Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Did they even have tigers in ancient Egypt?

I received a holiday card from the Archaeological Institute of America with a recipe for "Tiger Nut Sweets - A Taste of Ancient Egypt." Supposedly, it is an ancient Egyptian culinary treat, recorded on an ostraca (inscribed piece of pottery) from 1600 BCE. For your dining pleasure:

Tiger Nut Sweets
1 cup fresh dates, pits removed
1/4 cup water
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1 1/2 cups honey
1 cup almonds, finely ground

Chop dates into small pieces and blend in water. Add cinnamon and chopped walnuts, and roll into balls. Dip each ball in a bowl of honey and roll until fully covered. Remove with a spoon and roll in ground almonds. Place on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper until ready to serve. Refridgerate if not serving immediately. The sweets may also be rolled in powdered sugar to make them easier to handle.

Happy Holidays!

1 comment:

  1. Oh, man. You should have an ancient recipes theme party. We can have this one...and...um...bread?