Tomorrow is March the 15th, which also known as the Ides of March. The Ides of March is a day known in history as the day Julius Caesar was assassinated which marked the end of the Roman Republic and the beginning of the Roman Empire. The traces of that empire can be seen here in Spain and are still so impressive.
And yes, I thoroughly enjoy Shakespeare´s play.
The Ides of March also marks the first day of the Roman new year and the first day of spring in the Roman calendar. From a culinary point of view, this interests me very much because the Ides of March was a big day for feasting. I was reading about this today when I discovered, to my complete surprise that there are recipes that remain from the 4th century from a foodie named Marcus Gavius Apicius. Does this surprise you too? Most of what we know about their culinary habits comes from him.
And the recipes are not obcure or peculiar. The recipes I have seen look or sound fantastic and not unlike what you may see in a Greek, Italian or Spanish cookbook. Mediteraenean cooking has a rich and interesting history. You see the above image for the challenge with the eggs? That is a mosaic from Pompeii. Personally, I would go there before going to Rome itself but that is another story!
Would you be interested in a challenge to try one of these recipes? I am definitely trying one but I am not sure which yet! They are all available online! If you have trouble finding one, let me know!
I just have to add another mosaic from Pompeii. I love it and I wonder what she is thinking about? Maybe she is thinking of a recipe too haha!
The recipes in red are taken!
Roman stuffed dates- Lina
Roman bread- Antonia
Honey spiced Roman cakes
Collumella Salad – Natascha
Soft boiled eggs in pine nut sauce-Linda
Lentils with coriander
Fried veal with raisins
Nut tart – Natascha
Roman coffee Cake
Isicia Omentata (Hamburgers)-Natascha
Herb Purée with Pine Kernels and Lagana, or Fried Pasta
If you are interested, let me know and I will put your name beside the recipe! If you spot any other recipes that are not on the list, we can add it, no problem.
1. I will open the link for the recipes on April 23rd. (That is a big day here in Spain. It is Book Day in Spain and marks the death of Shakespeare and Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote. It will be open for a week.
2. Share your experience.
3. Have fun!