--- In Apicius@yahoogroups.com, sallygrain@... wrote:
I am working on theories that towns and cities in Italy may have been able to buy many of
the basic sauces and pastes already ground ready for use and so the need for a typical
mortar is reduced to just?the larger houses.?
Dear Sally, Your theory--not surprisingly!--is one well worthy of consideration; it will be
interesting to see how, if indeed it can, be proved. My personal hope: the giant piles of
scrap paper(yrus) which are still being sorted out and deciphered in Egypt. This is where,
perhaps, if we are lucky, we'll find epigraphic evidence of a "prepared spice mix" dealer,
either in a law suit, or a bill of sale, or....who knows what? If we're so lucky, then we'll just
be back in the fix of asking...is this just an Egyptian thing, or what?
> I am going to post all the kitchen pics shortly.? Some stunning cooking platforms and
ovens.? The heat was vicious c.38C and the dust!!!??
Can't wait. It was hot enough in Vienna, the most southern point I got to this time; can't
even imagine what it was like in Naples, and don't want to. The two times I was there were
November and February. But your pain will be our pleasure :>)