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  The Banquet of Jupiter!

Community Posted by <Marfiza> on Wednesday August 22, @06:58PM
from the thunder-the-counter dept.

As I promised, here're the recipes for the Banquet of Jupiter. Mind you, these were all expanded greatly so as to feed 50. (apologies in advance to those of you living in metric system countries …) (oh, and “t” is teaspoon, “T” is tablespoon):

1/2 lb mixed olives (I bought the pitted “Greek mix” at Berkeley Bowl's olive bar…)
4 T red wine vinegar
4 T really good olive oil
heaping T chopped fennel
2 T chopped fresh cilantro
2 t dried rue (wish I could get fresh… no such luck)
3 T chopped fresh mint

Process the olives lightly in a food processor, or roughly chop them up by hand. Pour on the oil and vinegar, mix in the herbs. Pot, and pour more olive oil over. I served the relish in lidded ceramic teacups, with feta cheese and pita wedges …

2 heads garlic
1/2 lb pecorino romano cheese
1 large handful cilantro
2 t rue
2 heaping t chopped fresh celery leaf
1 t salt
1 T white wine vinegar
1 T olive oil

Peel and roughly chop the garlic, grate the cheese, roughly chop the herbs. If you're using a mortar, the way Martial describes, you need to make it as though it were allioli, ie, start with the garlic and salt and pound it to a pulp, then add the cheese and herbs, then the liquids and mix them well. If you're using a food processor, add all the solid ingredients and process til smooth, then add the liquids. Either way, gather it up into a ball and chill it. Serve it with crusty bread.

I just used canned ones from Greece … I'm obsessive, but not THAT obsessive. ;)

4 quail (roast @ 350F until done)
2 T dried onion
pinch pepper
2 T total coriander, caraway, mint (Apicius' recipe has lovage, which I totally couldn't find)
1 egg yolk
5-6 pitted dates
1 t honey
1 t vinegar
1 t garum (I use Southeast Asian fish sauce)
2 T olive oil
1 c white wine

Process the dates lightly, add the rest of the stuff and process everything until just before it gets too pasty. ;)

TASTE OF ANCIENT ROME says serve it cold, but I heated it gently and found it much improved.

1 suckling pig (~30 lb)
pinch pepper
1 T fish sauce
1/2 c white wine
1/2 c reduced grape juice (passum)
1 c olive oil

Rub salt over the whole pig, spit it and roast for ~8 hours (something like 1/2 hr plus an additional 15 mins per pound).

Mix all the sauce ingredients together and heat gently before pouring over the roast pig.

1/2 lb green French lentils
2 small leeks (white parts only)
1 large handful cilantro
2 t chopped fresh mint
1 t rue
ground black pepper
2 t ground coriander
2 pinches asafoetida powder
2 T red wine vinegar
1 T honey
3 T fish sauce
1 T reduced grape juice
1 T olive oil

Soak lentils overnight in water to cover. Next day, drain, rinse, and add fresh water to them just to cover, bring them to a boil, then simmer gently. Chop the leeks and cilantro and add them to the lentils. Combine the herbs and 1 t of the pepper and add them along with the liquids, cook until the lentils are tender. Strew olive oil and the rest of the pepper over the dish just before serving.

Steam enough asparagus, then saute it with olive oil and salt, and serve with the pan juices. You get to decide how much asparagus is enough. ;)

Cook chickpeas how you like to. I buy dried, let them soak, then boil them until tender, but I imagine canned could work too. Add a good big pinch of saffron halfway thru the cooking time.

3/4 lb cracked wheat
1 qt water
1 qt milk
salt to taste

Bring the water to a boil, add the cracked wheat and cook for ~25 minutes. The water will be mostly absorbed by this point; add the milk slowly and cook for another half hour.

1/3 c semolina
1.5 c plain all-purpose flour
12 oz ricotta cheese
3 T plus 1 c honey
bay leaves

Soak the semolina in just enough water to cover for 1 hour, then strain it and squeeze out as much of the water as possible (I used a double layer of cheesecloth). Meanwhile put 1 c of the flour into a bowl and make a dough of it with about 2 T cold water, knead thoroughly and let it rest. Once the semolina is dried, knead the rest of the flour into it and then let the dough rest.

Beat the cheese together with the 3 T of honey and set it aside.

Now here comes the elaborate part. Make one big circle out of the all-flour dough, first by rolling it, then by stretching it like a pizza; it should be about 18“ in diameter. Divide the semolina dough into 6 equal pieces and roll out each one into a circle about 8” across and lay them on a floured table to rest.

Grease a large baking tray with olive oil, then spread the bay leaves on it and dress them with a smidge more oil. Carefully lift the big dough circle onto the tray. Lay one of the semolina circles in the center of it; put a generous tablespoon of the cheese mixture in the center of that and spread it out to cover the whole circle.Repeat the process like a lasagna, ending with a semolina circle. Next, fold the big flour circle up like a six-sided envelope over the filling; warm the rest of the honey and brush it liberally all over the cake. Bake at 425F for 45 minutes to an hour.

Serve it up in a large dish with a lip; pour the rest of the warm honey over it before serving.

3/4 c each poppy seeds, ground walnuts, ground hazelnuts, ground almonds
3/4 c each dried pitted dates & dried figs
1.25 c sesame seeds
3/4 c honey

Roast the nuts under the broiler for 5 minutes, turning often. Puree the dates and figs, then add the nut mixture. Boil the honey, add 1/4 c to the puree and the rest to the sesame seeds.

Flour your hands. Divide the sesame stuff into two parts and roll each part out into a square about 1/8“ thick. Cover the one square with the puree, lay the other square on top. Let set 1 hour, then carve it into little sandwiches.

For drinks, I served a muscat and a sweet white zinfandel (both of them in bottles custom labelled “FALERNIUM OPIMIANUM ANNUM CENTUM”), a home-brewed pyment (mead with grape juice) I called “Bromios” (for which I'll provide the recipe if people really want it), and for non-alcohol drinkers, a hydromel that consists of 1 part apple juice, 2 parts honey and 3 parts water simmered gently for half an hour and then refrigerated.

It was a fabulous success. I only wish there'd been pictures. We brought the pig in with the pilleus on its head and did the whole Trimalchio thang. I had a blast.

     - Marfiza

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**Re: The Banquet of Jupiter!**
by Azag the Wonder Pillow! on Tuesday September 04, @07:10AM

“It was a fabulous success. I only wish there'd been pictures. We brought the pig in with the pilleus on its head and did the whole Trimalchio thang. I had a blast.”

When my fiancée' and I arrived early we were met with a crowd of hands in pockets Thelemites all stewing to get Jupiter on the rise. We mingled, fumed, frolicked and had possibly the best night of our short lives.

Thanks very much for the work, funds and time spent to create a lavish festival fit for kings. The food and wine were abundant and delicious, the people even more so. Hail Jupiter and His Crown of Plenty!

I can barely wait for next year,

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