Our menu was served in five courses. First was fruit (strawberries, grapes and blackberries) and bread and cheese (homemade focaccia bread and french bread).
The second course was sliced hard boiled eggs with a pine nut sauce (though I had to use sunflower seeds instead). Third course was lentils (cooked on the stove top, with vinegar, fresh lemon juice, oil, salt and ground coriander added to the drained beans. The fourth course was chicken (marinated in lemon juice and seasonings) cooked in the oven and carrots with honey. The last course was individual Roman cakes (made with flour, ricotta cheese and eggs, formed into buns, placed on bay leaves in a casserole dish and baked. Before serving these cakes sat in honey until saturated.
(I got distracted and busy and don’t have any more food pics!)
The kids read some information about the food and customs of the romans while we were eating each course. Our friends that joined us actually dressed appropriate to the times so we all looked and felt silly but had a great time! When it was time for the reports we went in to the living room and both of mine read their written reports as well as having some sort of a visual demonstration. M told about the costume he made and the different components for his armor. S had done a pencil drawing of the Roman Colosseum. They both did a great job of speaking slow enough and animatedly enough to engage their audience.
I thought our evening was a success. A lot of work, but a success! In the midst of parenting children with wounded hearts it’s good to be able to see we’ve made progress in their homeschooling this year. There were many dark days when I never believed they would be capable of following through on a task this large, but they did and we had fun as well. Proud of my kids!
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