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Bake Off judge Prue Leith releases gruesome video of her eating CRICKET risotto

GREAT British Bake Off judge Prue Leith has released a gruesome video of her eating a home-made bug meal.

The TV cook, 80, rustled up a creamy cricket and mushroom risotto for her YouTube channel.

She mixed a bowl of dried crickets with luxury truffle oil and mushrooms before roasting the mixture in an oven.

After filming it in her expansive kitchen, she munches on the concoction on camera, commenting: “Do you know what? It’s the most delicious mushroom porcini risotto with a bit of crunch.

“They add a crunchiness, which is delicious and very good for you.”

Prue, who has starred on Channel 4’s Bake Off for three years, is a keen backer of insect protein and has also made muffins from cricket flour.

She said: “The crickets have lots of protein. They feel very light and crunchy. We should all give up our prejudices about eating insects because half the world eats them.

“They’re very nutritious and cheap to farm so you get thousands of them in a short space of time.

“It doesn’t produce much carbon footprint and one day we’re going to have to eat them.”

She said farming bugs requires less land and water than animals and produces less ammonia.

Sainsbury’s was the first UK supermarket to sell edible insects in 2018. Other bug food includes chilli grass­hopper sauce and black ants.

South African Prue previously said her upbringing helped educate her on bugs. She said: “I think we’ll find our squeamishness is misplaced.

“In my Johannesburg childhood garden, our Xhosa maid used to catch and eat termites as they flew out of the jacaranda tree.”

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