Happy Birthday from me, too!
Carole does a wonderful job documenting the life of this impressive Roman Emperor. Exploring history as its best. Thank you!
Happy 1943rd birthday, Hadrian!
This year, I decided to cook Cato the Elder’s recipe for Libum (sweet cheesecake) as Hadrian’s birthday cake.
Libum(original recipe from LacusCurtius):
Bray 2 pounds of cheese thoroughly in a mortar; when it is thoroughly macerated, add 1 pound of wheat flour, or, if you wish the cake to be more dainty, ½ pound of fine flour, and mix thoroughly with the cheese. Add 1 egg, and work the whole well. Pat out a loaf, place on leaves, and bake slowly on a warm hearth under a crock.
Modern recipe (serves 2)
- 180-200g plain, all purpose flour
- 225g ricotta cheese
- 1 egg, beaten
- bay leaves
- 1/2 cup clear honey
Sift the flour into a bowl. Beat the cheese until it’s soft and stir it into the flour along with the egg. Form a soft dough and divide into 4. Mold each one into a…
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