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Bon Appetit Wednesday! A Christmas Feast

Posted on December 16, 2015 | Leave a comment | Edit

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Christmas is fast approaching, and dinner with family and friends is often the centerpiece of celebrations. AntiquityNOW is pleased to offer a few recipes with a past that will tickle the taste buds and fill your feast with historic meaning. Each of the dishes below has a fascinating history you can share with your family and friends. And the foods are from all over the world, so you’ll be serving a truly international and timeless meal!

  • Roman Garlic Pesto (Moretum)– Enjoy an ancient Roman appetizer!
  • Butternut Squash Soup with Maple Roasted Chickpeas– Yummy enough to serve as the main dish, this rich soup can be served in smaller portions as an  amusebouche.
  • Roast Chicken with Ancient Grappa– In place of the more traditional holiday ham or Christmas turkey, try this delectable chicken that will whisk you away to Old World Italy.
  • Roasted Leeks and Apples– These two ancient ingredients pair beautifully to create a dish that will warm the heart and fill the belly.
  • Amaranth Fritters– These golden brown, fried fritters are delicious! And they feature an ancient and nutritious leafy green.
  • Christmas Pudding– No Christmas feast is complete without this classic treat. Did you know that the tradition of lighting the pudding on fire before serving it comes from the tradition of the ancient Celtic Druids who lit great bonfires at the winter solstice meant to give power to the dying sun and to hold back the approaching dark?
  • Christmas Cookies– Don’t forget to leave cookies for Santa!
Christmas Pudding
Santa Claus Cookies

In Case You Missed It…2013 Recipes With a Past!

Recipe Ebook Cover*Don’t miss our 2013 recipe book filled with delicious food from main courses to drinks and desserts.

Mario Batali, Martha Stewart, Rachael Ray, Julia Child…giants in culinary arts known for their expertise, personal franchises and larger than life personalities.  But they aren’t the only chefs known for their style.

How about those Babylonian epicures whose haute cuisine recipes date to c. 1750 BCE during the reign of Hammurabi?[1]

Ever see the culinary page-turner Hedypatheia (Pleasant Living or Life of Luxury), written around 350 BCE by Archestratus, a Sicilian Greek? [2] Continue reading

Bon Appetit Wednesday! Ring in the New Year With a Lucky Foods Repast

New Years 2014 fireworksHappy New Year!  For a fortuitous upcoming 365 days, we’ve compiled a dinner spread that bodes well for 2014.  Here’s a quick description of some holiday foods—with ancient ingredients—that are considered to bring good fortune: Continue reading

Bon Appetit Wednesday! Imperial Roman Honey-Spiced Wine

spiced wineIn yesterday’s blog post we told you about the recent discovery of one of the oldest and largest wine cellars in the world belonging to Canaanites living in north Israel around 1700 BCE. So today we’ve decided to share an ancient wine recipe that you can make to keep in your own wine cellar.

Spiced wine dates back to ancient Egypt, circa 3150 BCE, when it was made mainly for medicinal purposes and as a necessary menu item in the afterlife. The recipe often included pine resin, figs, and herbs like balm, coriander, mint and sage.[1] Several jars of up to five different types of wine were placed in the tombs of pharaohs and other royals.[2] Continue reading

Coming Soon! Bon Appetit Wednesday! You’ll Love Our “Recipes With a Past”

Ancient Roman foodIs cinnamon your secret ingredient?   Made from bark stripped from the laurel tree, it has been in the pantries, larders and spice racks of cooks from China to Rome to Sri Lanka for nearly 5,000 years.  Are you a cheesecake aficionado?  Your love carries back to the first Olympics in ancient Greece where the Olympian superstars were served a winner’s portion of the delight.

AntiquityNOW is pleased to announce Bon Appetit Wednesday!  Each Wednesday we’ll post a new “recipe with a past” that has tickled taste buds for thousands of years.   Give your weekend parties a distinctive flair with a repast that has a story to tell.  Dazzle at potluck dinners with a chocolate concoction courtesy of the Maya.  Connect to our ancient ancestors through dishes that can still nurture and satisfy today.  By the way, send us your own recipes.  We’ll research the origins and give you a shout out in our blog.  And just to remind you of how ancient tastes and ingenuity have created today’s culinary fare, here’s a list of some recipes we’ve posted about in the past!