Aria showing her famous chocolate cup in middle grade adventure "Enigma in Rome"

A Culinary Adventure to Ancient Rome with Aria & Liam

Hey there, fellow adventurers! 🌍 Aria here, and boy, do I have a treat for you today! We're not just going to travel through time – we're diving headfirst into the delicious world of Ancient Rome. 🍽️🕒 Picture this: me in my best toga and Liam, begrudgingly, dusting off his sandals. Why? Because we're about to feast like Roman Emperors, and you, my friend, are invited to join the banquet!

Illustration of a Roman banquet

Imagine we're in Ancient Rome, the sun setting over the Colosseum, ready to dine with Julius Caesar himself. But here's a twist – in one of our wild adventures, we discovered Aria's (that's me!) very famous hot chocolate. It's got a secret ingredient that... well, let's just say it could put an entire banquet to sleep! Curious? You'll have to read our book to find out which ingredient I'm talking about. 😉 Now, let's embark on a culinary time travel, experiencing history not just through the eyes but through taste!


The Staples of a Roman Banquet

Ancient Rome was all about those lavish spreads. Imagine tables groaning under the weight of fruits, nuts, bread, and more. Today, we're zeroing in on dishes that are not just delicious (delish!) but also super fun and easy to whip up. So, grab your aprons, because we're about to get cooking, Roman style!


Roman Bread: The Edible Utensil

Ancient Rome bread

First up, Roman bread! Did you know that Romans often used bread to scoop up their food? Yup, no forks needed – talk about eco-friendly!



Libum: The Ancient Cheesecake

Next, let's talk about libum. This isn't just any cheesecake; it's a cheesecake that has been around for over 2000 years! I'll guide you through a kid-friendly recipe, including some easy swaps for those hard-to-find ingredients. Libum had a special place in Roman rituals and feasts, and now, it can have a special place in your kitchen too!

Libum Recipe (Ancient Roman Cheesecake)

Libum: Ancient rome desert recipe


  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 8 ounces of ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon of honey, plus extra for drizzling
  • Bay leaves (optional, for authenticity)



  1. Preheat the Oven: Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). This will ensure it's at the perfect temperature by the time you're ready to bake.
  1. Mix Ingredients: In a bowl, combine the ricotta cheese and the beaten egg. Mix them together until you get a smooth consistency. Then, gradually add the flour to the mixture, continuing to stir until it's fully incorporated.
  1. Form the Libum: Take the dough and form it into a small round cake, about 1 to 2 inches thick. Ancient Romans would traditionally bake Libum on fresh bay leaves to add flavor, so if you have them, place bay leaves on a baking sheet and then the libum on top.
  1. Bake: Place the libum (with or without bay leaves) in the oven and bake for about 30 to 40 minutes, or until it's golden and firm to the touch.
  1. Drizzle with Honey: Once the libum is baked, while still warm, drizzle it generously with honey for sweetness.
  1. Serve and Enjoy: Libum was often offered to the gods, but today, it makes a wonderful dessert or snack. Serve it warm or at room temperature, perhaps with a bit more honey or fresh fruit on the side. 

More Than Just Food: A Cultural Experience

But it's not just about the food. It's about the stories these dishes tell us – about the customs, the people, and the daily life of Ancient Romans. It's fascinating to think about how different, or maybe even similar, our meals are today.

Eating Etiquette: Do as the Romans Do

And just for fun, let's talk Roman dining etiquette. Ever tried eating lying down on your side? Well, now's your chance! It's all part of the experience, diving into history with all our senses.

Time-Traveler's Challenge

I challenge you, my fellow adventurers, to whip up your own libum. Share your culinary conquests, pictures, or stories with us on social media (don’t forget to tag us!). It's not just about cooking; it's about bringing a piece of history into your home, making memories (and maybe a little mess) along the way.

Julius Caesar cheering with two Roman senators in "Aria & Liam: Enigma in Rome"


So, what do you say? Are you ready to channel your inner Caesar, to dive into some scrumptious history? Let's get those ovens preheated and our history books open – because today, we're not just making memories, we're baking them! 🍞🍰

Until next time, keep your taste buds curious and your time machines ready! Catch you in the past—or over a slice of libum! 🗡️🛡️

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Aria & Liam in Enigma in Rome

Do you want to see how our adventure with Julius Caesar turned out? It was EPIC! We almost didn't make it back to Sommetville.

You'll need to read 'Enigma in Rome' to find out what happened!

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