Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Eat like a Roman - honeyed dates

At our house, the last Roman Emperor Romulus Augustus has been dethroned, the Barbarians have taken over, Rome has fallen and we finished our study of the history of ancient Rome. To celebrate the end of our study we made a Roman treat, Honeyed Dates. This is from the last chapter of the Story of the World 1 activity book changed a bit for the way we made them.

Honeyed Dates

Pitted dates
chopped nuts
1/2 cup honey

Slit each date but don't cut all the way through the date. Stuff a small amount of the chopped nuts into each date. Lightly sprinkle with salt. Melt the honey in a pan on low heat. Fry the dates in the honey for about 5 minutes, turning them once in a while with a spoon. Take out, put on a plate and sprinkle with more chopped nuts.

These are good, but very, very sweet. We assumed that they must have been the equivalent to candy in the Roman times.

Now we are on to book two of The Story of the World. Look out middle ages here we come!

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