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Quote:i have heard of a chick peas and lentils porridge recipe being a campaign style meal. has anyone else?

Greetings from Wenatchee! Smile

I don't know so much about campaign meals, however, dried chickpeas and lentils are very light and portable, as well as being a good source of protein.

Here's a recipe from Apicius, with Patrick Faas' modifications:
  • Another Lentil recipe: boil them. When they have foamed, add leeks and green coriander. [Crush] coriander seed,pennyroyal, laser root, mint seed and rue seed. Moisten with vinegar, add honey, garum, vinegar, mix in a little defrutum, add oil and stir. Add extra as required. Bind with amulum, drizzle with green olive oil and sprinkle with pepper. Serve.

250 g lentils (about half a pound)
2 litres water (about half a gallon)
1 leek, trimmed, washed, and finely chopped
75 g (2.6 oz) fresh coriander (cilantro)
5 g coriander seed
3 g peppercorns, plus extra for finishing the dish
3 g rue seeds
75 g (2.6 oz) fresh pennyroyal or mint
10 ml garum
10 ml vinegar
5 ml honey
olive oil

Wash the lentils and put them into a saucepan with 2 litres cold water. Bring to a boil, skim off the foam. When the water has cleared, add the leek and half of the fresh coriander. Grind the spices and other herbs and add them, with the garum, vinegar, and defrutum to the pan. Let the lentils simmer until they are almost cooked. Check the pan every now and then to ensure that the water has not evaporated. At the last minute, add the olive oil, freshly-ground pepper, and the remainder of the chopped coriander.

Note: dried pennyroyal and rue are available in the bulk spice section of many natural food stores. Substitute Nuoc Mam or oriental fish sauce if your neighbours object to you making garum at home Tongue

Defrutum is a syrup made from must, the unfermented product of crushing wine grapes. If you're lucky enough to know a winemaker, you can make your own, but you can make a substitute by boiling down grape juice to the consistency of syrup.

Traditionally, Romans boiled down must in lead pans. As we know, lead is poisonous; a symptom of lead poisoning is a gradual loss of taste, which may explain why so many of their dishes were so strongly seasoned.
Iulia Sempronia (Sara Urdahl)
Officium ante Proprium Bonum

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