Lauren Hawkeye/Lauren Jameson is a writer, yoga newbie, knitting aficionado and animal lover who lives in the shadows of the great Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada. She's older than she looks--really--and younger than she feels--most of the time--and she loves to explore the journeys that take women through life in her stories. Hawkeye's stories include erotic historical, steamy paranormal, and hot contemporary. Make sure to check out her work as Lauren Jameson, where her erotic romances take a walk on the wild side.
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When doing research for the books My Wicked Gladiators and Seduced by the Gladiator, I was surprised to find out that their diets consisted of a lot of foods that we eat today. Somehow I had had a mental picture of the Empire subsisting on grapes, bread and of course wine.
There is a scene in Seduced that is set at a banquet, and I had to use my imagination to make it sound palatable. While research had taught me basic “ingredients”—fruits like apples and pears, nuts like pistachios and filberts, pork, a wild variety of vegetables—I truly didn’t have any idea of dishes that might have been served.
Just recently, I came across a catalog of Ancient Roman recipes from Carnegie Mellon. How helpful this would have been!
Courtesy of that website, http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~mjw/recipes/ethnic/historical/ant-rom-coll.html, here is an Ancient Roman recipe that sounds palatable. I’m going to try it. How about you?
PATINA DE PIRIS (Pear Soufflee)
(Apic. 4, 2, 35)
1kg pears (peeled and without core)
4 tblsp honey
100ml Passum (raisin wine)
a little bit oil
50ml Liquamen, or 1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cumin
ground pepper to taste
Mesh cooked and peeled pears (without core) together with pepper,cumin,
honey, Passum, Liquamen and a bit of oil. Add eggs and put into a
casserole. Cook approximately 30 minutes on small to moderate heat.
Serve with a bitt of pepper sprinkled on the soufflee.
Author Lauren Hawkeye returns to Ancient Rome in her second erotic romance featuring sexy, fierce gladiators—and the women they love.
Lilia is the rarest of commodities—a champion female gladiator. But success has come with a price: shunned by her peers and desired by hateful men like Gaius, the brother of the emperor, Lilia is at the mercy of those around her. Only her heart is impenetrable.
After Christus, a warrior with the body of a god, is sold to the ludus that owns Lilia, she finds herself forced to defend her position and to guard her body and heart against the erotic sensations only he can bring. Beneath the tantalizing flesh of the gladiator, Lilia finds a man determined to protect her, to love her.
But when Gaius reveals a challenge for the gladiators of Rome—an epic battle to the death—Christus and Lilia must fight to win their freedom, their lives . . . and each other.
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