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Bon Appetit Wednesday! Um Ali

om_aliWe love Egyptian recipes! There are so many delicious ancient Egyptian foods, ingredients and dishes to explore and today we’re bringing you one more. Um Ali, also called Om Ali, is a sweet and creamy bread pudding dessert that has become a traditional modern Egyptian dessert. It brings so much joy to the palate, but it has a surprisingly dark history. It was actually created in the 13th century to celebrate the murder of Shajar al-Durr, a sultana. Click here to read the entire sordid affair.

Thankfully, you don’t have to be celebrating something so dark and dismal in order to enjoy this traditional sweet. It can be served cold or warm depending on the season and it’s made with ingredients you most likely have in your kitchen right now. For a fancier and more complex version, visit click here. Enjoy some Um Ali this holiday season!

p.s. Click here for a list of our other Egyptian recipe posts.

Um Ali

Ingredients

  • 1 package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar, divided
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  2. Place the pastry sheets in the baking dish and place the dish in the oven. Watch it closely. When the top layer turns crunchy and golden, remove it from the oven. Continue until all the sheets are cooked.
  3. Preheat the oven’s broiler.
  4. In a bowl, combine walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, raisins, coconut and 1/4 cup sugar. Break cooked pastry into pieces and stir into nut mixture. Spread mixture evenly in 9×13-inch dish.
  5. Bring milk and 1/2 cup sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Pour over nut mixture.
  6. Beat the heavy cream with the remaining 1/2 cup sugar until stiff peaks form. Spread evenly over nut mixture in dish.
  7. Place dessert under oven broiler until top is golden brown, about 10 minutes. Serve hot.

 

Bon Appetit Wednesday! National Pork Month

porkPork is an ancient food with a complicated past. It has nourished numerous cultures for generations and yet, for religious reasons, has been taboo in others. This month we celebrate the succulent meat by looking back on some of our ancient pork recipes below. And then check out this new ancient recipe for Roman Pork Bites (Aliter Ofellas).

Of course, we know that not everyone will want to celebrate this holiday, so for our vegetarian and vegan followers, check out some of these scrumptious ancient recipes.

Bon Appetit Wednesday! Figs Part 1: Pork and Fruit Ragout

Bon Appetit Wednesday! Pork Dumplings for the Year of the Horse

Bon Appetit Wednesday! Slow-Cooked, Mustard-Crusted Pork Loin

 

Bon Appetit Wednesday! Have You Seen Our Free E-Cookbooks?

Do you love Bon Appetit Wednesday? Are you always on the lookout for new and interesting recipes to delight your family and dinner guests? Or do you just love to read about ancient history and how it still impacts our lives today? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to check out our free Recipes With a Past e-cookbooks.

We have three books, free to download and packed with all of our fabulous Recipes With a Past. The holidays are coming and it’s not too early to start planning those holiday meals. Also, these books make great gifts!

Check out the books below.

Click on a book cover to view the pdf.

Recipe Ebook Cover Recipes 2104 Ebook FINAL Recipe Ebook 2015 cover

Bon Appetit Wednesday! National Beer Lover’s Day

beersIt’s National Beer Lover’s Day! Did you know we’ve been enjoying this beverage since ancient times? The ancient Egyptians enjoyed a good beer, the ancient Sumerians knew how to chill out with a cold one, even the Chinese enjoyed a version of this libation. So, on this most festive of days, we’re bringing you a story about a 5,000 year old Chinese beer as well as some of our best beer-related blog posts and recipes. Cheers!

Bon Appetit Wednesday! Ancient Hurricane Party

tropical storm trackIt may seem crazy to most people, but when true Floridians see a tropical storm or hurricane coming, they break out the chips and dip and throw a Hurricane Party! Of course, you don’t have to live in Florida to throw a good old fashioned Hurricane Party and we’re going to help you put an ancient spin on it. First, read our post about ancient storms and then check out the Recipes With a Past below to create your first Hurricane Party With a Past!

Bon Appetit Wednesday! National Peach Month

PeachesNot that we needed a reason to celebrate the sweet, juicy peach, but August is National Peach Month! This fuzzy little fruit has a deliciously ancient history and can be enjoyed solo or in numerous recipes, both savory and sweet. Click on the link below to learn all about the peach and a recipe for Peach Almond Cake. Or click here for an ancient recipe for yummy Filled Peaches!

Bon Appetit Wednesday! Peach Almond Cake

 

Bon Appetit Wednesday! Brazilian Vatapá

Vatapá

Vatapá

The Olympics is in full swing and in the midst of cheering on your favorite athletes and countries, you’re probably also learning a bit about Brazilian culture. Did you know this isn’t Brazil’s first time hosting a major international sporting event? Just two years ago, Brazil was the stage for the biggest futbol/soccer competition, the World Cup. In honor of that event, we brought you a traditional Brazilian dish to celebrate the culture while you’re celebrating the sport. Check out the post below to learn about the dish and the history of Brazil.

Bon Appetit Wednesday! Celebrate the World Cup With Tasty Vatapá

Or skip straight to the recipe and start cooking! Continue reading

Bon Appetit Wednesday! National Cheesecake Day

SavillumThis Saturday marks one of the most scrumptious food holidays: National Cheesecake Day! There are so many ways to enjoy this amazing dessert, it really needs a whole month of celebration. It’s no wonder so many different variations have developed over the years. Cheesecake has had a very long time to evolve. I bet you didn’t know the ancient Greeks ate cheesecake. In fact, they served it at the first Olympic games. Of course, the Romans took that recipe and made it into something closer to what we know as cheesecake today. Click on the post below to learn all about the sweet, crumbly, decadent food we love to celebrate. Or just skip right to the ancient recipe! And if you’re in the mood for something a bit more modern, there’s a Turtle Cheesecake recipe at the bottom of the post as well. Dig in! Continue reading

Bon Appetit Wednesday! Cook the World’s Oldest Curry Recipe

curryThere are so many ancient dishes and ingredients that we eat every day and never consider the long and storied histories behind them. That’s why AntiquityNOW makes an effort to reveal the fascinating pasts of the foods we love. Two of our favorite ancient foods are curry and turmeric. Now you can learn how to cook the world’s oldest curry, which features turmeric in its ingredient list. The curry was discovered in 2010 by two Washington State University archaeologists who “used starch analysis to trace the world’s first-known or ‘oldest’ proto-curry of aubergine, ginger and turmeric from a shard of pottery found in the ancient Harappan civilisation near modern-day Delhi.”[1]

Cooking up this ancient dish is a great activity for the family. Immerse yourself in the food of an ancient culture. But before you fire up the stove, check out our posts on curry and turmeric. Then watch the video below and get cooking!

Oldest Curry

[1] How to cook the world’s oldest curry – BBC News. (n.d.). Retrieved July 04, 2016, from http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36585926

Bon Appetit Wednesday! Enjoy an Ancient Picnic

Thomas Cole's "The Picnic."

Thomas Cole’s “The Picnic.”

July is National Picnic month and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate the beautiful summer (or winter if you’re in the southern hemisphere) weather than heading outside and enjoying a picnic inspired by antiquity. We’ve brought together some of our favorite Recipes With a Past that we think make a perfect picnic feast.

And of course, a picnic isn’t perfect without a beautiful setting in which to experience your delicious meal. Check out our post on Nature, Ecotherapy and a Peek into the Past Through National Parks to learn about the history of gardens, parks and natural public spaces. Maybe you’ll get a few ideas about where to stage your outing!

But first, the food!