In every issue of BBC History Magazine, picture editor Sam Nott brings you a recipe from the past. In this article, Sam recreates a healthy snack thought to have been enjoyed in Egypt around 3,500 years ago.
Sam Not writes: If you, like me, have a sweet tooth but are trying to be healthier then try tiger nut balls.
I found lots of references to this being one of the first Egyptian recipes that we know of, found written on an ancient ostraca (inscribed broken pottery) dating back to 1600 BC. Although I haven’t found a definitive source for this (or why tiger nut balls don’t contain tiger nuts!) they sounded too delicious to pass over. As your average ancient Egyptian seems to have had a very sweet tooth and often added dates and honey to desserts, I like to think that this is a sweet that would have been made thousands of years ago.
Stephanie Ann Farra who runs ‘World Turn’d Upside Down‘ writes: For this challenge, I decided to make the nut cake with pink icing and walnuts from Anne of Avonlea. It was a hard decision, I was considering making something from Les Miserables or Wuthering Heights as they were both books where food played a major role in the plot. But I Love the Anne of Green Gables series and wanted to make this cake a few years back but hadn’t gotten around to it.
A classic recipe from ”Pizza” a book in the “Kjøkkenbiblioteket” (Kitchen Library) series published by Aventura Forlag in 1992.
This pizza with blue cheese and walnuts is one of Italy’s classics. Server it for dinner with a glass of red or port wine. If you want a milder type of blue cheese than gorgonzola, use the blue cheese that you like best. Camembert and brie can also be used, and walnuts can be replaced with almonds or pecans.
After I got hold of this book I’ve been surprised at how beatifully simple most classic Italian pizzas are. This one has got only four ingredients if you count the olive oil, if not there are three. Gorgonzola, walnuts and grated lemon zest. And still it looks mouth wateringly delicious – Ted
A delicious sweets recipe found in “Harrods Cookery Book” published in 1985
These truffles may be made with Scotch or Irish whiskey. Roll them in chopped walnuts, confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, grated chocolate or chocolate sprinkles. Homemade truffles make an ideal gift when presented in a pretty box.