Monday, December 11, 2006

Roman Holiday Party

"The Boar's Head"
Originally uploaded by Chez VH.
The Latin Club "Dies Festus MMVI" sponsored by the Dead Language Latin Club of the Greater Milwaukee Catholic Home Educators (boy is that a mouthful!) was a great success. The food, the costumes and the skits were all wonderful and we sure enjoyed the privilege of hosting, though all the planning, activities and food preparation were done by the students themselves - and what a marvelous job they did!

Ria has an extensive post about the party here.

Here are some of the foods we had at the feast including links to recipes I was able to find (more coming).

  • Grape Juice
  • Almonds
  • Figs
  • Dates
  • Cheese (I'm not sure what kind we had)
  • Fava Beans
  • Ham (one of my nephews carved the ham into the Boar's Head pictured above)
  • Red Wine Sauce for the Ham (the alcohol, of course, is cooked off - I'm hoping that "coyote" will share the recipe with us - it was quite good!)
  • Custards
  • Libum

Of course we had to sing The Boar's Head Carol in honor of the centerpiece. There was a costume contest and a team skit contest based on portions of the Aeneid (this is a regular feature of their club meetings).

I thought it was particularly interesting to celebrate the party in presence of a relic of St. Matthew (which was given to us a few years ago). Rather appropriately, we also had a handful of ancient Roman coins (after all, Matthew was a tax collector).


Kristen Laurence said...

Looks and sounds wonderful! Can you speak Latin?? I found your site through a link of a link, and I believe I had brunch at your brother and sister-in-law's home in Fillmore, CA a while back. My husband and I are also TAC grads.

Love2Learn Mom said...

That sounds right and I'll bet it was delicious!

I speak only a little; I'm definitely better at reading. I've been teaching Henle I for a few years now in our homeschool co-op. Amazing how the students can pass up the teacher - all in all it works out rather well.