March 6, 2021 at 5:31 am #40784
ADMIN – ARANEARIUSDenarii: 𐆖 -2,313.90PlebeiusNo Province
It is my honor to present the first of two games for this years Ludi Rei Publicae, celebrating the foundation of the modern Roman Republic this month five years ago! These games have been jointly organized by Curule Aedile P. Iunius Brutus and his scriba, Statia Octavia Virilis.
Roman Republic Culinary Competition is a contest where over a week participants prepare one dish based on the instructions given. At the end of the competition after March 12th, we are going to announce 2 winners!
We created this contest to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Res Publica Roman this 1st March. Our aim is to feel closer to our ancestors and to
the roman culture with a touch of creativity and competition by trying some authentic dishes from roman cuisine following the instruction of the book De re Coquinaria (On the Subject of Cooking) of Apicius.
How to participate in the Culinary Competition?
All Roman Republic Citizens can participate by preparing the dishes following the instructions given and sharing a photo of their plate and a small description of their opinion on the taste.
The rules of the competition are as follows:
Download the attached pdf’s containing the recipes. Then cook the meal. Next, take photos, post them here along with the following;
A description of the taste, and the experience of cooking the meal.
Each entry is judged on:
- Participation: Send a picture of your plate within
the frame time given (24h).
- Presentation: Plating is important! Try to make
your plate as eye-catching as possible.
- Authenticity: How authentic you are to the
original recipe? We understand that you may
not have some complementary ingredients and
that is fine. Originality and creativity are well
1st Place Prize
75 Roman Republic Denarii and Ludi Victors badge on citizenship profile
2nd Place Prize
30 Roman Republic Denarii
RECIPE IIIMarch 7, 2021 at 5:45 pm #40801
Gaia Veturia SacerdosDenarii: 𐆖 178.20PlebeiusCalifornia Citerior
If I were to compete, I would make Vegan modifications to the original recipes. And, of course, each recipe requires having the ingredients in the cupboard, unless we are to go shopping. Ancient Romans had market days, and I’m unsure if they would be able to just hop into town and grab the ingredients at any time. Also to consider is that most Roman households had some sort of vegetable or herb garden.
Here are my suggested substitutes for Vegan cooking:
Day 1, substitute plant-based mylk for the dairy milk, and substitute a natural, plant-based sweetener for the honey (if using sugar, opt for the organic type, because refined sugar is sometimes filtered through bone char, and is secretly a non-vegan ingredient).
Day 2, substitute ground lentils and walnuts for the ground up cattle (aka “beef”), substitute plant-based sweetener for honey (see note on Day 1) , substitute any culinary seaweed for the garum, if you don’t have lovage in the pantry substitute some minced celery and anise for this rare ingredient, use bird-friendly olive oil.
A note regarding olive oil: bird-friendliness is a contemporary issue because of the machinery used to gather grapes which is harmful to songbirds if used in the evening when the birds are sleeping. To be vegan, ethical, and also true to ancient recipes, research bird-friendly olive oils available in your region and consider swapping over to one of these brands; not just for these recipes, but for all your recipes that use olive oil. (Bertolli is reportedly bird-friendly and well represented in USA markets)
Day 3: Substitute plant-based sweetener (any except for refined sugar) and bird-friendly olive oil for the honey and olive oil (see notes above)
These are my suggestions for the recipes given so far. For more about vegan recipes, check out a podcast I made for Temple of Fortuna dot com about Roman cuisine (from my vegetarian days; I may be a little more up on the substitutions now than I was a decade ago when I was recording regularly) The Apicius of Ancient Roman Cuisine; a winter podcast for Temple of Fortuna dot comMarch 7, 2021 at 9:26 pm #40802
Just wanted to say that this is a great comment and suggestion for vegan or plant based diet. One of the biggest goals of our competition is to talk about the roman cuisine and find new ways and flavors to introduce to our daily food. I’m not expert, but as far as I know and based on my research to create this instructions, roman were big on “street food” they even bought pre-made food specially those who lived in apartments and they didn’t have kitchen. So I won’t be surprised if they bought this dishes.
For example, for dish one which is a dessert, it called DELECIA DOMESTICA means, domestic dessert, i read that it’s so quick to make and with such efforable ingredientes, that everytime a household received a visit they made this dessert.
For the stew ( dish 2) it were made more in celebration days.
And for the last dish (the lentils) I don’t think romans had any problems on finding those ingredients all year round.
Thank you for the vegan option. And i can’t wait to see your participation.March 9, 2021 at 1:09 pm #40808
We are officially starting the culinary competition
If you want to participate, make sure to follow the instructions here: http://romanrepublic.org/roma/fora/topic/ludi-rei-publicae-culinary-competition/
Take a picture of your plate and share it with us (here in the main forum) with a small description about the experience, our aim is to have a little chat about roman cuisine and try new flavors. I can’t wait to see all your creations.
Remember! we will have 2 winners at the end:
-1st Place Prize: 75 Roman Republic Denarii and Ludi Victors badge on citizenship profile.
-2nd Place Prize: 30 Roman Republic Denarii.
Good luck chefs.
March 9, 2021 at 7:09 pm #40811
- This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by Statia Octavia Virilis.
Salvete,Here is my entry for the first round of the contest.Honey and pepper… I thought it was a weird combination but surprisingly it works. This dessert is actually much better with pepper which gives a little boost to a bland meal. Soft inside and slightly crispy outside. Yum yum.It’s quite easy to cook. I used brown flour. It’s probably more accurate to the original recipe but it would have been certainly nicer with white flour. I didn’t cut the puls into small squares and I used a round cooky cutter instead. It was not a good idea. With a square form, the dulciae would have been certainly crispier on the edges.March 13, 2021 at 8:59 am #40822
Salvete,Here is my entry for the second round of the contest.For the reasons below, I have taken the liberty of changing the recipe. The result was good, fresh and herbaceous but certainly different from Apicius’ meal. I must try again this recipe!Since there is no grape in winter here, I replaced the defritum (and the red wine vinegar) with Port wine (and balsamic vinegar) to keep the mixture smooth, sweet and thick. I used a blender for the mixture of almonds and spices because I’m lazy. I replaced the lovage (a kind of wild celery) with regular celery (sticks and leaves).I didn’t have enough sauce, so I added to the mix of the step 3 some olive oil to make a kind of pesto (the meat was cooked and I had to find quickly a solution).March 13, 2021 at 9:00 am #40824And here is my entry for the third round of the contest.My favorite recipe. I mean, I could eat this more often than the two other recipes. As I said on Discord, the taste was quite familiar. It could be a Moroccan recipe.It’s rich in flavour and still fresh thanks to the parsley, mint and coriander.I followed the recipe (I even used a mortar). It’s obviously the key for a good result 🙂March 15, 2021 at 8:52 am #40832
Quintus Furius CamillusDenarii: 𐆖 725.20PatriciusBritannia
Damn impressive cooking mate! I mean, it’s one of the best looking things I’ve seen to eat in the past few months. And I am not easy to please when it comes to food.
The recipe itself is quite… how shall we say? A little exotic for an amateur? It has a lot of spices and herbs that are unusual when used together. But wow, you killed this one!March 16, 2021 at 11:52 am #40893
Thanks for your words Camillus!
I like to cook but I must confess that this is the first time ever I don’t fail the presentation of my plates. Normally, they look messy. Really.
I would like also to thank Statia Octavia Virilis who provided us these 3 recipes. For a long time, I wondered what tastes the Romans food. I had big biases and I was convinced it was really bad. Thanks to this culinary contest, I have realized I was wrong. The roman food can be enjoyable.
If another culinary contest is hosted, I encourage you to participate. Cooking roman can be a yummy experience to live as a Roman in your daily life and to enjoy simply the roman way of life!March 16, 2021 at 11:11 pm #40899
It’s my honor to announce the winner of the Culinary Competition, Paullus Aemilius Gallus.
I congrats you personally on your amazing presentation and your wonderful description of each dish. You have followed all the rules given perfectly and you made us all mesmerized with your cooking skills, Thank you for your participation.
Paullus Aemilius Gallus shall have a victor’s badge added to his citizenship profile and will be awarded 75 denarii for his first place. Thank you.
- Participation: Send a picture of your plate within
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.