# Alchemy in a Tin Kit

As usually happens when rummaging through one's grandparents' attic, I unwittingly discovered a seemingly ancient papyrus manuscript. It was stored in an old tin box along with some utensils. I carefully removed and unfolded the paper and this is what I saw: What could it be?

This is

a "cookbook" of sorts! If you replace each element with its symbol (and the two backwards elements with their symbols backwards), you can anagram each group to get an Italian food:

Bi S Te C Ca
F Ag I O Li
La S Ag Na
mA C Ar O Ni
Ra V I O Li
S P Ag H eT Ti

The black shapes above each group are the silhouettes of the food being made.

• Nice! And just for completion, what is the significance of the black shapes? And the title?
– cap
May 20 at 3:16
• @cap Ah, added the shapes. Not sure about the title, though...
– Deusovi
May 20 at 3:31
• rot13(V guvax gur gvgyr vf fbzr nantenz, cbffvoyl ZL VGNYVNA XVGPURA) May 20 at 8:51