One afternoon I was walking around the office and found a draft copy of the Mystery of History Cookbook. I quickly asked permission to take some of the recipes for a test drive. My daughter wants to attend our local college to become a pastry chef. This would be a perfect mother and daughter fun activity. My boss gave me permission; yes, there are perks to the job!
*Food Allergies. I have had good luck replacing white flour with gluten free flour. I have been able to tweak the recipes to keep them dairy free. Not ever recipe works but if your children have food allergies some of these recipes are easily adaptable.
The first thing we did was “oh” and “ah” over the photos. Then we began picking recipes that sounded good.
The Mystery of History Cookbook Recipes:
- Honey Cakes. The first recipe we tried was “Honey Cakes.” The great thing about this recipe is I was able to replace the white flour with gluten free flour to make it. We baked a regular and gluten free honey cakes. Have the honey ready, when these come out of the oven everyone will be eager to try them.
- Staititai. Most kids love pizza, so cooking the earlier Roman version was the next recipe to try. “Staititai” was a two-step process. First the dough had to be made. Then topping with feta and the other ingredients got my kids thinking about the history of the different cheeses. For my youngest son we used dairy free cheese.
- Medieval Omelet. Since we got chickens last year, the recipe for a “Medieval Omelet” was promptly served for breakfast the next day.
I love at the end of the e-book the recipe cards are ready for printing. Keeping my electronics out of the kitchen eases my anxiety.
Anne Nardone, the author of the cookbook, does mention the need for spices that are not found in the average spice rack. Since our diet is very limited do to food allergies, I have had great luck with spices from Penzey’s store, request a catalog, it has better layout then on-line.
The spices really help to achieve different tastes with meats and vegetables. I would encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and buy a few, really count it as an education expense.
Lucky for you, (affiliate link) The Mystery of History Cookbook is now in the Bright Ideas Press store!