Sohla Makes the Oldest Recipe in the World (…maybe?) | Ancient Recipes With Sohla

In this episode, Sohla goes all the way back to the Stone Age to recreate the oldest* recipe ever: a nettle and barley pudding.

*Maybe? It’s really, really old, so we’re going with it!


– 1 bunch of sorrel
– 1 bunch watercress
– 1 bunch of dandelion leaves
– Some chives
– 1 cup of barley – soaked
– Some Venison
– Beef Bung

1. Chop up the herbs & weeds. Crush & mash the barley with a mortar & pestle. Chop the venison until finely minced.
2. Using a spoon, mix all of the ingredients together until well combined. Add a little water to combine the mixture, if necessary.
3. Stuff the beef bung with the venison & herb mixture. Tie off each end of the stuffed bung with a string & cut off the excess bung.
4. In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add the stuffed beef bung & cook until the meat is done.

Ancient Recipes with Sohla takes the food you know and love and traces it back to its origins. In each episode, Sohla El-Waylly details the surprising history of some of our favorite dishes as she attempts to recreate the original version using historical cooking techniques and ingredients. Along the way, Sohla highlights the differences between the ancient recipe and how we would prepare the modern version today.


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