In the year group I teach, half of the school year is dedicated to studying Ancient Roman life in social studies.
Today, my class celebrated all we’ve learned with a Roman Feast!
I can do feast.
I can do feast all day long.
My day of feasting began with the most decadent breakfast.
Whole Grain Strawberry Pancakes with Nutella Sauce
- 1 cup and 1 Tbsp. whole grain pancake mix
- 1 cup plain kefir (or buttermilk or half yogurt/half milk)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup ripe strawberries
- nearly empty jar of nutella
- splash of milk
- Mix the pancake ingredients and let rest for 20 minutes.
- Heat a non-stick pan on medium heat. Spoon 1/4 cup pancake batter onto the hot pan.
- Once the edges begin to harden and bubbles form in the batter, flip over and cook the other side.
- Put a splash of milk in an almost empty nutella jar and microwave for 20 seconds. Stir well and let sit a minute to thicken.
- Top pancakes with fresh strawberries and drizzle with the sauce.
These were so good they made me slow down and make a “mmmmnnh” sound with each bite!
Each and every bite was perfect!
The school day started with a math test but quickly found its way to a party of Roman proportions!
Quick Facts About Roman Feasts
- The Romans loved to show off their wealth through the food they served at their amazing feasts.
- Commonly served food included exotic choices such as pig nipples, calve brains, snails, swans, crows, horses, peacocks and mice.
- At feasts, the Romans ate until they were sick.
- Some homes even had special rooms for people to be sick in.
- Once a Roman was sick, they went back to carry on eating.
- The Romans ate in courses, similar to fancy dinner parties today.
- Eating was conducted while laying down on large sofas which resemble beds.
I have the best parents in the school. I put out a list of feast items about 2 weeks ago, and today, we had a feast prepared for us!
The parents provided bread, green beans, salad, grapes, cheese, radishes, ham, olives, asparagus, dates, pea pods, cherries, hard boiled eggs, grape “wine” and even a modern day “field mice” dish.
She cut chicken breast into mice shapes then wrapped them in bacon and sage, just like the Romans!
I passed the mice and other meat dishes but my plate was still full and I ended up with a Roman-worthy stuffed stomach!
We had such a lovely feast outside in the shade. The kids dressed up in togas and behaved like rich Romans. It was a blast!
The feasting continued after lunch when we had a good-bye party for one of the students who is leaving after this school year.
His parents came in with tons of fruit and the most delicious strawberry tarts.
The little boy’s grandmother woke up extra early this morning to hand-make these beauties.
They tasted even better than they look.
You might not think that’s possible, but it is.
The school day carried on without eating for about 3 hours… but then the feasting continued at home in the form of a pre-workout protein punch.
It may have been almost a week since my last visit, but I still gave my all at the gym today.
A little bit of strength training and a lot a bit of cardio. I was one sweaty lady.
Dinner was a quick one.
Salad with tomato and balsamic vinegar, steamed pea pods and a sweet potato with cinnamon and almond butter.
Mmm… cinnamon and almond butter… tastes like Thanksgiving!
Who does this remind you of? My favorite Pea Family.
That will do it for my feasting today. I’d better stop before I have to find the sick room.