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Bread for the Gods: Pharmakos Barley Cakes with Cheese and Figs

Bread for the Gods: Pharmakos Barley Cakes with Cheese and Figs

A pestilence is sweeping our land. The gods are pissed. It's time to take this situation into our own hands with an ancient Greek sacrifice. Be gone, pestilence, be gone!

Tavola Mediterranea | The Greek Sweet Tooth: Goat-Cheese Honey Cake with Lavender

The Graeco-Roman Sweet Tooth: Goat-Cheese Honey Cake

Savillum meets Kalitsounia in this 2,500-year-old recipe for a sumptuous goat-cheese and honey cake fit for a banquet.... or for a midnight snack following a raucous game of kottabos!

Tavola Mediterranea | The Greek Sweet Tooth: Goat-Cheese Honey Cake with Lavender

The Graeco-Roman Sweet Tooth: Goat-Cheese Honey Cake

Savillum meets Kalitsounia in this 2,500-year-old recipe for a sumptuous goat-cheese and honey cake fit for a banquet.... or for a midnight snack following a raucous game of kottabos!

Tavola Mediterranea | Bread for the Gods: Taralli Pugliesi

Bread for the Gods: Taralli Pugliesi

Explore the ritual roots of Taralli Pugliesi, a bread snack from Puglia that is still made today exactly the same way that it was made when the Greeks first colonized the south of Italy 2,600 years ago.

Tavola Mediterranea | Bread for the Gods: Mola Salsa

Bread for the Gods: Mola Salsa

Give praise to the Roman oven goddess with Mola Salsa: spelt and salt wafers that were made during the annual festival of Fornacalia. All hail Fornax!

Tavola Mediterranea | The Roman Sweet Tooth: Apicius' Hypotrimma with Defrutum Glazed Spelt Biscuits

The Roman Sweet Tooth: Apicius' Hypotrimma with Defrutum Glazed Spelt Biscuits

The weird meets the wonderful in this show-stopper of a Roman sweet-cheese dish that will see you sneaking more of it long after you've had your fair share. Derived from a 2,000-year-old recipe by Apicius and a bronze 'pastry' clam shell mold found at Pompeii, hypotrimma with defrutum glazed spelt biscuits is a stunning example of the complexity and sophistication of Imperial Roman culinary culture and flavour preferences.

Tavola Mediterranea | Baking with the Romans - The Key Ingredients: Git.

Baking with the Romans - The Key Ingredients: Git.

Get the git out with this 2,000-year-old recipe for a fragrant, naturally-leavened Roman bread that incorporates Roman coriander. History is delicious!

Tavola Mediterranea | Baking Bread with the Romans: Part III – The Panis Strikes Back

Baking Bread with the Romans: Part III – The Panis Strikes Back

Baking Bread with the Romans: Part III – The Panis Strikes Back

Tavola Mediterranea | Baking Bread with the Romans: Part III – The Panis Strikes Back

Baking Bread with the Romans: Part III – The Panis Strikes Back

Baking Bread with the Romans: Part III – The Panis Strikes Back

Tavola Mediterranea | Apicius' Pear Patina with Honey Fritters

Apicius' Pear Patina with Honey Fritters

Explore a uniquely Roman flavour profile with this delightful sweet and savoury recipe for Apicius' Pear Patina; a Roman pear soufflé.

Tavola Mediterranea | The Mediterranean Triad - Grapes, Grains and Olives: Death by Defrutum

The Mediterranean Triad - Grapes, Grains and Olives: Death by Defrutum

Explore the use of grapes in ancient Roman cooking by learning how to make this 'killer' condiment known as defrutum.

Tavola Mediterranea | The Mediterranean Triad - Grapes, Grains and Olives: Death by Defrutum

The Mediterranean Triad - Grapes, Grains and Olives: Death by Defrutum

Explore the use of grapes in ancient Roman cooking by learning how to make this 'killer' condiment known as defrutum.

Apicius’ Pear Patina with Honey Fritters

Apicius' Pear Patina with Honey Fritters

Explore a uniquely Roman flavour profile with this delightful sweet and savoury recipe for Apicius' Pear Patina; a Roman pear soufflé.

Putting Ancient Recipes on the Plate - Gastro Obscura

Putting Ancient Recipes on the Plate

To better understand the distant past, it can help to taste and smell it.

Edible Archaeology: Gingerbread Cuneiform Tablets

Edible Archaeology: Gingerbread Cuneiform Tablets

Because sometimes a plain old biscuit calls for some ancient Assyrian script.

Tavola Mediterranea | The Roman Sweet Tooth: Cato's Globi

The Roman Sweet Tooth: Cato's Globi

Explore the Roman sweet tooth with this 2,000-year-old recipe for bite-sized honey and poppy-seed cakes. Globi are so irresistable that you'll want to make a double order!