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Recipe for
Moretaria
(Country Mint Sauce)

by Apicius I, XXXV

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Original recipe: Mentam , rutam, coriandrum, feniculum, omnia uiridia, ligusticum, piper, mel, liquamen. Si opus fuerit, acetum addes.

Translation: Mortaria are preparations made in the mortar. Place in the mortar: mint, rue, coriander and fennel, taking care that these herbs are fresh. (...all fresh and green and crush them fine). Add lovage, pepper, honey and broth and stock. If there is a need, add vinegar.

Ingredients

  • 1 T. chopped fresh mint
  • ½ t. coriander
  • Pinch of fennel
  • 1 t. of celery seed (or lovage)
  • 1/8 t.ground pepper
  • ¼ c. stoned dates
  • 2 T. honey
  • 1 c. beef or chicken stock with pan drippings
  • 1 t. whitewine vinegar

Preparation

  • Mix fresh mint with coriander, fennel, celery seed (or lovage), and pepper.
  • Blend with honey and stock.
  • Add vinegar to taste
  • Bring to a boil, then simmer gently to reduce for 25 minutes.
  • This sauce complements the flavors of roast lamb and suckling kid..
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