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bijou
12-17-2008, 11:57 AM
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But the first Christmas dinner dates back to Roman times and a British historian has revealed how we can turn our ovens into time machines to recreate the recipes of 1,700 years ago.

The first reference to a nativity being celebrated on December 25 - the date of the Roman solstice - was found on an illuminated manuscript found in Rome in 354 AD.

Using a cookbook penned by first century bon viveur Marcus Apicius, Jacqui Wood has found the recipes are 'easy and cheap to replicate.'

While Emperor Elagablus's Ostrich brain and gold starter may not be to everyone's tastes, Apicius's Christmas feast of mulled white wine, baked ham, squash Alexandrian, and walnut and fig cakes might appeal.

'They have got to be the earliest Christmas recipes, and they are really nice. It's really healthy stuff,' said Ms Wood.

Apicius wrote his cookbook before he spent his fortune on fine dining and poisoned himself rather than eat like a peasant.

'Apicius was a food nut but because of him we have these recipes,' said Ms Wood, whose book: Tasting The Past British Food From The Stone Age To The 20th Century will be out next year.

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I'd be tempted to go for the ostrich brain and gold rather than the squash. :D

Gingersnap
12-17-2008, 12:03 PM
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I'd be tempted to go for the ostrich brain and gold rather than the squash. :D

You and me both. Squash is evil. I have several cookbooks featuring ancient Roman cuisine. Trust me - the Romans wouldn't have remained Whopper Virgins for very long if they'd had the choice.