September 14, 2007

Roast Hedgehog, anyone?

Here's a fairly interesting news item about the cuisine of Ancient Britain, dating back to 6,000 B.C. It's a fun piece, but I'd be interested to know who the "food experts and archaeologists" are that they talked to and what their sources were. There's actually quite a bit you can say about the diets of ancient cultures based on archaeological evidence (fossilized seeds and pollen, burnt food left on cooking vessels, etc), although I'm not sure where they got these "8000 year old" recipes, given that writing did not yet exist in Britain at that time, or anywhere else for that matter.

Traditional English Cooking: nettle pudding and other ancient recipes
, via the Daily Mail.

Anyone daring enough to take on the recipes? The garum sounds pretty tasty.

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