How To Cook A Unicorn!

Spiral horned Unicorn - how to cook a unicorn

Apparently the best way to cook a Unicorn is to marinade it in garlic and cloves and roast in on a griddle… Just in case you ever wondered and were looking for something a little exotic to serve at your next dinner party!

The British Library has discovered a medieval cookbook that contains recipes and instructions on how to cook a Unicorn, Blackbirds, Hedgehogs and other various beasties. The book has been sought after for years and Professor Brian Trump of the British Medieval Cookbook Project described the discovery as “near-miraculous”.

“We’ve been hunting for this book for years. The moment I first set my eyes on it was spine-tingling.”

unicorn on the grill how to cook a unicornDescribed as the ‘Heston Blumenthal’ of his day it is believed that this cookbook was put together by Geoffrey Fule a chef in the kitchens of Philippa of Hainault, Queen of England (1328-1369).

It is also speculated that this is where the English nursery rhyme “Sing a song of sixpence / A pocket full of rye / Four-and-twenty blackbirds / Baked in a pie.” comes from.

lady bringing unicorns head to the table - how to cook a unicorn


I wonder how he would suggest cooking a Dragon? Perhaps in a pitta with a bit of salad? Dragon Kebab anyone?

Seriously though, this is an interesting find and the illustrations depicting how to cook and serve the majestic beast are beautiful. I love that Unicorns were even a potential subject (though I would personally probably object to trying one).

Though the real question is this – If Unicorns are a mythical animal, then why is there a recipe for how to cook one?

What do you think? Would Unicorn make your menu? 

All images and quotes taken from the British Library here. Apart from the top image which came from here.

Susie McBeth

Susie McBeth is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Nerd Like You.   Susie is a comic book reading, anime loving, superhero obsessed, writer, editor, artist, gamer, occasional supervillain and all round very nerdy girl.   When not working on content for NLY and sneakily fitting in the odd zombie kill, she can be found writing entertainment posts for national news entertainment site The Metro as well as writing guest posts for Bit Rebels and a plethora of other sites (Google will tell you all).   She also writes books - including the recent How to become a Supervillain in 10 easy steps.

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