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History Cookbook: Boar, Scallop & Mushroom Kebabs (Paleolithic)

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Healthiness : (92 votes)
Difficulty:  3 out of 5 difficulty
Comments: Working on an open fire can be dangerous. The sticks need to be pushed well into the ground to stop them falling over on the ground or fire. Care should be taken when threading the food onto the sticks, as they are sharp.
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This Paleolithic recipe reflects hunted and gathered food, cooked in a very simple way. Cooking on sticks (skewers in our case) was a method of cooking used long before cooking pots had been developed. The food would have been roasted close to, but not in, the fire. A stick grid could be made to lay food on or the food could simply be threaded onto sticks like our kebabs.

To cook this dish yourself follow the link to the modern version.

For images of the cooking process see our Wild boar, Scallop and Mushroom Kebabs

With thanks to Steve and Jo Parish  of Past Alive for their help with this podcast.


  • 1 (approx 450 gm or 1 lb) wild boar loin joint
  • 6-8 scallops
  • 3-4 oyster mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon honey, preferably runny
  • Equipment
    • Twigs to make skewers
    • Sharp knife
    Making and cooking it
    Always wash your hands before preparing food Always wash your hands before preparing food.

    1. Lift the scallops from their shells. They are attached by a little 'foot', just pull this away
    2. Rinse the scallops thoroughly to remove any sand and leave to drain
    3. Cut the meat into large chunks with a sharp knife
    4. Rinse the mushrooms and leave to drain
    5. Thread the pork, mushrooms and scallops onto the skewers
    6. Grill near the fire, turning regularly
    7. When they are almost cooked, pour a little runny honey over them
    8. Serve hot
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    Name: Stan 18th January 2015
    This is a marvelous, practical example!
    Thanks for the upload.
    I will be doing a prehistoric fruit/salad kebab activity with my class this week.
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Name: Kristin 13th February 2013
    Oh lovely! The video is back on. I checked back for awhile and didn't find it and now I was going to recommend this wonderful page for a friend and it is back. Thank you much.
    Name: Kristin 11th October 2011
    Oh, how disappointing. The video is not for the recipe posted but linked to the fire-making video. Could this be corrected? Sorry you have been disappointed, this is a bug and our technical team are now working on it. As soon as it can be resolved, we will import the file. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. The Cookit Team
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