Category Archives: Recipes With a Past

Bon Appetit Wednesday! A Healthy and Ancient Ramadan

Ramadan mealRamadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, a month of prayer and fasting, began last week and ends on July 5th. If you are observing Ramadan, you know that planning the Iftar and Suhur meals is key. While Ramadan has ancient roots, today many households are mixing their modern habits into the month. Health is a top priority for many families. Perhaps this year you’re trying to be a bit healthier in your observance and plan meals that are delicious and nutritious. It is important for these meals to provide all of the nutrition you need for the long days of fasting. For a list of healthy ideas, check out Nestle Family’s Healthy Ramadan Recipes.

And for a history of Ramadan as well as some ancient ingredients and recipes, look no further than our AntiquityNOW Ramadan posts below. Don’t miss the bonus post about the ways in which professional athletes observe Ramadan.

 

Bon Appetit Wednesday! Celebrate AntiquityNOW Month with Crepes Suzette

crepes suzetteAh, Paris in spring. What could be more glorious? Strolling the boulevards abloom with horse chestnut trees. Taking a boat ride down the Seine. Climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower or gazing rapturously at the Mona …. Wait a minute. What’s that delectable aroma? What are those people consuming with such gusto? Yes! Regard the street vendor deftly creating that culinary perfection. Lo and behold, it’s the inimitable crepe! Continue reading

Bon Appetit Wednesday! National Chocolate Lovers Month

6138-close-up-of-melted-chocolate-pvMiss a chance to celebrate chocolate? Not at AntiquityNOW! It’s National Chocolate Lovers Month and we’re bringing you all of our chocolatey content in one decadent post. Humans have been chocoholics for thousands of years. Even our ancestors knew that sometimes all you need after a tough day is the taste of the velvety concoction. Click on the links below to learn about the ancient history of chocolate and to enjoy recipes inspired by chocolate’s unique and delicious past. Scroll down to find an adventurous and unexpected recipe for Chocolate Chicken. With all of these fantastic recipes, you can observe this holiday by serving chocolate for every meal! Continue reading

Bon Appetit Wednesday! Cabbage Soup for National Cabbage Day

cabbageDid you know that today is National Cabbage Day? With its long and rich history, this leafy vegetable certainly deserves its own holiday. So today we’re bringing you a recipe for a cabbage soup that will keep you warm through the end of winter. As well, we’ll explore the healing properties of this ancient and ubiquitous food.

Cabbage is believed to have originated in the eastern Mediterranean and Asia Minor, but it is unclear as to how it made its way into Europe. One clue is in its name. It is a member of the Brassica family, which includes other veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower and kale. The Latin “Brassica” was influenced by the Celtic word “bresic,” which means cabbage. It is for this reason some say the Celts were responsible for bringing cabbage to prominence as a food. The Celts began invading the Mediterranean around 600 BC, so it is probable that they picked cabbage up on their journeys and brought it with them throughout Europe.[1] The other theory is that the Romans introduced cabbage to Europe. Continue reading

Don’t Miss Our Latest Recipes With a Past E-Cookbook!

Recipe Ebook 2015 coverAre you having a difficult time deciding what to cook for the historian in your life? Do you have a dinner party coming up and you don’t know how to wow your guests? Do you want to spice up meal times at your house? AntiquityNOW to the rescue! Download our latest free e-cookbook, Recipes With a Past 2015, and you’ll have recipes for everything from soup to nuts. And you won’t just be serving up delicious and unique dishes, you’ll also be helping to preserve cultural heritage by passing on the history behind these ancient foods.

2015 Recipes With a Past

Recipe Ebook 2015 coverThe wait is over! We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our 2015 Recipes With a Past e-cookbook, a compendium of dishes derived from our weekly Bon Appetit Wednesday! blog posts. This year’s book contains recipes from all over the world. With 22 gluten free and 13 vegan recipes for everything from appetizers to drinks and desserts, it’s easy to plan a historic international feast.

Recipes With a Past commemorates innovators of the past who have left their own culinary legacies for today’s tables.  These recipes reflect the great bounty of this earth and remind us to cherish and preserve our cultural heritage, in all its forms. Continue reading

Bon Appetit Wednesday! Kids Take Over the Ancient Kitchen

6965351164_9a0a2c26a4_zSunday was National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day, but don’t worry, it’s not too late to celebrate. What better way to recognize the day than to cook up some recipes with a past? We’re bringing you an array of tasty dishes that are perfect for your kiddos to test their skills in the kitchen. But first, click here to take a walk through an ancient Roman kitchen, and then get ready to cook and enjoy a meal just like the ancients. Below, you’ll find a recipe for every course, each from a different part of the ancient world. Continue reading

Bon Appetit Wednesday! The Incredible Edible Egg (in Pine Nut Sauce à la Ancient Rome)

poached eggsThe Romans had a saying, “ab ovo usque ad malum,” which translates “from eggs to apples” and is closely related to our modern saying, “from soup to nuts.” Basically, it means “from beginning to end.” One thing is certain—the Romans knew their way around an egg.  Today, we’re bringing you an ancient Roman egg recipe that is the perfect beginning to any meal or any day. Eggs in Pine Nut Sauce can be used as an appetizer or served for breakfast if you’re craving something different from the typical eggs and bacon. Continue reading

Bon Appetit Wednesday! Enjoy Another Ancient Grain With Einkorn Flour Pancakes

EinkornToday we’re bringing you yet another healthy and delicious ancient grain. We’ve already covered quinoa and amaranth, and now it’s time for the lesser known, but no less fantastic, einkorn. “What in the world is einkorn?” you wonder. Well, leave it to AN to bring you the history and a tasty recipe so you can learn to love another recipe with a past.

Einkorn is actually a type of wheat that was one of the first plants to be domesticated and cultivated. The earliest of evidence of its domestication dates all the way back to between 8,650 BCE and 7,950 BCE and was found at two archaeological sites in Turkey.[1] The ancients really knew what they were doing when they began eating and then growing the grain. It has a lower gluten content than modern wheat and is dense with nutrition. Continue reading

Happy 2015! Here Are Your Free Gifts From AntiquityNOW!

We hope your holidays were joyous and accompanied by good cheer, good company and good food. We wanted to make sure that in the midst of all the holiday celebration you received your free gifts from AntiquityNOW. Just click on the links below.

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Enjoy our e-cookbook with delectable recipes from our Bon Appetit Wednesday! blog posts. Each recipe includes a brief explanation of the food’s ancient origins—with many surprises sure to tickle the imagination along with the palate.

Education Topic Matrix

BlankMap-World darkNew this year! AntiquityNOW has a variety of free content to supplement the classroom curricula, all organized by region/era and including fun facts, educational projects, videos, lessons and more showing how ancient lives continue to influence us today.  Who knew the first computer was built more than 2,000 years ago in Greece? That bubble gum was discovered from 3,000 BCE in Finland? Or that the ballgame was created in Mesopotamia in 1400 BCE? We knew because at AntiquityNOW we love to make those eye-popping, jaw-dropping connections. As we like to say, “The past is not as distant as you may think.” Like what you see?  Let us showcase your best ideas revealing how past and modern times intersect. Please go to “Submit Work.”

Bookmarks

Bookmark single image high resWe’ve added more bookmarks, including for the two projects above, to download for you archaeologists, teachers, students, cultural preservationists, puzzle aficionados, Trivial Pursuit enthusiasts and historical gadflies everywhere.

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Join us in cherishing and preserving our global heritage. Contact us at info@antiquitynow.org to learn how. Let’s make 2015 a year to remember.

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