Scholars have found a collection of food recipes dating back to the twelfth-century, making them the oldest western medieval culinary recipes known to exist. How good they are will be revealed later this month when Durham University has them recreated during a special lecture on medieval food.

The newly-discovered food recipes from a manuscript that was written at Durham Cathedral’s priory around 1140. Although it mainly consists of medical potions the work also contains recipes about preparing various sauces and cooking a chicken.

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