Saturday, 9 May 2009
I was looking through some photos from my visit to Rome in 2004, and I thought my readers might be interested in one particular meal which stood out from the many nights of (excellent) pasta and pizza which we enjoyed during our holiday.
This was dinner with a difference - because all the dishes were traditional ancient Roman food. Unfortunately the fact that this happened five years ago means my memories are a little hazy (I certainly don't remember how to get to the restaurant!), but I'll do my best to describe what we ate.
The traditional appetizers included a boiled quail's egg, various beans and pulses, bread, pates, and cheese:
Next up was a dish comprising breadcrumbs and cheese, mixed together with herbs and a little oil:
As a vegetarian, I opted out of the next course - a savoury jelly made from pigs' trotters, apparently:
Then there was savoury porridge, drizzled with olive oil:
The main course was meaty (no surprises there); I can't remember what they gave me instead of this:
To finish off we had a selection of sweet treats - a slice of apple cake, some fresh berries, and a pot of creamy dessert:
The chef talked us through the different elements of the meal, coming out
between courses to explain what we were eating and why. I only wish I'd had the foresight to make notes!