radish carvings

npr.org
What Did Ancient Romans Eat? New Novel Serves Up Meals And Intrigue
In ancient Rome, food was a bargaining chip for position for slaves and nobles alike. At the center of Feast Of Sorrow is real-life nobleman Apicius, who inspired the oldest surviving cookbook.

Marcus Gavius Apicius purchased me on a day hot enough to fry sausage on the market stones.“

So begins the tale of Thrasius, the fictional narrator of Feast of Sorrow. Released this week, the novel is based on the real life of ancient Roman noble Marcus Gavius Apicius, who is thought to have inspired and contributed to the world’s oldest surviving cookbook, a ten-volume collection titled Apicius.

But it is Crystal King’s Feast of Sorrow that brings readers into the kitchens of ancient Rome, where nobles and slaves jockeyed for position by using food as bargaining chips for personal and professional advancement — whether it’s the radishes that Thrasius carves into roses for his lady love and fellow slave, Passia, or the pig-shaped pastries stuffed with ham that he makes to delight the dinner guests of his gluttonous master. For Thrasius, relocating from the countryside to the metropolis also means the coveted opportunity to cook, and serve, the exotic animals killed by Roman gladiators: bears, tigers, rhinoceros.

signs as weird Christmas traditions i've heard of

Aries- A Christmas pickle is hung on the tree hidden and the first to find it gets an extra special present.

Taurus- Krampus. ;-;

Gemini- Leaving out beer and a cigar for Santa.

Cancer- Celebrating it on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas Day.

Leo- Hiding your brooms on Christmas Eve so the witches don’t steal them.

Virgo- Zoos dressing their penguins in Christmas costumes.

Libra- Eating at KFC for Christmas.

Scorpio- Watching stupid Christmas movies.

Sagittarius- A log pooping presents when the recipient hits it with a stick.

Capricorn- Making radish carvings.

Aquarius- The Yule Cat eating your child if you don’t get them a new shirt. :’)

Pisces- Hanging spiderwebs on the Christmas tree.