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Recipe for In ovis hapalis
(Soft-Boiled Eggs
with Pine Nut Sauce)

The recipe can be used as an apetizer for mealtimes

By Apicius, 7.17.3

Original recipe: In ovis hapalis: piper, ligustcum, nucleos infusos. Suffundes mel, acetum; liquamine temperabis.

Translation: For soft-boiled eggs: pepper, soaked pine nuts. Add honey and vinegar and mix with garum.


  • 4 Eggs
  • 40g Pine-Nuts
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1 tbsp Red-Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • Lovage
  • 1 tbsp Garum


The Sauce

  • Soak the pine nuts overnight in water.
  • Then drain and grind them finely in a blender or pound them in a large mortar. Add the pepper, honey and garum.
  • Heat the sauce in a bain-marie.

The Eggs

  • Meanwhile put the eggs into a pan of cold water and bring to the boil. Let them cook for 3½ minutes, then take them off the heat, plunge them into cold water and peel them carefully. The outer edge of the egg white must be firm, but it must be soft inside.
  • Put the eggs, left whole, into a deep serving bowl and pour over the sauce. Serve.
    >>This recipe can be adapted easily to other eggs, such as quail's eggs. In that case keep an eye on the cooking-time: a quail's egg will be firm in 1 minute.
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