“Tonight we are having an Ancient Roman meal. This meal consists of roast pork loin in a celery seed sauce, parsnips in a chive sauce, beets and leeks in a raisin sauce and mushrooms. Given that the poor in ancient rome could seldom afford meat, and that pork was considered a great delicacy, this meal would have most likely been served at a large diner party attended by wealthy Romans. A dinner for the ordinary Roman citizen would generally consist of a wheat meal porridge. Meat was scarce, and it was only consumed at sacrifices and the aforementioned dinner parties. In Ancient Rome, the pork would have most likely been wild boar rather than domesticated pig. There is no refined sugar in this meal because refined sugar was unknown to the romans, thus honey was their main sweetener, and is the sweetener in this meal. They also used sauces and spices to flavor their food, as I have for this meal.”
This is the introduction Rafi used to explain the meal he prepared as a part of his Latin final. He recreated food in the style of Ancient Rome, and it was delicious!
-Rafi Wolfson, Provdence Country Day School, RI
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