[Sca-cooks] Looking for a Roman sweet
jjterlouw at earthlink.net
Wed Feb 17 14:11:45 PST 2010
I don't have the Roman Feudal Gourmet. But i suspect the date
suggestion is probably for Dulcia Domestica:
palmulas uel dactylos excepto semine, nuce uel nucleis uel pipere
trito infercies. sale foris contingis, frigis in melle cocto, et
Fresh or dried dates seeds taken out, stuff with walnuts or pine nuts
or ground pepper. Roll in salt, fry in cooked honey, and serve.
Here is how i interpret the procedure:
Fill each pitted date with a walnut half or a couple pine nuts or a
little ground pepper... I'd suggest trying some with one kind of nuts
and a little pepper. Pepper was a huge luxury to the Romans.
Sprinkle dates with a little salt, or roll them in salt, depending on
how much. Might be good with one of those regional specialty salts.
Heat a relatively shallow layer of honey in a heavy pan until it
boils, then turn heat down.
Add dates in a single layer and cook in honey on low heat for about 5
to 10 minutes. I haven't made this recipe, but in my experiences,
cooking dates in honey for too long, well, the dates start to
Urtatim [that's err-tah-TEEM]
the persona formerly known as Anahita
I have done this recipe, and it is WONDERFUL. Making enough of the stuffed
dates is a bit tedious when preparing a feast for 150, but well worth the
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