The Recipes Project cannot offer you cakes to celebrate the Kalends of January 2015, but it can present you this series about Greek and Roman recipes instead. Thanks! 2 cups clear honey. Place the measured flour in a small sieve and sift into the mixture very slowly and gently while mixing, just until the flour is incorporated. Spread the honey out over a dinner plate, and when the libum come out of the oven, place them to soak in the honey for about 30 minutes. Recipe for Libum (sweet cheesecake) by Cato, De Agricultura L ibum was a sacrificial cake sometimes offered to household spirits during Rome's early history. Cato's 'De Agricultura': Recipes Translated into English by Quinta Claudia Lucentia Aprica. Ingredients. Anyway, honey cakes are just the opposite of that! Serve with thick, fresh cream. These were all expensive delicacies. I can’t wait for her next novel. I am looking forward to that Renaissance set book as well, Wendy. 3 mold each one into a bun and place them on a greased baking tray with a fresh bay leaf underneath. Libum, sometimes served hot, is a type of cheesecake. Jun 3, 2013 - Recipe for the ancient roman bread from Pompei. Libum is a very ancient Roman version of something like a cheesecake. Like I commented to Wendy, I think I cared for the characters so much it was doubly harsh even though I knew we were dealing with ancient Rome. It’s actually more like a bread that has cheese in it and baked on bay leaves. I was led to both from King’s website. At his side throughout this quest is his loyal slave who becomes a friend, confidant and companion to his master. Dec 8, 2013 - Cookit is a searchable, growing database of recipes and video podcasts, including cooking methods, equipment guides, a glossary, favourite school dinners, lesson plans for teachers, a recipe calendar, activities and a history cookbook showing recipes and cooking methods since prehistoric times. And the Roman upper classes certainly did used to eat things that sound strange (and usually disgusting) to us today. Membership is open to anyone that wants to participate. It’s always a bit daunting picking books for CTB. Great Cookbooks that I Can’t Live Without, My FAVORITE Foodie Magazines (and a few others), Beet and Leek Farro Salad with Spiced Vinaigrette, Beet and Leek Farro Salad with Spiced Vinaigrette « Eliot's Eats. How to Make Libum. 15-20 bay leaves A classic ancient Roman sacrificial honey cake. As is typical with a Cook the Books selection, I started out with a pad of paper by my side to record all the food references. I took the time after a whirlwind holiday to sit and finish the bulk of the book virtually in one sitting. In a bowl, combine cheese, flour and eggs. View a modern version of this recipe. To say that he spares no expense would be an understatement. The Roman’s believed that bay leaves brought luck and prevented evil spirits. This is a a sacrificial cake sometimes offered to household spirits when the Romans honored them. Be sure to turn the oven down so it is just warm, or off completely. Apr 30, 2017 - How to Make Libum. Libum is an early form of cheesecake. Great choice on the honey cakes. The mixture will be a little sticky and soft. Libum was a small cake used as an offering to the Lares, the household gods and I have seen sources that indicate it was offered to others including my favourite, Bacchus, since he is accredited with gifting honey to mankind. Reviewed by millions of home cooks. Happy New Year! Need something a bit more up bit right now. But what is Libum, I hear you cry! *I had to add a bit more flour to get a consistency to make a dough ball. More Info >Got it! Plus I’m glad I didn’t grow up in Ancient Rome! But I think most of it was probably only eaten by the upper classes, especially the weirder stuff, and only occasionally at those sort of banquets hosted by people like Apicius. Serve with thick, fresh cream. The recipe below comes from the Roman consul Cato's agricultural writings, which included simple recipes for farmers. I really did have to add a bit more flour and I think I might add some honey to the actually batter the next time I make these. I did the same thing – started out making a list of the food mentions, and gave up after a page. INGREDIENTS: 1 cup all-purpose flour 8 ounces ricotta cheese 1 egg, beaten 4 bay leaves 1/2 cup clear honey Sift the flour into a bowl. Although I portray Feast of Sorrow as a dark tale, I did enjoy it and recommend it. LIBUM – honey or cheese cake MORETUM – vegetarian pesto GARUM – fish sauce “Bonum vinum laetificat cor hominis” “Non ut edam vivo, sed ut vivam edo” Vale of the White Horse and Ridgeway Archaeological and Historical Trust Manor Farm, Mill Road, Marcham, OX13 6NZ Registered Charity no … If you’ve run out of time to participate this month, please note that Simona (bricriole) is hosting The Discovery of Chocolate by James Runcie for February/March. Flour hands and take small… It is actually more like a cheese bun/cake with honey on it. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl with spatula. Jan 26, 2020 - Libum or Cato's Honey Cake. Libum Recipe – Tavola Mediterranea. I cannot wait. LIBUM (SWEET CHEESECAKE) Libum was a sacrificial cake sometimes offered to household spirits during Rome's early history. Thanks, John. Place in moderate oven (375ºF) until set and slightly browned (35-40 minutes). In a deep baking dish, distribute bay leaves evenly and drizzle half the honey over them. Libum was a sacrificial cake sometimes offered to household spirits during Rome's early history. Haha I was led to both from King’s website. Ancient Roman Libum Recipe to be made as follows: 2 pounds cheese well crushed … Often times, I find that historical fiction authors get bogged down in the actual retelling of history, adding too much historical detail. Pour plenty of honey over the cake and serve immediately. This video is unavailable. You can never go wrong with honey! I’m linking up with January’s Foodies Read. Thanks for stopping by, Adriana! Taste the history and flavours of ancient Rome by making this recipe for a divine honey-cake that was so good it was offered to the gods. . Anyone can join in by reading the current selection, preparing a dish inspired by its contents, and writing about it. Ancient Roman Libum Recipe to be made as follows: 2 pounds cheese well crushed in a mortar; … True Roman Libum, for True Romans! What overshadowed  the culinary references was, again, the cruelty of the times:  children raped and strangled because of a traitorous father, slaves beaten and disgraced in tortuous ways at the whims of their masters, women being burned alive, murder, suicide and the total tyranny that allows for such actions. all-purpose flour* 2 bay leaves; 1/2 c. honey; Instructions. Cato, De Agricultura 75 - 76 Cato's recipes for libum and placenta are particularly important historical sources, since both of these cakes were recommended for use in religious rituals. Follow us on www.fromcheesewithlove.com! 1 1/2 cups of plain wheat flour Also, to make this sweet enough for the gods, you will need to drizzle a lot of honey on it. Sounds like an interesting book! The recipe below comes from the Roman consul Cato's agricultural writings, which included simple recipes for farmers. These sound wonderful — thanks. . Libum. Remove and cut into desired portions. 2 form a soft dough and divide into 4. Using a serrated knife, score the top of the dough with a cross design. , 500g ricotta or similar soft cheese Libum, sometimes served hot, is a type of cheesecake. To start with this holiday season, here's a sweet and easy recipe for festive honey cakes. Facebook is showing information to help you better understand the purpose of a Page. This course comprised fairly simple items such as fruits and nuts but sometimes cooked dishes were included. Be sure to turn the oven down so it is just warm, or off completely. References to this recipe are also found in the works of Apicius, a noted figure in the gastronomic history of the Roman Empire “Libum… Watch Queue Queue I loved this book. 1 sift the flour into a bowl. A classic ancient Roman sacrificial honey cake. I wondered if I could have attempted that but seeing what you made, yours are excellent! I tried making Libum a long time ago and was not happy with the result: yours look very nice! Mix until a batter is formed. The story was fascinating and well written. True Roman Libum, for True Romans! I have several cookbooks that are adaptations or translations of the Apicius cookbook, but haven’t tried any recipes from them — your cheese and honey roll appears very authentic. 13 people follow this. Page Transparency See More. This was really handy as I grow bay leaves in the garden! Beat the cheese with the egg. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl with spatula. Libum is a very ancient Roman version of something like a cheesecake. You made an excellent choice with the honey bread. I’m not sure how authentic mine are. Happy New Year to you, Katerina. Debra, I couldn’t have loved this book any more. You can read the announcement post here. Our most trusted Libum Ancient Roman recipes. Heat the honey. Libum Cakes. Based on recipes by Sally Grainger (from The Classical Cookbook) and one found here. From Cato. Libum 1-1/2 lb soft goat or sheep cheese, or ricotta or mascarpone 1-1/3 cup fine spelt flour 3 TBSP high-quality… King could have chosen to dwell and capitalize on the sordid side of ancient Rome and although there were horrific incidents, the characters dealt with them in stoic ways. I’m off to tweet your post now. There were a few items I would have liked to have sampled….not flamingo tongues, however. She creates a narrator who must live by his wits and skill (in and out of the kitchen) to survive to old age in what was a cruel and unforgiving time. You can also offer it to your Saturnalia guests. Spread cheese batter over leaves and honey. It may taste “too” authentic. LIBUM (SWEET CHEESECAKE) Libum was a sacrificial cake sometimes offered to household spirits during Rome's early history. You can also offer it to your Saturnalia guests. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden. The recipe below comes from the Roman consul Cato's agricultural writings, which included simple recipes for farmers. Your review is fascinating! Recipe for the ancient roman bread from Pompei. Helen King and I have devoted several Recipes Project posts to these ‘old’ recipes, but for the series we have enrolled three brand new bloggers: Jane Draycott, Ianto Jocks and David Leith. They call it a cheesecake. Definitely want to make this. Tweet Share Pin It Print. Libum was a sacrificial cake sometimes offered to household spirits during Rome's early history. Libum is a very ancient Roman version of something like a cheesecake. I think I felt for Thrasius (and Apicius as well) because the author did such a wonderful job making them real and even modern. This year's Saturnalia recipes are being cross-posted with another blog, so don't be surprised if you see them elsewhere! Should any smart-alec guests dispute this point, stab them immediately and repeatedly with a gladius. Flour your hands divide the dough into two equal portions and form into balls. Great idea for your original happy hour! It must be shared. From a Taste of Ancient Rome. I had to quit reading Roman historical fiction for a while because of the reasons you mentioned. As I delved deeper and deeper into the life of Thrasius and those he loved and tried to protect, I began to gloss over the food. New to Cook the Books? Thrasius, born a slave in ancient Rome, has the luck of being bought as a teenager by the rich Marcus Gavius Apicius. Contact Libum Cakes on Messenger. I actually listened to it rather than read it and the narrator was amazing. You can also submit your own recipes to the site. The recipe below comes from the Roman consul Cato's agricultural writings, which included simple recipes for farmers. Ingredients 400 g - This dish, called Libum, is one such dish. I knew about some of the violent details (still, the fate of Apicata’s children is hard to take in). She creates a narrator who must live by his wits and skill (in and out of the kitchen) to survive to old age in what was a cruel and unforgiving time. It would have been pages and pages long if I had continued but that is not why I stopped. Very interesting review of the book. There will be a Gerard Butler reference in the roundup! Recipe. Libum was usually offered during sacrificial rituals or to household Gods. In fact, I found most of the description of the food of the ancient Romans to sound quite disgusting:  fried flamingo tongues, vulva  of a recently delivered sow, stuffed dormice. 11 people like this. . Remove from oven and drizzle remaining honey over the cake, then return to the warm oven to allow honey to soak through (it takes time - 30 minutes should do it). The deadline for Feast of Sorrow is January 31, 2018. beat the cheese until it's soft and stir it into the flour along with the egg. Whoa, the cruelty shouldn’t be surprising in those times but it still is. Remove from oven and drizzle remaining honey over the cake, then return to the warm oven to allow honey to soak through (it takes time - 30 minutes should do it). Online, you can find an original recipe by Cato the Elder, in his works on Agriculture. Feast of Sorrow is the December/January selection for Cook the Books. Place each dough ball on a bay leaf on a parchment lined baking tray. I’m glad you didn’t stuff any mice this month! Libum Back to Real Roman Recipes Libum was a sacrificial cake sometimes offered to household spirits during Rome's early history. The recipe below comes from the Roman consul Cato's agricultural writings, which included simple recipes for farmers. Thanks so much for introducing us to this author. Great selection, and review Debra! The mixture will be a little sticky and soft. Right? King is adept at making history merely a backdrop for an emotional human tale of loyalty, friendship, family, grief and enormous loss. I had heard of this book, now perhaps I’ll read it. Remove and cut into desired portions. About See All. Libum was a sacrificial cake sometimes offered to household spirits during Rome's early history. Watch Queue Queue. Instead I decided to make a humble honey cake, one that even a slave could offer up to the gods in hopes of a better life. I just could not find inspiration in any foods that graced Aspicius’ table, any rare delicacy that a Roman patrician would find enjoyable. One of my favorite books now. It was my favorite read of 2017 beating out 36 others. Preheat oven to 200 C (400 F). I forgot to ask, did you imagine Gerard Butler? What a beautiful cake for Gods! This website uses cookies to measure analytics and serve ads. they look delicious! Her development of her characters made me connect with all from patient Thrasius to the doomed Apicata to the flawed Aspicius. Simple cheesecake with a twist. As I become more involved with the lives of King’s characters and the story truly became too sorrowful, the food became an avenue for abuse, waste and gluttony. Your honey cakes sound lovely. Check out our About and Guidelines pages or leave a question in the comments on this post. It isn't a thing like it. Libum, sometimes served hot, is a cheesecake he included. It may sound like I did not enjoy the novel but I did. A recipe is given in Cato's "De Agri Cultura" as an offering to the gods. Honey makes everything better. Crystal King’s debut novel, Feast of Sorrow, is epic in the true sense of the word. If you like historical fiction, this novel promises another excellent read, set during the time of discovery and Cortés’ travels to the New World. You still have a bit of time to participate. Written by Farrell Monaco Published on August 17, 2017 in . Flour hands and take small… Oct 3, 2018 - How to Make Libum. Just added ricotta to the grocery list. A recipe is given in Cato's "De Agri Cultura" as an offering to the gods. Look for her announcement post soon at Cook the Books. A lot of honey is needed. Libum (Roman Honey Cakes) By Eliot, on January 9th, 2018 Crystal King’s debut novel, Feast of Sorrow, is epic in the true sense of the word. I found it easier to absorb the information when only one dish was described. Delicious cheese appetizers coming from ancient Romans. Grocery Store . Thank you for hosting with this book. A recipe is given in Cato's "De Agri Cultura" as an offering to the gods. Grocery Store. From King’s website, I see that she is working on a new historical culinary-themed novel set during the Renaissance. The bay leaves give it an enticing fragrance, and the honey-only sweetening gives it an air of authenticity. Do not think Modern cheesecake. The bread looks like it came out wonderfully! Let me know when your entry post is up by commenting on this post and/or sending me an email at eliotseats@gmail.com. At some point, the food became secondary to me as I waited to see what the characters’ fates would be. Apicius, Thrasius’ master, sees his destiny in life as becoming the culinary adviser to Caesar and will spend exorbitant amounts to produce the most decadent and outlandish parties to gain the attention of those in power. It is through Thrasius’ eyes that we see all the spectacle that was Rome  through four decades of decadence, opulence, gluttony and cruelty. I should just copy Wendy’s comment above, lol. 10 oz. You can also offer it to your Saturnalia guests. Libum Recipe – Tavola Mediterranea. I sure did. Agreed, King wrote a moving story and I too focused on the lives of Thrasius, Apicus and the political goings on. ricotta cheese; 1 large egg 1 1/2 oz. I am the host for this round of Cook the Books. Do I have to beat the cheese and eggs until very light and fluffy? I am with you on the dishes: It was exhausting to read about those banquets. Community See All. 2 eggs, beaten Based on recipes by Sally Grainger (from The Classical Cookbook) and one found here. Optional sweetened version of libum that the Romans also made: just before the libum are done, zap the honey in the microwave to warm it. That connection made some of the realities of their lives more difficult to digest. Food binds them together, for better or worse. The third course at a Roman evening meal, or Cena, was known as the 'mensae secundae' or second tables - what we would call dessert. Glad you loved the book. As I sit down to write this post after just closing the last page of the novel, I find myself unsure on how to describe my thoughts. I just finished Pompeii by Robert Harris, also a good look at those times. Goings on connection made some of the dough with a gladius post.. 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