The 4 earliest recorded food recipes…Beer, Nettles, Pyes and Wild Boar…

I am taking part in the April Ultimate Blog Challenge which is a daily blog post for the month of April…A post with a prompt will be issued for each day where you can go with the prompt or a post of your choosing…

The prompt today was Great Things that come in Fours!

You couldn’t make this up…@ numero 1…It is Beer…I could make any number of comments here but I won’t …Beer it is…

two beer glasses full to the top with a nice head

Image by RitaE from Pixabay

The  British, the Europeans, The Australians probably all think they have the monopoly on beer and its origins but…

Did you know? China is the largest producer and consumer of beer in the world?

In 2004, a separate archaeological team excavated two subterranean pits in Mijiaya, a site on a tributary of the Wei River in the Shaanxi Province. The pits, measuring about 12 feet (3.7 meters) and 8.5 feet (2.6 meters) deep, each housed a variety of clay artefacts, including wide-mouth pots, funnels, and narrow-mouthed vessels with a pointed bottom. Many of these artefacts had yellow residue on the inside surface.

The archaeologists also found the remains of a primitive stove in each pit. Based on the unique pottery style, the team deduced that the containers were likely from the late Yangshao period, which dates to between 3,500 and 2,900 B.C.

Coming in at number two are nettles…In 6000 B.C. nettles were used in cooking and a recipe dating back to there was uncovered by the University of Wales Institute during a 2007 investigation although they think that they could have been used as much as 2000 years earlier …



Dr Ruth Faichild explains how the nettles were used in the recipe…


Coming in at number 3 in 1700 BC...It was the Meat Pye…most probably not a meat pie as we know them now but a meat pie…History of the meat Pie…

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It was the English who introduced the pye to Americans who are now quite famous for their Apple pies although I wouldn’t want to be judge between the ladies of either country if it came to a decision…as to the best Apple Pie…

The pye from as far back as the Romans when it was crude flour and water wrapped around meat and game before cooking and no way would you eat it…it was to retain meat juices and that was all sometimes even reeds were used to encase and cook the meat.

Over time pastry was enriched with fat and milk and began to vaguely resemble today’s shortcrust pasty.


Lastly at number 4 was the wild boar...The food and sport of ancient kings…In Roman times it was cleaned, sprinkled with salt and cumin then left until the next day when it was cooked and seasoned with black pepper…It was served with honey sauce or reduced wine sauces…

wild boar foraging in woods

It is still around now, in fact, we have many in Thailand although I haven’t heard much about hunting and eating them here although in the very rural villages then maybe they do…

Boar hunts were the realm of kings in the middle ages, but not quarries to be taken lightly.  “A charging boar is considered exceptionally dangerous quarry, due to its thick hide and dense bones, making anything less than a kill shot a potentially deadly mistake. Hunters have reported being butted up into trees by boars that have already taken a glancing shot.”

“Unlike the Romans for whom hunting boar was considered a simple pastime, the hunting of boars in Medieval Europe was mostly done by nobles for the purpose of honing the martial skill. It was traditional for the noble to dismount his horse once the boar was cornered and to finish it with a dagger. To increase the challenge, some hunters would commence their sport at the boars mating season, when the animals were more aggressive. Records show that wild boar were abundant in medieval Europe. This is correlated by documents from noble families and the clergy demanding tribute from commoners in the form of boar carcasses or body parts. In 1015 for example, the doge Ottone Orseolo demanded for himself and his successors the head and feet of every boar killed in his area of influence.

In this period, because of the lack of efficient weapons such as guns, the hunting of boars required a high amount of courage, and even the French king Philip IV died from falling off his horse when charged by a boar.”

Thank you for reading Day 4 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge …

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on 


Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology:

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx




3 thoughts on “The 4 earliest recorded food recipes…Beer, Nettles, Pyes and Wild Boar…

  1. Pingback: CarolCooks2…Weekly catchup…Plastic, Cloud Eggs, B3, Komoto Dragons and Dare to Dream! | Retired? No one told me!

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