND,
WHERE THE SAND IS A DARKER RED.

Josh says SO, THE DARKER
IS A GOOD SIGN?

Wendy says YES, YOU JUST HAVE TO
MAKE SURE YOU'RE GOING
IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
AT THE MOMENT.

Ben says AND HOW DEEP, WENDY?

The caption changes to "Wendy Baarda."

Wendy says DEEP SO THAT THE PERSON
IS USUALLY SITTING IN THE HOLE
WITH ONLY TOP-PART
OF THEM OUT.

Ben says SO, THIS COULD TAKE A WHILE?

Wendy says YEP.

Ben says IS THERE SOMETHING
BACK IN THE CAR,
WE CAN GET TO
MAKE THIS...

Josh says I THOUGHT I SAW
A COUPLE OF CANS.

Tess now covers her entire face with the net.

Ben says I AM QUITE JEALOUS
OF YOUR NET.

Tess says BECAUSE I GET...

Ben says INFECTION?

Tess says YEAH, INFECTION.

Josh says FROM THE FLIES?
OH, WOW.

Ben says THERE THEY ARE.

Tess sucks one of the ants and says AND THE BAG'S EMPTY.
TRY ONE, YEAH, SUCK IT.

Ben says THIS GUY'S A LITTLE
STORAGE-TANK
THAT'S FULL OF HONEY,
BUT ANYWAY I'M GONNA SUCK
ALL OF THE HONEY OUT OF HIS ASS.
OH, IT'S SO SOUR.
IT'S LIKE
A LITTLE EXPLOSION.
EXTRAORDINARY.

Josh says VERY BEAUTIFUL THING.
SO BEAUTIFUL

Ben says THE LIGHT SHINES
THROUGH IT AS WELL.

Josh says IT TASTE SORT OF LIKE
HONEY, BUT IT'S DIFFERENT,
IT'S LIKE, IT HAS
A LITTLE SOUR TASTE IN IT.
WHEN I PUT IT ON MY TONGUE
FIRST BEFORE I BURST IT,
I ONLY, I GOT
THIS LIKE SOUR...
LIKE A SZECHUANY,
LIKE A TRIGEMINAL-THING,
LIKE IT'S TINGLY AND SOUR.
IT'S STILL ALIVE.
IT WILL LIVE?

Tess says YEAH, IT WILL LIVE.

Josh says WILL THEY FILL HIM
UP WITH HONEY AGAIN?

Tess says YEAH.

Josh says I'M SORRY, LITTLE GUY,
BUT IT WAS REALLY GOOD.
I LOVE THAT THEY LIKE...
THAT THEY DON'T DIE.

Ben says ARE WE SURE THAT
ACTUALLY THEY DON'T DIE?

Josh says NO, WE'RE NOT SURE,
BUT IT'S POSSIBLE.

The caption changes to "Ruth Napaljarri Ross."

Ruth is in her seventies, with short white hair and wears a pink T-shirt.

Ben says IT'S GOOD?

Ruth nods and says LIKE SUGAR.

Wendy says THAT'S WHERE THEY LIVE
THIS LITTLE CAVE.

Ben says WHY DO THEY
MAKE THIS HONEY?

Josh says WELL, I BELIEVE THEY
MAKE IT TO STORE FOOD,
BECAUSE RAINS ARE
UNPREDICTABLE
AND IT'S REALLY DRY,
SO WHEN THERE IS FOOD...
WHEN THERE'S RAIN,
WHEN THERE'S STUFF FLOWERING,
WHEN THERE'S
NECTAR HAPPENING,
THEY GATHER AND THEN THEY
STORE IT IN THE BODY OF SOME...
THEY CALL THEM REPLETES.

Ben says IT'S ALSO WORTH MENTIONING
THAT IT'S THIS TREE,
RIGHT TO YOUR LEFT
WITH THESE LITTLE RED FLOWERS,
SO WE'RE RIGHT NEXT
TO THE PLANT,
WHERE THEY'RE GETTING
THE NECTAR FROM.

Wendy says THEY'RE SAVING IT UP FOR
WHEN THERE'S NO FLOWERS
AND MULBERRY TREES DON'T
HAVE FLOWERS EVERY YEAR.

Josh says THEY DON'T?

Wendy says NO.

Josh says SO HOW LONG DOES
THIS HONEY LAST IN THERE?

Wendy says OH, THEY MUST LAST
AT LEAST A YEAR, MAYBE TWO.

Josh says REALLY?

Wendy says THREE YEARS.

Ben says THESE FLIES ARE DRIVING
ME ABSOLUTELY CRAZY.

Wendy says WE COULD GO BACK
AND DIG SOME NARLGIRI TOO.

Josh says WHICH ARE THOSE?

Wendy says WITCHETTY GRUBS.

Josh says OH, YEAH.

Ben says YEAH, LET'S TRY AND FIND
SOME WITCHETTY GRUBS.
LOT OF WORK,
LOT OF BIG HOLES TO DIG
FOR A FEW LITTLE ANTS,
BUT YOU KNOW, IF YOU'RE
CHILLIN' IN THE BUSH,
HANGIN' WITH THE CROW BARS,
YOU KNOW.
WITH THE HOME GIRLS.
YEAH, YOU GOTTA
GET IN THERE.

Josh says WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

Ben says WE'RE EATING VERY,
VERY SWEET BERRIES.
[UNCLEAR]

Ben points at Ruth and says IT'S LIKE, IT'S LIKE,
SHE WANTS THE BLACKBERRIES,
WE WANT
THE WITCHETTY GRUBS.
[LAUGHS]

Ben grabs a bone and says I WONDER WHAT
THIS IS FROM?

Tess says THEY'RE FROM THERE -
DEAD BULL.

Ben says AH, IT'S A BULL.
LOOKS LIKE A BONE
SHOULD LOOK LIKE.
GREAT WAY
OF GETTING A WIFE.

He makes a whiplash move with the bone and says THIS IS MY NEW
PULLING STRATEGY.
IT'S INTERESTING WHEN YOU THINK
ABOUT CULINARY CONTEXT,
FOR MOST OF THESE THINGS,
THE MOST IMPORTANT
CULINARY CONTEXT
IS THAT YOU'RE IN
ITS ENVIRONMENT.
YOU DON'T NECESSARILY
EAT A CARROT IN THE ENVIRONMENT
WHERE A CARROT GROWS,
BUT ALL THE INSECTS
THAT WE'RE TASTING,
WE MOSTLY EAT
THEM ON SITU.

Josh says INSTEAD OF TRYING TO
COLLECT THEM AND...

Ben says COLLECTING THEM AND ELABORATING
THEM AND ALL OF THAT.
WHEN YOU COME FROM LIKE
A RESTAURANT CONTEXT

Josh says YEAH, DO YOU THINK THIS
CONCEPT OF ELABORATION
IS NOT NECESSARILY...

Ben says THE MOST USEFUL?

Josh says NOT ALWAYS, NO.

Ruth says HONEY ANTS,
WITCHETTY GRUBS
AND OTHER BUSH FOOD
THAT WE EAT...
THEY'VE GOT
DIFFERENT SONGS.
AND THEY DANCE FOR IT.
SIX MONTHS LATER
OR MAYBE A LATER YEAR
WE CAN GET THAT FOOD.
JUST LIKE THAT.
AFTER THE RAIN.

Josh says AFTER THE RAIN?

Ruth says YEAH, AFTER THE RAIN.

Josh says BUT PEOPLE DON'T DANCE
AND SING ANYMORE?

Ruth says NO.
I DON'T KNOW WHAT WILL
HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE.
YOU KNOW THE GOVERNMENT
IS CHANGING ALL THE TIME.
A NEW PRESIDENT COMES IN
AND CHANGES ALL THE PROGRAMS.
WE NEED BILINGUAL PROGRAM
IN OUR SCHOOL.
WE DON'T SPEAK ENGLISH.
THAT'S NOT OUR LANGUAGE.
OUR LANGUAGE IS WARLPIRI.
THEY'RE TRYING
TO TAKE OUR CULTURE,
CULTURE AND LANGUAGE
AND EVERYTHING AWAY FROM US.
WHICH IS REALLY
SAD FOR US.

Ben says WE'RE BEING TOLD
TO HANG BACK
CAREFUL.

Ruth says BE CAREFUL,
A SNAKE IS COMING.
I'VE NEVER EATEN
ONE OF THOSE.

Josh says YOU HAVE NEVER EATEN ONE?
OKAY.

Ruth says NO, NOT FOR ME.

Josh says WHY? YOU DON'T LIKE IT?

Ruth says I DON'T LIKE IT.

The caption changes to "Janelle Napurrula."

Janelle is in her forties, with long wavy brown hair and she wears a blue T-shirt.

[SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

In the car, Janelle says SHE'S SAYING SHE THINKS
WE CAN GO SOUTH,
BUT SHE IS SAYING,
NO I'M NOT GOING THAT WAY,
I WANNA GO WEST INSTEAD.

Josh says WHY?

Janelle says A COUPLE OF MONTHS
AGO THEY SAID,
THEY'VE SEEN A BIG FOOT.

Josh says A BIG FOOT?
IT'S LIKE A BIG
HUMANOID-LIKE CREATURE.

Ben says HAVE YOU SEEN ONE?

Janelle says NO, I HAVEN'T.
JUST HEARD
STORIES ABOUT IT.

A picture of a white worm-like insect appears with the caption "Witchetty Grubs.

A woman says WE'RE GOING
TO MISSION CREEK.

Ben says MISSION CREEK?

The woman says YEAH

Ben says OKAY, SO WE'RE GOING
TO MISSION CREEK
TO FIND SOME
WITCHETTY GRUBS.
HOW MANY ARE WE
GOING TO FIND?
LIKE THIS MANY?
THIS MANY?

He starts spreading his hands apart.

Out of the car, Ben says WE GOT THE BOSSES HERE.
THIS IS BRILLIANT.
AH, SO SOMEONE
HAS ALREADY TAKEN
ALL THE WITCHETTY
GRUBS FROM HERE?

They kneel down next to a tree.

Ben says WE'RE DIGGING HERE,
WE'RE JUST STARTING TO EXPOSE
SOME OF THE ROOTS
OF THE TREE,
AND THIS IS THE SPECIAL TREE
THAT THE WITCHETTY GRUB
ALWAYS GROWS UNDER.
DIGGING LIKE A TROJAN.
WHAT CAN I SAY?

The caption changes to "Liddy Napananga Walker."

Liddy is in her seventies and wears black Bermuda shorts, a black and white print blouse and a hair net.

Liddy says CUT THEM THERE.

Ben says CUT THIS ONE?

Liddy says YEAH.

Ben shows her a piece of tree root.

Liddy says NO GOOD.
NO GOOD.

Josh put a finger along the curve of the root bark and says YOU CAN SEE HOW BIG
IT WAS, LIKE THAT.
IT'S LIKE LYING THERE.
YOU KNOW, TURNING INTO A MOTH
AND THEN FLYING AWAY.

Ben says OH, YEAH, IT LOOKS
LIKE A GOOD ONE.

Liddy says YEAH!

Ben says YEAH?

Ben says LYDIA FOUND ONE.
LYDIA IS THE BOSS.
NO ONE EVER HAD ANY DOUBT.

Josh takes pictures of the grub.

Josh says SO, HOW DO WE GET IT OUT?
JUST PULL IT?

Ben says YOU JUST YANK IT.
THERE HE IS.
THAT'S WITCHETTY
GRUB NUMBER ONE.

He sniffs it and says EARTHY.
YOU CAN SMELL THE SOIL,
BUT THE SMELL FROM
THE SOIL IS EVERYWHERE,
I MEAN IT'S...
THIS ONE?
OH, LIDY

Josh says YEAH, YOUR SECOND ONE.

Ben says OH, THERE'S ANOTHER ONE.
THEY JUST FOUND ANOTHER.
HOLY MACARONI,
THAT'S A MONSTER.

Josh says OH, HE'S POOPING.
HAVING A LITTLE CRAP.
THANK YOU.

Ben says THAT'S GOOD,
IT'S CLEANING HIMSELF UP.

Josh says HE IS SELF-PURGING.
HOW DOES THE POO SMELL?
I CAN'T REALLY SMELL IT.
IT JUST SMELLS
LIKE DUST AND DIRT,
WHICH IS A GOOD SMELL.

Ben says OH, THAT'S MUCH STRONGER.
WHEN I HAD ONE IN MY HAND,
I COULDN'T SMELL IT.
IT JUST BRINGS
BACK TO ME LIKE,
AN INCREDIBLE SENSE OF BEING
AT THE BOTANICAL GARDENS
IN EDINBURGH,
LIKE IN THE GREENHOUSES.
AS A CHILD?
AS A CHILD, YEAH.
WHAT DO YOU THINK
IT SMELLS LIKE?

The caption changes to "Cosmo."

Cosmo is a girl of around 11 with shoulder length straight brown hair and wears red shorts, a pink tank top and a brown hat.

She says YUCK!

Ben says YEAH, DOES IT
JUST SMELL YUCKY?

Cosmo says YEAH, I WOULDN'T EAT IT.
I WOULD EAT KANGAROOS.

Ben says YOU WOULD EAT KANGAROO,
BUT YOU WOULDN'T
EAT ONE OF THESE.
SO, WHAT I'M TRYING
TO UNDERSTAND,
IS WHAT IT IS ABOUT
THESE THINGS,
'CAUSE YOU WOULD EAT
A SWEETIE,
THAT'S THE SAME
SHAPE, RIGHT?

Cosmo says I WOULD EAT A SOUR-WORM.

Ben says YOU WOULD EAT
A SOUR-WORM, RIGHT?
SO WHY WOULD YOU
EAT A SOUR-WORM,
BUT YOU WOULDN'T
EAT ONE OF THESE?

Cosmo says BECAUSE THEY'RE YUMMY.

Ben says BUT YOU HAVEN'T TRIED THESE.
MAYBE THESE ARE YUMMY TOO.

Cosmo says I'M NOT GONNA
TAKE THE RISK.

Ben says YOU'RE NOT GONNA
TAKE THE RISK?
[SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

Ben says OH, WHAT DID I FIND?
I DON'T KNOW IF I JUST FOUND
THE MOST
PATHETICALLY SMALL
ONE EVER IN HISTORY.
THIS IS MY
PROUDEST MOMENT.
I DECIDED TO DIG IT ALONE,
AND THIS IS WHAT
I'VE COME ACROSS.

Josh says SHOULD WE SQUEEZE
SOME OUT AND TRY IT?

Ben says YEAH.
IT'S NOT SO MUCH TOOTHPASTE
TUBE AS YOU'D EXPECTED.
IT TASTE LIKE
A SOFTLY BOILED EGG.

Josh says BY THIS POINT IT'S COVERED
IN DIRT FROM MY HAND,
SO IT TASTES LIKE
AUSTRALIAN DIRT,
WHICH DOESN'T
TASTE BAD, BUT...

The caption changes to "Coral Kelake."

Coral is in her sixties and wears a colourful animal print T-shirt and a black hat.

Ben says IS IT A WITCHETTY?
OOOHH!
AND THIS IS NUMBER FOUR,
WHICH MEANS WE HAVE
ONE FOR THE SAMPLE.
IF WE CAN, BECAUSE
IT'S A GASTRONOMIC RESEARCH,
THEN WE ALWAYS
TRY AND EAT THEM.
THEN IF WE HAVE ONE EXTRA,
THEN WE ALWAYS TRY
TO TAKE ONE HOME.

The caption changes to "Michael Watts."

Michael is in his fifties, with short gray hair and wears a sleeveless checker blue shirt and a hat.

He says THAT'S JUST LIKE SMUGGLING
THEM HOME OR SOMETHING?

Ben says YEAH, BASICALLY.
WE'RE PRETTY EXPERIENCED
SMUGGLERS BY THIS POINT.
WE DON'T KNOW IF IT'S
A WITCHETTY GRUB,
BUT THEN WE GOT THIS ONE.

Liddy says WITCHETTY GRUB!

Ben says BUT IT'S DIFFERENT.

Liddy says NO.

Ben says YES, LOOK AT IT.
IT'S DIFFERENT.
IT'S JUST LIKE AN APPLE,
LIKE A GREEN APPLE
AND A RED APPLE.
NALGERI, NALGERI.

Liddy says NALGERI, NALGERI,
NALGERI, NALGERI, NALGERI.

The caption changes to "Cheryl Walker."

Cheryl is in her forties, with shoulder-length curly brown hair with highlights in a low ponytail. She wears jeans and a brown and yellow T-shirt.

Ben says DO YOU KNOW
HOW OLD SHE IS?

Cheryl says I DON'T KNOW.
SHE'S A GREAT,
GREAT GRANDMOTHER.

Ben says GREAT, GREAT?
FOUR GENERATIONS
BELOW HER?
WOW, OKAY.

Ben holds the four grubs and says THIS ONE?
DO YOU THINK THE SMALLEST?

Josh says WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Ben says I THINK IT'S NICE
TO HAVE A GOOD SPECIMEN.

Josh says SO, SHOULD WE
GET THE BIGGEST ONE?

Ben says NO, WE GOTTA EAT THAT ONE.
OKAY, SO WE'RE GONNA COMPROMISE
AND GO WITH THAT GUY...
THE MEDIUM JOB.
THERE YOU GO, LITTLE GUY.

He puts one in a small sample jar full of alcohol.

Josh says OH, LOOK AT IT RIVE.
IT DOESN'T LIKE
IT THAT MUCH.

Ben says SORRY, LITTLE GUY.

Josh says I DON'T KNOW WHO'S
THE LUCKY ONE THOUGH -
DEATH BY FIRE OR ALCOHOL?

Ben says ALCOHOL. DEFINITELY.
IT'S TOO COMPLICATED
TO TRY AND DO
A HONEY-AND-SOY-SAUCE-MARINADE,
WHICH I HAVE.
I HAVE HONEY
AND SOY SAUCE AND CHILI.
SHOULD I DO IT?

A man says OF COURSE.

Josh says WITH THE BIG ONE.

Ben says WITH THE BIG ONE?
WE JUST PUT THESE
TWO IN HERE?

They put the grubs on a fire.

Josh takes pictures.

Ben says IT'S COMING OUT.
IT'S ESCAPING.
YOU TELL ME - I GO?
YES, OKAY.
THERE'S ONE,
THERE'S THE OTHER.

Cheryl says CAN I FEEL IT?

Josh says YEAH.

A man says IS IT READY?

Ben says IT STILL SMELLS
LIKE THE GREENHOUSES.
CRUNCHY.
IT'S A MILD FLAVOUR.
IT'S CREAMY INSIDE.
IT'S NUTTY,
IT'S SUPER-NUTTY,
LIKE
A MACADAMIA-KIND-OF-VIBE.
I'M LOOKING FORWARD
TO EATING THE BIG ONE
AND I'M JUST GONNA THINK
ABOUT MARINATING IT NOW...

Josh eats one and says IT REMINDS ME OF,
WHEN YOU CONFIT GARLIC
FOR A REALLY LONG TIME
AND IT DOESN'T TASTE
LIKE GARLIC AT ALL
AND IT'S LIKE A LITTLE BIT SWEET
AND CREAMY TEXTURE
AND REALLY ROUND.
IT TASTES...
OH, WHAT'S THAT SAUCE?
ROMESCO SAUCE,
LIKE WITH...
IT'S LIKE ROASTED RED
PEPPERS AND GARLIC
AND NUTS POUNDED TOGETHER.

Ben says SAY WHAT?
I'VE GOT A KANGAROO'S TAIL.

Ben jumps like a kangaroo holding the tail behind him.

Ben says HOW ARE WE GOING
TO COOK IT?

Cheryl throws it directly in the fire.

Michael says LIKE THAT.

Ben says BANGING!

Michael says THAT'S THE WAY TO COOK IT.

Ben says OW OFTEN DO YOU
EAT A KANGAROO TAIL?

Michael says EVERY TIME.

Ben says AND HOW BIG IS A KANGAROO
TO HAVE A TAIL LIKE THIS?

Michael marks his own height with his hand.

Ben puts his hand at shoulder height and says LIKE THIS BIG?

Cheryl says YEAH.

Michael says THEY CAN EYEBALL YOU.

Ben says YEAH,
AND THEN BOX YOU.

Ben eats a piece of the kangaroo tail and says JUST LIKE THIS?

Cheryl says YEAH.
YEAH, GOOD ONE.
GOOD ONE.

Ben says OH. MMMM.
OH, IT'S SUPER GELATINOUS,
IT'S LIKE A PIG'S FOOT.

Cheryl says WE GOT TO WALK ABOUT.

Ben says WE GOT TO WALK ABOUT?

Cheryl says YEAH.

Ben says LET'S DO IT.
IS THE FIRE OKAY, LIKE THIS?
IT'S NOT
THE ABORIGINAL WAY, BUT...

He puts off the fire with water.

Andreas says HOW LONG WOULD
WE SURVIVE OUT HERE, JOSH,
IF WE GOT LOST?

Josh says IN GENERAL, IF WE'RE LUCKY
AND DON'T GET EATEN BY ANYTHING,
I'D SAY, WE CAN PROBABLY SURVIVE
TO THE END OF TOMORROW.
MAYBE.

(music plays)

Josh looks at a Yuendumucec sign with a giant honey ant. Below it appears a blackboard with honey ants painted all around.

He says THEY'RE HONEY-ANTS.
I DIDN'T REALLY NOTICE
THEM AND THEN
I WAS JUST SORT OF
STARRING AT THEM ABSENTLY
AND THEN...
THE SHAPE IS THE SAME.
IT SEEMS LIKE, IT'S LIKE AN ICON
OR SOMETHING FOR THE TOWN.

Ben says THEY'RE LIKE
AN ABSOLUTE...

Ben says OH, THEY'RE ALL
HONEY-ANTS ALL AROUND.
NOW, WHAT WAY IS HOME?

Josh says I HAVE A FEELING THAT IT'S THIS,
AND THEN THAT WAY.

Ben says I THINK IT'S OVER THERE.
I THINK IT IS THIS WAY.

(music plays)

At home, Ben opens the fridge and says RIGHT, LET'S GET THIS
LITTLE BAD BOY ON THE GO.
IT'S GOT A FUNNY,
LIKE HYDROPHOBICITY,
LIKE IT'S...
IT DOESN'T LIKE WATER,
YOU SEE THE WAY
THE WATER RUNS OFF IT?
SO, THIS HAS BEEN
MARINATING OVERNIGHT,
WE'VE GOT SOME
DANISH BUTTER,
WE'VE GOT A MASSIVE PAN
FOR A MASSIVE GRUB,
ALTHOUGH IT SEEMS
SLIGHTLY DIS-PROPIONATE.
IT'S A FLAVOR-EXPERIMENT.
WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS.
I THINK WE SHOULD BE
SPONSORED BY LURPAK.

Andreas says ACTUALLY, THEY
MIGHT GET BEHIND IT;

Ben says NORDIC FOOD LAB
TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD,
COOKING WITH
INSECTS AND LURPAK.

Andreas says SO WHAT DO
YOU EXPECT FROM THIS ONE
SOAKED IN SOYA
AND HONEY?

Ben says I DON'T KNOW.
I THINK THESE FLAVORS
COULD WORK QUITE
SYNERGISTICALLY, ACTUALLY.
LOOK AT THE WAY IT'S EXPANDING.
IT IS GETTING ENORMOUS.
I WONDER IF THEY POP.

He pours the marinade liquid over the grub.

Ben says I'M JUST AMAZED THE WAY
THAT NONE OF THIS
WILL STICK TO IT -

Josh says EVEN WHEN IT'S COOKED.

Ben says YEAH, EVEN WHEN THIS SHIT
IS SUPER-STICKY.

Josh takes pictures of the finished dish.

Ben sprinkles some salt on it and says I'M JUST GOING
TINY, TINY, TINY...
FAIRLY LIMITED RESOURCE
KIND OF COOKING
I DO LIKE THE WAY THEY LOOK,
WHEN THEY ARE CHOPPED UP,
ACTUALLY,

Josh says LIKE TRIPLE-SHEBANG-POPCORN.
I THINK,
NOW THAT IT'S COOKED,
IT REMINDS ME MOST
OF LIKE A CHEESE.

Ben says THERE'S ALMOST LIKE THIS
TONGUE-DRYING ELEMENT
TO IT, ISN'T IT?
OVER-ROASTED CHICKEN.
MY CONCLUSION IS, THAT THEY
WERE WHOLLY UNREMARKABLE.
IT'S LIKE REALLY
DIFFICULT TO FIND
AND DOESN'T TASTE VERY GOOD.

Andreas says YOU KNOW IF IT'S HEALTHY?

Josh says I'VE READ PEOPLE COULD BE
NOURISHED FOR A DAY
BY EATING, I DON'T KNOW,
SEVEN TO TEN OF THEM.

Ben says WITCHETTY BREAKFAST.
LET'S GO FIND
SOME "KANDA."

The caption changes to "Kanda Bush Coconuts."

(music plays)

Ben says I JUST FOUND ESTHER
ON THE STREET.

Josh says ESTHER, DID YOU FIND IT?
BUSH COCONUT -
WHAT A LEGEND.
WHERE DID YOU
FIND IT, ESTHER?

The caption changes to "Esther Nungarai fry."

Esther is in her seventies and she wears a floral skirt, a print blue and white shirt and a black hat.

Esther says HERE - IN A LITTLE TREE

Ben says HOW DO WE OPEN IT?

Esther says OPEN IT.

Ben says JUST LIKE THIS?

Ben grabs a small hatch and hits the rock-looking coconut.

SO, WHAT'S THAT?
YOU CAN EAT IT.
THIS?
THE YELLOW THING?

Ben tries the slimy yellow inside of the coconut.

Josh says IS THAT THE BUG?

Ben says THIS IS REALLY
GOOD FLAVOR, HUH?

Josh says NOW I FEEL LIKE,
THIS IS PROBABLY A FRUIT
AND THEN SOMETIMES
THERE WILL BE A BUG
THAT WOULD BE LIKE
IN IT OR SOMETHING.

Ben says NO, I THINK THERE
WAS A BUG IN THERE.

Josh says HOW...
WE DON'T KNOW.

Ben says I THINK THERE WAS.

Josh says WHY?

Ben says CAUSE THE OTHER

Josh says ONE WAS SQUISHY?

Ben says NO, BECAUSE THERE WAS LITTLE
WHITE WORMY JOBS IN THERE.
AND NO ONE
SEEMS VERY CLEAR
IF IT'S THE FRUIT OF
THE TREE OR AN INFECTION.
[DOGS BARKING]
WE'RE ON THE STREET
WITH ALL THE MAD DOGS.

Josh says THIS IS INSANE.

Andreas says IT'S LIKE, WHAT THE FUCK,
YOU HAVE NO CLUE
WHAT IS GOING ON
AND THEY THINK WE'RE CRAZY.

Ben says DO THEY THINK THAT WE'RE CRAZY
THEY MUST DO.

Andreas says LET'S GO FIND MORE.
NOW WE KNOW WHAT
THEY LOOK LIKE.

(music plays)

Up on a tree, Josh says THEY'RE ALL
IN VARIOUS STAGES OF OLD.

Ben says THEY DO REALLY LOOK
LIKE GROGS, DON'T THEY?
THEY DON'T LOOK
LIKE FRUITS.

Andreas says NO, THEY LOOK LIKE
TUMORS ON THE BRANCH.

Josh almost falls from the tree and says I'M GOOD.

He climbs down the tree and says NOT SO GRACEFUL, BUT...

(music plays)

He climbs over Ben’s shoulders and take a picture.

Ben says IF I WAS A NINE-YEAR
OLD BOY AND HAD A STICK
AND THERE WAS THAT
NEST I WOULD...
[LAUGHS]

Andreas says IT LOOKS TERRIFYING.

Ben says SO, THAT GOT INFECTED
AND TURNED INTO THIS?
IT'S COOL.
THEN THE OTHER THING THAT
I THINK IS WORTH MENTIONING,
IS THAT A LOT OF THE LOCAL
PEOPLE HERE,
THEY'D SAY LIKE,
IF YOU'D SAY WE'RE
LOOKING FOR INSECTS
AND THEN THEY'D SAY
WE DON'T EAT INSECTS
AND THEN YOU'D SAY WELL,
DO YOU EAT HONEY-ANTS
AND THEY'D SAY YES.
DO YOU EAT WITCHETTY GRUBS
AND THEY'D SAY YES,
AND THAT IN THEIR HEAD IS LIKE
KIND OF BUSH TUCKER, RIGHT?
SO, IT KIND OF FITS INTO
THE CATEGORY OF BUSH TUCKER
RATHER THAN INSECTS.
AN INSECT IS MORE
LIKE A SCORPION,
SOME,
YOU KNOW, FLIES,
SOME LIKE
IRRITATING THING.
AN INSECT HAS
A NEGATIVE CONNOTATION.
SO, THE CATEGORIZATION OF THINGS
IS REALLY, REALLY DIFFERENT.

Josh says I'M GLAD WE GOT TO CLIMB A TREE,
BECAUSE NOW I FEEL DIRTY.

Ben says I FEEL REALLY DIRTY.

Josh says DIDN'T GET DIRTY ENOUGH.

Ben says I FEEL REALLY DIRTY
AND I CERTAINLY
HAVEN'T CLIMBED A TREE.

Back home, they try to hatch the coconuts open.

Josh says MAYBE WE SHOULD
DO IT ON THE...

Ben says SO, THE OTHER STUFF
RAN AWAY EVERYWHERE.

Josh says OH, IT SMELLS
SO DIFFERENT.

Ben says YEAH, IT'S REALLY
DIFFERENT STUFF.

Josh takes pictures of it and tastes it.

Ben says BUT I AM THINKING
ABOUT HAVING A KNIFE,
BUT I AM QUITE
ENJOYING THE AXE.

He opens the coconut and says DID I KILL IT?

Josh says I GUESS.

Ben says IT'S FUCKING DIFFICULT.
THAT ONE DOESN'T
HAVE ANYTHING.
I DON'T KNOW WHY THIS ONE
IS NOT HOLLOW AT ALL.

Ben says WELL, THERE
ARE SOME PEOPLE
THAT HAVE TESTES THAT
DON'T WORK, YOU KNOW.
OH YES, I THINK I FOUND
THE WAY TO DO IT.
I THINK THERE'S
SOMETHING STONE FRUITY
ABOUT THE FLAVOR
ALMOND?

Josh says LIKE FRESH ALMOND.

Ben says YEAH.
LIKE GREEN ALMOND.
QUITE FRANKLY, I THINK
THAT FLAVOR THAT'S...
THAT'S SOMETHING.

Josh says SO, IT LOOKS LIKE WE FOUND SOME
THAT ARE TOO YOUNG AND TOO OLD.

(music plays)

Josh holds a box and says WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
WELL, WE HAVE
A BOX FULL OF KANDA,
WHICH ARE THESE
BUSH COCONUTS
THAT WENDY AND FRANK
BROUGHT OVER TO US LAST NIGHT,
AFTER BEN AND I HAD
ALREADY GONE TO BED.
AND WE'RE GONNA HAVE
RAHAB AND FRIENDS
SHOW US HOW TO OPEN THEM
AND HOW TO EAT THEM...

Josh says HOW ARE YOU TODAY?

A boy in a Spiderman T-shirt says I'M SPIDERMAN, LOOK.

Ben says POW.
WENDY AND FRANK,
THEY ARRIVED AT LIKE MIDNIGHT
WITH ALL OF THESE KANDA.
PERHAPS YOU WOULD
BE ABLE TO SHOW US
WHICH KANDA
IS GOOD KANDA,
WHICH ARE THE DIFFERENT
TYPES OF KANDA -
EVERYTHING ABOUT THEM.

The caption changes to "Rahab Spencer."

Rahab is in her fifties and wears a print skirt, a coral tank top and a coral bandana.

Rahab says THIS ONE.

Ben says IS THAT A GOOD KANDA?
HOW DO YOU KNOW
THIS IS A GOOD ONE?

Rahab says BECAUSE IT'S
GOT EYES IN IT.

Ben says IT'S GOT LITTLE EYES.
THE LITTLE BLACK SHINY
BIT IN THE MIDDLE?

Rahab opens the coconut.

Ben says WHOA!

Rahab says THIS IS THE BEST ONE.
NOW THIS...

A woman says DON'T LET THAT
THING GO FLY AWAY.

Ben says WHICH THING? THIS?

Rahab says WE USED TO LIKE TO EAT THIS
AND WE'D JUST GO LIKE THIS.

Andreas says ALL AT ONCE LIKE THAT?

Ben says HAVE YOU SEEN THE WAY
IT'S MOVING?

Andreas says WHY IS IT MOVING?

Ben says BECAUSE IT'S ALIVE, 'CAUSE
IT'S HUNDREDS OF LITTLE INSECTS.

Rahab says YEAH, EAT IT -

A woman says IT'S LIKE A BUSH MEDICINE

Ben eats the insects and says IT'S LIKE...
IT'S A REALLY UNIQUE FLAVOR.
REALLY, REALLY UNIQUE.
AND A LITTLE BIT OF PEPPERINESS
IN THE BACK OF MY THROAT.
IT'S DAMN TASTY.
IT'S REALLY, REALLY DAMN TASTY.

Rahab bangs a coconut with the back of the axe.

Josh says OKAY, IT'S COMING OUT.

Rahab says YEAH, THIS ONE, LOOK.
OH, NICE ONE,
GREAT COLOR.
IT'S BEAUTIFUL.

The centre of the coconut is a soft reddish colour.

Josh says SO THESE ONES ARE STUCK
TO THE INSIDE.

Josh eats the insects and says TASTES REALLY GOOD

As Josh gets ready to shoot the coconut, the boy kicks it.

[ALL GROAN]
[SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

Ben says I CAN'T NAIL THAT FLAVOR.
I'M CANNOT IDENTIFY IT.

Josh says IT'S TRUFFLELY?

Ben says IT'S DEFINITELY
TRUFFLELY ACTUALLY.

Josh says MUSHROOMY. RAW MUSHROOMS.

Ben says RAW MUSHROOMS.

A woman opens another one full of insects inside.

Andreas says OH, IT'S ALIVE.

Rahab says IT'S ALIVE.

Josh says EVERYONE THAT WE'VE
OPENED HAS BEEN DIFFERENT.
THAT'S SO BEAUTIFUL

Andreas says IT'S FULL OF FLIES AND IT HAS
THE LARVAE UNDERNEATH THE FLIES.
IT TASTES GOOD.

Rahab says CAREFUL.
[UNCLEAR]

Josh says IT SEEMS LIKE
THE YELLOW THING
IS THE ORIGINAL
FEMALE OF THE COCKET,
WHICH IS LIKE
SOME TYPE OF WASP.
THAT BURROWS INTO
THE BRANCH
AND CAUSES THIS
TUMOR'S GROWTH
AND THEN ALL THESE
OTHER LITTLE GUYS
ARE ALL OF HER EGGS,
I GUESS.
AND THEN ONCE THEY START
TO HATCH THEY EAT HER,
SO SHE LAYS ALL THESE
LITTLE FEMALES FIRST
AND THEN IT SOUNDS LIKE,
SHE LAYS A FEW MALES
WHO THEN FLIES TO ANOTHER TREE.
AND THEN DIES AND THEN
THE NEXT GENERATION OF FEMALES
BURROW INTO THE TREE
AND THEN FORM MORE OF THESE.
APPARENTLY...

Ben says I THINK, ACTUALLY PEOPLE
COULD BE PERCEIVING
ALL THESE DIFFERENT THINGS
AS DIFFERENT SPECIES,
WHEN ACTUALLY THEY'RE JUST
DIFFERENT DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES.
A BIT LIKE A CATERPILLAR
TURNING INTO A BUTTERFLY.
AND I LOVE THE FACT,
THAT YESTERDAY WE WERE
TASTING THESE THINGS
AND DIDN'T HAVE A CLUE
THAT WE WERE EATING INSECTS.

Josh opens and empty coconut and says OH!
NOTHING.
THAT'S COMPLETELY EMPTY.

Rahab says SAY LOWAR.

Josh says LOWAR,
THAT MEANS NO, RIGHT?
THERE'S A WORM
IN THIS ONE.
IT LOOKS LIKE THIS ONE
IS DEAD AND OLD AND ROTTEN
AND THEN THERE'S
SOMETHING ELSE UNRELATED.

Ben says ONE LAST ONE FOR JUST NOW.
I'M EXPECTING THIS
TO BE FULL OF FLIES.
OH YES,
IT'S FULL OF FLIES.
WOW.
[SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

Rahab says LOOK IN THE CAMERA.

The little boy looks at the camera.

Ben sees a Wu-Tang clan logo carved on the floor and says WHO'S THE WU-TANG FAN?
YO JUNIOR!
SOMEONE'S A WU-TANG FAN.
COME ON, LET'S GET A PHOTO
OF US THREE - US THREE.

He hugs the boy and a little girl and says COME ON!

They say CHEESE

(music plays)

Ben says THANK YOU!

The kids wave.

Josh says BYE!

Ben says I REALLY FEEL LIKE THEY
JUST ALL EMBRACE YOU
WITH COMPLETELY OPEN
ARMS, DON'T THEY?

Josh says YEAH.

Ben says THEY'RE REALLY
FRIENDLY FOLK.

Josh says BUSH-COCONUTS.
I HADN'T HEARD ANYTHING
ABOUT THAT, EVER.
I MEAN, HONEY-ANTS WERE
JUST OUTRIGHT DELICIOUS,
BUT THE BUSH-COCONUTS
WERE JUST...
THEY WERE REMARKABLY
DELICIOUS.

(music plays)

Clips from the show play as the end credits roll.

(music plays)

Producer, Sigrid Dyekjjer, PGA.

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Watch: Ep. 1 - Australia