Seasoned Mushroom Stems
I lb (I kg) mushroom stems (or whole
I handful fresh
lovage or parsley
tbsp. olive oil
I tbsp garum (or substitute
Nuoc Mam, or fish sauce, available in most oriental
Finely chop lovage or parsley. Cut the
stems into small pieces and sauté in a pan with olive oil,
pepper, lovage or parsley, honey and garum.
Romans used this method to cook large wild meadow
mushrooms; it is also good for both boletus and
-- from A Taste of Ancient
Rome, by Ilaria Gozzini Giacosa
Roast Stuffed Suckling Pig
Porcvs Troianvs was a key feature of the Saturnalia feast;
it was so named because it was stuffed with "several other
animals that were closed inside in the same manner that the
Trojan horse was filled with warriors." (Macrobius,
I suckling pig (VIII-X lb.)
II large onions
I quart bread crumbs
IV tbsp melted butter
IV tbsp chopped parsley
sage or ginger
Wash the pig inside and out with a weak solution of baking
soda, paying special attention to the head openings and mouth.
Pour water off and lay the pig in salt water for about XV
minutes. Dry thoroughly.
Rub the inside of the pig well with salt. If desired,
pepper and sifted sage or ginger may also be rubbed on the
inside of the pig.
Mix bread crumbs with peeled and finely chopped apples, onions, chopped parsley and melted butter. Add salt and pepper to taste and enough milk to moisten the mixture. Stuff the pig with this mixture.
openings of pig together. Cover the legs and ears with oiled
paper and tie the legs back. Put a corn cob into the pig's
mouth to keep the jaws open.
Place the pig into a roasting pan in very hot oven until
brown; then reduce heat to moderate until done. Baste
frequently with plenty of fat. Do not allow any water or steam
to form, as it is likely to burst the skin and spoil the
Put the peeled potatoes in the roasting pan around the pig
about 3/4 of an hour before pig is done. The time required for
cooking the pig is about X to XII minutes per pound.
When done, insert a red apple into the mouth of the pig and
place the pig on a larger platter on a bed of parsley.
Surround the pig with baked apples.
Ova Sfongia ex
(Pancakes with Milk
7, 13, 8)
I cup milk
II tbsp olive oil
III tbsp. honey
ground pepper or poppy
seeds to taste
Mix eggs, milk and oil until you have a pancake dough. This
is a sweet fritatta, but don't fry this one on both sides; as
soon as it pulls away from the pan, turn it onto a plate,
drizzle with honey and sprinkle with pepper or poppy seeds.
-- from A Taste of Ancient Rome , by
Ilaria Gozzini Giacosa