|Rosa and Flavia enjoying their hot dates|
Part of the day’s celebrations was to eat hot, stuffed and peppered dates. The recipe that we used to prepare our dates comes from the Roman cook Apicius. Apicius has left us the most comprehensive guide to Roman cuisine. He lived during the 1st Century AD but his recipes were not collated into one book until the late 4th Century AD. This has led some people to believe that the cookbook attributed Apicius is in fact written by more than one person but under the same name.
Some of the recipes in his cookbook include, Milk-Fed Snails, Stuffed Hare, Hot Lamb Stew and Julian Pottage, which required, among other things, two cooked brains! The recipe for our stuffed dates can be found below.
Hot Dates Ingredients –
6 dates per person
Shelled and finely sliced almonds
3 tablespoons honey
To Prepare –
Stone the dates and stuff with the nuts. Heat the honey in a frying pan and fry the dates briskly then serve.
For a more authentic Roman experience, add a little pepper to the almonds and roll the dates in a pinch of salt before frying in the honey.
Enjoy and Felix Anno Novo!