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A Taste of Roman Britain

The Philosopher's Stove

Friday, 14 October 2016 from 19:00 to 22:30 (BST)

A Taste of Roman Britain
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14 Oct 2016 £35.00 £2.06

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There is a great number and variety of foods introduced in Britain during the Roman era; just to mention some of the most common and/or important ones: apple, leek, asparagus, cherry, pear, plum, fig, cucumber, pea, celery, chive, marrow, cabbage, lettuce, coriander, garlic, onion, marjoram, parsnip, rosemary, spearmint, turnip, pheasant, and last but by no means least, grape and wine. An easily drawn conclusion is the massive impact of the Romans on local cuisine. Until the Roman invasion, the most common dish was pottage, a vegetable soup or stew. Everything changed after 43 AD.

We, The Philosopher’s Stove, are trying to recreate the taste of Roman Britain for two days in modern day Angel, London. Although Appestat is a lovely free-spirited place, lounging at dinner might not be socially acceptable anymore. We’re also sorry we’re not providing the hardcore Roman cuisine experience, serving delicacies [also symbols of status among wealthy Romans] such as stuffed dormice. We’re pretty done with the negative stuff.

Following the writings of legendary Romans such as Marcus Gavius Apicius [Roman gourmet, 1st century AD] and prominent modern day food historians such as Andrew Dalby [b. 1947] we’re organizing a Roman inspired banquet; so we’ve come up with a four course menu plus three glasses of wine, because we want you to have the most complete experience we can offer
This is the second installment of The Philosopher's Stove autumn 2016 journey. We're going back to Appestat in Islington for two consecutive evenings of Roman British gastronomy.

 

MENU

On arrival:

Conditum Paradoxum
We all know plain wine can be boring sometimes, and so did the Romans. Then they were on to something! Conditum Paradoxum is a honeyed, spiced wine traditionally served as an aperitif with the first course at a dinner.
Tonight we’re following a 2000 year old recipe.
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Nibbles
Cheese Roll
{Vegetarian, contains Nuts (Almonds)}
Pecorino [hard Italian cheese made from ewe's milk] and mizithra [fresh cheese made with milk and whey from sheep and/or goats] cheese roll with pickled spring onions and artichokes, all covered in a crust of smoked almonds, and served with barley crackers.
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Starter
Honeyed mushrooms
{Gluten free}
Deep flavoured seasonal, mushrooms from varieties, extra virgin olive oil, fish sauce, honey, lovage seed, and freshly ground black pepper.
Fun fact: the Roman Emperor Claudius, the first one to be born outside modern Italy and who began the conquest of Britain, died actually after tucking into a dish of mushrooms. You don’t have to worry tonight. It had nothing to do with the mushrooms; his beloved fourth wife, Agrippina the Younger, felt creative and had added some poison to the dish.
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Main Course
[choose one]
Meat
{Gluten free, Dairy free}
Slow cooked pork shoulder/ pork belly stew with apples and charred leeks, honey, coriander, cumin, mint, white wine, and beef meatballs.
Apples and leeks not only were brought to Britain by the Romans but also are very seasonal this time of the year.
Given the absence of roasted wild boar in our menu, no doubt this would have been the choice made by Obélix in his adventure alongside Astérix in Roman Britain.

Fish
{Gluten free, Dairy free}
Patina of sole fillets with extra virgin olive oil, wine,
leeks, coriander, lovage, oregano, and fish sauce.
You can smell the sea in this dish; in between the Mediterranean and the Channel.

Vegetarian
{Vegan, Dairy free, Gluten free}
Squash or marrow Alexandria style: a medley of chopped dates, pine kernels, cumin, coriander, mint, honey, defrutum, extra virgin olive oil, and red wine vinegar.
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Dessert
{Vegetarian, Gluten free, may contain Nuts (Hazelnuts and/or Walnuts)}
Yoghurt and honey ice cream; sweet fig three-ways; Grilled, Dried and Preserved in syrup. These ancient roman delights -for those soldiers nostalgic of home here in the northern borders- are all combined to produce a truly amazing result


 

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Appestat
102 Islington High Street
N1 8EG London
United Kingdom

Friday, 14 October 2016 from 19:00 to 22:30 (BST)


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The Philosopher's Stove

The Philosopher's Stove is a thematic pop up kitchen project ran by three childhood friends, a chef, a historian, and a PR manager; they operate in London, cooking recipes found after hard research.

We offer ancient artisan food. We invite you to experience the aphrodisiac flavours from the ancient world of Greece and the Mediterranean.

For more info click here: http://thephilosophersstove.co.uk/


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