Felix dies natalis, Hadriane!

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!

FOLLOWING HADRIAN

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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