LUDI MEGALENSES II - Roman Cooking Contest (4-8 April)

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LUDI MEGALENSES II - Roman Cooking Contest (4-8 April)

Postby Octavius Aurelius Augustus » Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:41 pm

Sponsored by G. Cassia Longina

Today is the start of a week-long celebration, the Ludi Megalenses, in honour of Magna Mater. Traditionally feasting was a significant part of this festival! Sadly we cannot all feast together as a community in person. But we can feast together using our eyes and words! With this in mind, I formally announce the start of a cooking contest!

This cooking contest will run from April 4 - April 8th.

The prize is 60 denarii

Cassia Longina will be judging the contest. There will be equal points awarded in four categories:

I) Appearance II) Historical Reference III) Description of taste - it does not have to taste good, points awarded for the quality of the description! III) Ingredients / Recipe

You must cook a Roman-themed dish. It can be from a historical recipe or historically plausible Roman recipe.

You submit entries to Octavius Aurelius Augustus or Gaia Cassia Longina, or by replying to the announcement message in the Forum. Entries must contain the following information:

I) Name or Roman Name II) Name of dish III) Original photograph of dish IV) Notes on the historical inspiration for dish V) Description of the taste VI) Recipe
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Re: LUDI MEGALENSES II - Roman Cooking Contest (4-8 April)

Postby Publius Iunius Brutus » Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:11 pm

Octavius Aurelius Augustus wrote:Sponsored by G. Cassia Longina

Today is the start of a week-long celebration, the Ludi Megalenses, in honour of Magna Mater. Traditionally feasting was a significant part of this festival! Sadly we cannot all feast together as a community in person. But we can feast together using our eyes and words! With this in mind, I formally announce the start of a cooking contest!

This cooking contest will run from April 4 - April 8th.

The prize is 60 denarii

Cassia Longina will be judging the contest. There will be equal points awarded in four categories:

I) Appearance II) Historical Reference III) Description of taste - it does not have to taste good, points awarded for the quality of the description! III) Ingredients / Recipe

You must cook a Roman-themed dish. It can be from a historical recipe or historically plausible Roman recipe.

You submit entries to Octavius Aurelius Augustus or Gaia Cassia Longina, or by replying to the announcement message in the Forum. Entries must contain the following information:

I) Name or Roman Name II) Name of dish III) Original photograph of dish IV) Notes on the historical inspiration for dish V) Description of the taste VI) Recipe



Brutus Cen. sal.

I pledge an additional 30 denarii to the winner of this contest.

I also will provide the winner of this contest a copy of the following book displayed below.

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Re: LUDI MEGALENSES II - Roman Cooking Contest (4-8 April)

Postby Lucia Hostilia Scaura » Sat Apr 08, 2017 4:39 am

Salvete Omnes,

On April 4 our family followed the ancient custom of hosting a dinner for Megalesia. I served these Roman dishes which are directly from ancient recipes.

1. Spumeum (from Anthimus' On Foods) served with Dodra (from Ausonius' Poems).
This is a duck, egg, and herb souffle

2. Cucumeres (from Pliny's Natural History)
This is braised cucumbers glazed in a honey vinegarette

3. Polenta de Hordeo / Pearl Barely Porridge (from Pliny's Natural History)
As described here: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1831

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Spumeum

In a blender puree one handful of parsley, one handful of thyme, one handful of oregano and 75 g of bread. Mix in 150ml of vegetable stock, 1 tbs of white wine, 1 tbs of honey, 1 tbs of garum, 1 tbs of olive oil. Pour this mix evenly on the bottom of a baking dish. This mix is the Dodra.

On top of this layer add course pieces of smoked duck and French green beans. A handful of each.

Above this layer add 8 whipped egg whites.

Then cook at 190 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes until the top layer is golden.

Cucumeres

Take 2 large field cucumbers and peel them. Then coarsely chop the cucumbers and steam in a pan containing 6 tbs of white wine vinegar, 6 tbs of olive oil, 2 tbs of honey, and two pinches of sea salt. Steam until tender and serve. Usually about 10 minutes.
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Re: LUDI MEGALENSES II - Roman Cooking Contest (4-8 April)

Postby Procula Valeria Messalla » Sun Apr 09, 2017 5:36 am

Avete!

I made Rose Honey! It goes well as a dip for bread and unsweetened pastries. It was first described by Cassianus Bassus in the 600 CE. It is still popular paired with desserts in Cyprus and Greece.

Take 1/4 pint of rose water (https://www.amazon.com/Cortas-Rose-Wate ... TGRDKMF8GK) and heat gently on the stove, mix in 2 oz of honey until dissolved. Then allow cooling. Dip beads or pastries in the mixture as a lovely sweet scented accent.

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Recipe for rose honey: Take fine roses, wild ones if possible. Cut away the white part at the end of the rose petals, squeeze them in a press and take two pints of the juice and one pint of honey. Skim off the froth on the honey, add the honey to the rose juice and put in a storage jar; stir vigorously and store away in a place that is not damp.
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Re: LUDI MEGALENSES II - Roman Cooking Contest (4-8 April)

Postby Gaia Cassia Longina » Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:35 pm

Congratulations to L. Hostilia Scaura on winning first place in this year's cooking event! Your meal looks delicious!

May the ancestors and gods smile upon you and our Republic,
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Re: LUDI MEGALENSES II - Roman Cooking Contest (4-8 April)

Postby Publius Iunius Brutus » Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:32 pm

Congrats to the winner (who defended her title from the previous year) and well done to all the participants.

Hostilia, the victor's badge has been applied to your profile. I will leave it to our aediles to award you the denarii prize. I have transferred the denarii I promised.

See: http://romanrepublic.org/civitas/citize ... 0Scaura/22

Great work everyone!
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