The Daily Mail has a piece today about Britain's stone age diet. You might think it was pretty much the same as todays diet, but perhaps with fewer crisps and no Violet Crumble, but you'd be wrong.
In fact, nettle pudding - a mix of barley, nettles, sorrel, dandelion greens, and chives mixed with water - was yesterday declared the oldest recipe in Britain. By whom? You might well ask, as I did, but you won't get an answer from the Daily Mail who neglected to source the honor.
Of course Stone-Age Brits didn't survive entirely on vegetarian fare. No, the mighty hunters of the Sceptered Isle also feasted on the most dangerous game - that's right, they ate hedeghog. OK, maybe not the most dangerous game, but you could get a really nasty little nip from one of those vicious things. Apparently, my ancestors feasted on this wild game by roasting it simply in a grass wrap.
You can find recipes not only for nettle pudding and for roast hedgehog, but also for Roman-era garum (great if you like rotting fish bits), barley bread, meat pudding, and a good looking smoky fish stew in the article here.
I'd suggest that in the interest of avoiding any unfortunate incidents, pet shops all around Britain ban the sale of hedgehogs for the next few days...