April 12, 2021 at 5:16 pm #40930
Paullus Aemilius GallusDenarii: 𐆖 392.74PlebeiusRaetia
Game II: Optimus Coquus, the ultimate Top Chef contest
Contest rules:Cook an original Roman meal, take photos and post them here along with a description of your experience of cooking the meal.Deadline: April 19th
The winners shall be announced on the 20th of April.Each entry will be judged on:I. Reference to recipe used.
II. Quality of the photograph.III. Presentation: The appearance is important!IV. Authenticity: Could you follow the recipe?V. Creativity: Did you change or adapt the recipe?VI. Description of taste.
VII. Your personal feedback
The winner will receive an Antoninianus of Tetricus I, the last emperor of the Gallic Empire (271-274)
First place: 75 Roman Republic Denarii
Second place: 50 Roman Republic Denarii
Third place: 25 Roman Republic Denarii
Thank a lot for your participation!
Paullus Aemilius Gallus
April 20, 2021 at 5:47 pm #41000
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Paullus Aemilius GallusDenarii: 𐆖 392.74PlebeiusRaetiaLudi Cereales – April 12th-19th – The final results of the Game IIWith 19 out of a maximum of 21 points, Publius Aurelius Barbatus is the winner of the Game II of this year’s Ludi Congratulations Barbatus! You well deserve your Victor’s badge!I will send you a 2nd roman coin.First place: Publius Aurelius Barbatus. He shall receive 75 denarii.Second place: –Third place: –Thanks a lot for your participation and I hope you enjoyed your bread!Valete!Here is Barbatus’ entry:I’m getting ready for my international move, so my kitchen is a little sparse these days. Additionally, my Japanese kitchen is TINY by western standards, so I don’t have a lot to work with.In the spirit of honoring Ceres, I decided to bake a bread. I choose Streptikios Artos, a bread originally from Greece but enjoyed in Rome as well. The recipe comes from the book Roman Cookery: Ancient Recipes for Modern Kitchens by Mark Grant.As for authenticity, the recipe as written makes concessions for modern kitchens. In ancient times, the bread would likely have been leavened with a sourdough culture, not our modern dry active yeast. Romans also likely would not have used sugar, as that is in the modern recipe to activate the yeast. To account for this, instead of activating the yeast in water-sugar mixture, I added the yeast directly to milk and mixed in a small amount of honey for good measure.As for adapting the recipe, I don’t have access to wholemeal wheat flour or goat milk out here in rural Japan. I had to get creative. I mixed 3 parts bread flour with 1 part finely ground oatmeal to approximate the slight grittiness that the wholemeal flour must have had in the days of ancient Rome, as well as the slightly nutty texture you get from using the whole wheat grain in the flour. Finally, to emulate the slight tanginess found in goat milk, I used regular milk with a little bit replaced with unsweetened Greek yogurt by volume.Otherwise I followed the recipe closely.I’ve never made a braided bread before, but the result was beautiful. I baked it just a little longer than I meant to, but the bread was still so soft inside, with a deep, slightly nutty and peppery taste that wasn’t burnt at all. I enjoyed a few slices topped with olive oil and a little mozzarella cheese on the side, and I ate a few more sliced drizzled with honey.This is one of the tastiest breads I’ve ever made, and my wife has requested that I bake a loaf at least once a month from now on!Picture 1: The proofed loaf right before it went in the oven.Picture 2: After baking.Picture 3: A slice showing the soft interior with a beautiful crumb.
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Publius Aurelius BarbatusDenarii: 𐆖 8.35PlebeiusGallia Mississippia
As I am saying in the other posts, thank you to Paullus Aemilius Gallus for organizing this year’s Ludi Cereales, and thank you to Octavius Marius Bestia and Gaia Flavia Gallia for competing. I am honored to be declared this year’s victor. Through these games, I hope that Ceres has been honored in some way. We are currently experiencing a lull in activity (as all organizations do from time to time), but I look forward to seeing more citizen participation in the forum, on the Discord server, and in future Ludi.
Glory to Ceres, glory to the Senate and People of the Roman Republic!
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