A TASTE of history will be on the menu thanks to the discovery of recipes almost 900 years old.
The newly-found 12th-century recipes from a Durham priory manuscript have been found to pre-date the earliest known ones by 150 years.
Now, Durham University will be putting the recipes to the test by trying to recreate the dishes.
The Latin manuscript, now held at Cambridge University, mainly consists of recipes for medical ointments and cures. It was compiled and written at Durham Cathedral’s priory in about 1140.
The work was recently re-examined and found to contain the food recipes, which experts believe are among the oldest in the western medieval culinary tradition, preceding the previously known examples from circa 1290. Read more.