Baked Dormice and Libum

We've been experimenting with Ancient Roman recipes this week. Sadly our local butchers don't sell dormice (they are quite rare here - maybe the Romans ate them all?) so we used chicken instead. We also made Libum - this is a sacrifical cake made as an offering to the household spirits, though of course the Romans ate it too! Here's the recipe (which was recorded by the statesman Cato in his book Di Agri Cultura) if you want to try it: Ingredients Half a cup of plain flour One cup of ricotta cheese 1 egg, beaten bay leaves Half a cup of clear honey Method Sift the flour in a mixing bowl. Beat the cheese until soft, stir into the flour. Add the beaten egg to the flour/cheese mixture

Woodfair 2015

Thanks to all who came to listen to Ben and Darren spinning yarns in the picnic tent at the Cranborne Chase Woodfair this weekend. Lovely little event with a great atmosphere (enhanced by drinking cider in the sunshine !). Shame its 2 whole years to wait for the next one!