Saturday, 9 May 2009

A Roman Feast

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!


Anonymous said...

What a fantastic experience. Was food so very different back then? I hope they didn't expect you to go to the vomitorium afterwards. LOL!

veggie belly said...

oh, how I love the food in rome! are those caper berries in the first picture?

hensly said...

Great photos of your Roman feast! Your photos remind me of the Mediterranean food I had at a restaurant here in Hawaii. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Chef E said...

I can only imagine how wonderful it was! I love meals where a chef takes you to knew heights, and I of course would love to try vegetarian chef menus, as they are becoming more creative with ingredients...

Patty said...

OK. I'm hungry. That first dish did me in.

Scrumptious post!

Bells said...

oh how intriguing. What a great selection. Pig's trotter jelly..hmmm....I reckon I'd give it a go but it doesn't sound great. And savoury porridge? Wow. What a range of experiences. thanks for sharing.

Janie at Sounding Forth said...

Thanks for flinging a food craving on me at 3:18 a.m., Rach!

Have a good week, sweetie!

Judie said...

Hey Rachel! Wow, I love berries and hope I could eat some of those. Anyway, thanks for dropping by. I already posted the pictures for the garden friday shoot-out. As you know, I was supposed to upload the pictures but it couldn't be uploaded. I knew where the problem was..I should have compress or resize the images. Here's the link of that blog:

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

This all looks delectible but I think that I would have opted out of the pig ears and quail eggs as well my lovely, lol.
I know that you have already celebrated mum's day over the pond but I'm wishing you a late one.........
Happy Mother's Day dear Rachel and may your day be filled with much love, joy and laughter.

Steady On
Reggie Girl

jenny2write said...

When I visited Vindolanda (Hadrians Wall) I bought some of a Roman speciality which they apparently used like tomato ketchup.

It was made of rotten fish. MMM! eh??

It's still sitting in the store cupboard, surprise surprise.

Simply Life said...

wow what great foods to try!

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