March 2011

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In metulis: liquamen porrum concisum cuminum passum satureiam uinum; mixtum facies aquatius et ibi mitulos quoques.
- Apicius, De Re Coquinaria IX.ix

Translation: For mussels: fish sauce, chopped leek, cumin, raisin wine, savory, wine; add water to the mixture and cook the mussels in it.


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In ovis hapalis: piper, ligusticum, nucleos infusos. suffundes mel, acetum, liquamine temperabis.
- Apicius, De Re Coquinaria VII.xvii.3

In English: “For soft-boiled eggs: pepper, lovage, soaked nuts.  Pour on honey, vinegar, mix in fish sauce.”


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March contains one of the most famous ill-fated days of the year: the Ides. Before 44 B.C., the Ides was actually a festival day. For this month’s Foodbuzz 24×24 (highlighting 24 unique meals occurring worldwide in 24 hours) my friends and I went back in time and sat down to enjoy an ancient Roman-inspired meal to observe the lighter side of the Ides. It might not have been quite fit for an Emperor, but we certainly enjoyed ourselves.


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It’s been a crazy-busy week. So, though it’s not over, I’m taking a moment and pouring myself a dirty pickle martini.


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This post is for charity – times two!

First, I’m thrilled to be working with Lillian from Sweets by Sillianah and Sarah from Fritos and Foie Gras – and a host of other generous-spirited NYC blogger-baker-volunteers – to put together an April 2nd inter-city Bake Sale for Japan.  Proceeds from this effort, conceived by Samin Nosrat , will go to New York Times-suggested charity Peace Winds Japan.  If you’re in the city, you should stop by our table at Brooklyn Flea!  You might be able to snap up some of these:


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Well, now that we’re done with all the corned beef and Guinness we can move in to important things: hamantaschen, for Purim this weekend!

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We’ve had lox and pastrami the last couple of days, on bagels and rye. Neither of these sandwiches would be anything, though, without cream cheese or mustard.


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