Monday, March 30, 2009

A Roman meal

A Roman soldiers lunch was on the menu today. The soldiers had to cook their meals over an open fire when they were on the battle field. A temp of 28 degrees and a brisk wind did not keep us from making our lunch. To make the meal, first we spread a piece of aluminum foil with butter, placed a hamburger in the middle of the foil, put on some carrots, onion, potatoes (soaked in water before hand so they wouldn't turn brown and to have a bit more moisture in the packets so the other veggies could steam), salt and pepper. Think hobo dinner if you ever went to scout camp. Roll up the foil so there are no leaks for the juices to get out. Put them on a Roman fire, we just knew that must have carried a grate with them for the fire. Cook them for about 30 minutes turning the packs over now and then. These turned out perfectly. I have had them before where one side of your potato is burned and the other side is still crunchy. After the packs have cooled for a few minutes eat with Roman silverware, aka your fingers.

With the cold weather it was decided that we must be in the northern part of the Western Roman Empire fighting the Celts. We were also very happy to be wearing pants and that we were not wearing togas for the cold wind to whip up, although perhaps then we would have been wearing a big bear skin coat over our togas. This turned out to be a chilly (I am thinking optimistic here that it was only chilly) but extremely fun project.


Barbara Frank said...

Great way to help your kids empathize with the Roman soldiers! I remember when we studied the Romans; it was the first time I ever did a unit study and I think I had as much fun as the kids :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Brenda @ Tie That Binds Us said...

Lovely, lovely pictures...Thanks for the submission to the History Buffs carnival, I hope you enjoy the other posts and I hope to have you participate in the future.

Molly said...

Thanks for this post! We do feasts for every culture we study...and we are on Rome right now! So this is perfect timing for me. We will definitely be doing this.

Molly@Counter-cultural School