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Fried Veal Escalope with Raisins

Fried Veal Escalope with Raisins

Jun 1, 2012

Fried veal: pepper, lovage, celery seed, cumin, oregano, dried onion, raisins, honey, vinegar, wine garum, oil, defrutum. (Apicius, 335) Vitella fricta: piper, ligusticum, apii semen, cuminum, origanum, cepam siccam, uvam passam, mel, acetum, vinum, liquamen, oleum, defritum. for the sauce ¼ teaspoon cumin ½ teaspoon celery seed 1 teaspoon peppercorns ½...

Nut Tart

Nut Tart

Jun 1, 2012

Try patina as dessert: roast pine nuts, peeled and chopped nuts. Add honey, pepper, garum, milk, eggs, a little undiluted wine, and oil. Pour on to a plate. (Apicius, 136) Patina versatilis vice dulcis: nucleos pineos, nuces fractas et purgatas, attorrebis eas, teres cum melle, pipere, liquamine, lacte, ovis, modico mero et oleo, versas in discum. 400g crushed...

Roast Tuna

Roast Tuna

Apr 12, 2012

Sauce for roast tuna: pepper, lovage, mint, onion, a little vinegar, and oil. (Apicius, 435) Ius in cordula assa: piper, ligustcum, mentam, cepam, aceti modicum et oleum. for the vinaigrette 3 tablespoons strong vinegar 2 tablespoons garum, or vinegar with anchovy paste 9 tablespoons olive oil 4 finely chopped shallots 1 teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon lovage seeds...

Ostrich Ragoût

Ostrich Ragoût

Apr 12, 2012

Until the 1980s the ostrich was considered as exotic as an elephant, but since then it has become available in supermarkets. Cooking a whole ostrich is an enormous task, but Apicius provides a recipe for ostrich: For boiled ostrich: pepper, mint, roast cumin, celery seed, dates or Jericho dates, honey, vinegar, passum, garum, a little oil. Put these in the pot...

Roast Wild Boar

Roast Wild Boar

Apr 12, 2012

Boar is cooked like this: sponge it clean and sprinkle with salt and roast cumin. Leave to stand. The following day, roast it in the oven. When it is done, scatter with ground pepper and pour on the juice of the boar, honey, liquamen, caroenum, and passum. (Apicius, 330) Aper ita conditur: spogiatur, et sic aspergitur ei sal et cuminum frictum, et sic manet....

Lentils with Coriander

Lentils with Coriander

Apr 12, 2012

Another lentil recipe. Boil them. When they have foamed, add leeks and green coriander. [Crush] coriander seed, pennyroyal, laser root, mint seed and rue seed. Moisten with vinegar, add honey, garum, vinegar, mix in a little defrutum, add oil and stir. Add extra as required. Bind with amulum, drizzle with green oil and sprinkle with pepper. Serve. (Apicius,...