Looking back on a culinary history is a very interesting hobby for me. I love it. Living in Spain, there is a strong influence of the Romans. I was looking into this more deeply recently and discovered that many recipes fro that period survive until this day. Can you believe that? I decided to have a Roman Recipe Challenge and as I read more about the Romans and food, I discovered several things.
The second image is from a fresco on a wall in Pompeii.
Another interesting discovery was this:
This is a tradition that has continued in Spain. There is never just one dish. You start with a salad or light appetizer, your main meal and for dessert you can have something as simple as fruit. The Spanish word for ¨to have dinner¨is ¨cenar¨and cena also means dinner.
I was also surprised by the fact that the clay dishes found in Pompeii had very little differences to the ones used in Spain now. Ok, many restaurants will use fancier dishes but if you go to a tapas bar Andalucia or to a restaurant in Segovia, you will see the clay dishes. They are great and really help to keep your food warm.
Clay dish from Pompeii
A lovely soup served in a traditional bowl while visiting Segovia two weeks ago.
There were more things that I learned but that is for another post. Now I present to you my Roman Culinary Challenge recipes. The first two recipes I could not share because i did not have permission, but ihave provided the links. I am looking forward to seeing what the other lovely participants have made! I should thank them now for joining me. I hope that you have enjoyed this as much as I have.
This was lovely. It combined such lovely ingredients such as leek, mint, vinegar, parsley and feta cheese. You can´t go wrong with this. I was quite surprised by the amount of mint but you know, you can adapt this the way you would like. For the recipe, check here . It went beautifully with the burger and I would make it again!
Isicia Omentata -The Roman Hamburger
Now this was interesting. A burger with pine nuts and wine? Well…why not? Ok, I poured myself a glass and then got to wotk making these. Ah that makes me think of Julia. Her words of wisdom.
These were easy to make and delicious. I did not use any buns because I just didn´t think it was necessary.On a side note, I have this marvelous gadget that enables me to make great burger patties.
Just put a light coating of sunflower oil inside so the patty doesn´t stick an you are all set.Some gadgets are a waste. This is not!
I found this recipe here .
The Pine Nut Tart -Ready for dessert!
This tart was wonderful. Just wonderful. The recipe for this suggested a mixture of nuts but I just used pine nuts. I substituted the amount of other nuts with the pine nuts. Next time, I will try it with walnuts too. It also required sheep´s milk but I used regular cow´s milk instead. As for the dessert wine, I used a sweet sherry. This was very easy to make too. My husband loved it so much that he poured me a glass of sherry to accompany my slice! I would definitely make this again! Want the recipe? It is here ! The recipe says to pour a bit of boiled honey on top but I didn´t do that. I was happy the way it was.
This challenge has been a lot of fun fore and I hopethe other participants feel the same way! I am looking forward to seeing what they have done and thank them in advance for joining me.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Here is the link!