[Sca-cooks] Period substitute for tomatoes?

Judith Epstein judith at ipstenu.org
Mon Aug 24 05:52:43 PDT 2009

On Aug 23, 2009, at 11:30 PM, David Friedman wrote:

>> Hummus should be nice and period and requires no cooking.
> Assuming you mean hummus bi tahini, I don't  know of any period  
> recipes for it. There's an Islamic recipe in the expanded version of  
> al-Baghdadi that has hummus and tahini in it, but if you try to make  
> it it's pretty clear that it isn't the familiar dip. And there's a  
> white salsa that I'm told tastes rather like hummus bi tahini, but I  
> haven't actually tried it.
> -- 
> David/Cariadoc
> www.daviddfriedman.com

Right. The ingredients are Period, so the dish is Period-plausible,  
but not documented. (Then again, how much documentation do we have for  
other things that are way more complicated? Bread would've been hard  
to come up with, originally, but it's as old as... well, beer,  
actually. Hummous is chickpeas, sesame seeds, olive oil, and lemon  
juice; all other ingredients are just variations on the theme. It's  
hard to believe that no one put those things together before the end  
of Period. They just probably didn't write it down, because why write  
something down that's so simple? But... no, not *provably* Period.)

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