E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Salacacabia or Salacacaby of Apicius.
An uneatable soup of great pretensions. King, in his Art of Cookery, gives the recipe of this soup: Bruise in a mortar parsley-seed, dried peneryal, dried mint, ginger, green coriander, stoned raisins, honey, vinegar, oil, and wine. Put them into a cacabulum, with three crusts of Pycentine bread, the flesh of a pullet, vestine cheese, pine-kernels, cucumbers, and dried onions, minced small; pour soup over all, garnish with snow, and serve up in the cacabulum.
At each end there are dishes of the salacacabia of the Romans: one is made of parsley, penny-royal, cheese, pinetops, honey, vinegar, brine, eggs, cucumbers, onions, and hen-livers; the other is much the same as soup maigre.Smollett: Peregrine Pickle.