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Recipe for Sauce for sea bream

by Apicius X, II, 14

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Original recipe:



  • A pinch of:
    • peppercorns
    • lovage
    • caraway seeds
    • celery seeds
    • dried onion
  • 1 drop asafoetida essence
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) wine
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) passum
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) vinegar
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil
  • 1 tsp (5ml) garum
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) cornflour


  • Grind together the pepper, lovage, caraway, celery seed and dried onion in a bowl
  • Moisten with a drop of asafoetida essence and add the wine, passum, vinegar, olive oil and garum.
  • Put the mixture in a saucepan, blend in the cornflour and heat until boiling, stirring all the time.
  • Remove from heat when the sauce has thickened, and serve with sea bream
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