|08:35 pm - What would a cardinal eat?|
Today Pope Benedict XVI has abdicated and the cardinals all travel to Rome, to go into conclave and choose a successor. There is an Italian cookery book from 1570 from a cook that witnessed at least one conclave and served at least two popes in his career, Bartolomeo Scappi. The latest historical recipe is from this cookbook, and it is for a sweet tourte that was very much liked by Pope Julius III, who was chosen at the conclave of 1549-1550.
I have to warn you: although it is a very filling dish, you will find it difficult to stop eating.