Twitter User Cooks 4,000-Year-Old Recipes Amid Lockdown, See Results

Twitter user dug up some of the world’s oldest recipes and tried making them at home.


  • Lockdown creativity got a new lease of life with this Twitter thread
  • A man dug up 4,000-year-old recipes from Mesopotamia
  • He experimented with them in his own kitchen, see viral thread

If there’s one thing that the lockdown has provided us, it has to be the time and freedom of experimentation in the kitchen. Be it Dalgona coffee or Banana bread – we have seen a number of innovative and exciting recipes go viral in this period. We also heard the news of various ingredients and foods being retrieved from the bottom of the freezer to finally be put into use. One such Twitter user actually went and retrieved a 4,000-year-old recipe and tried making it at home during lockdown. Take a look at his viral tweet:

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The user, @Bill_Sutherland, recreated some of the world’s oldest recipes from 1730 BC. These are recipes by the Babylonians and Assyrians in Mesopotamia, which is present-day Iraq and also includes parts of Syria and Turkey. The world’s oldest known recipes have been written on stone tablets, and then translated by experts in the field. However, these recipes are unlike anything you would have ever read. These are simple instructions condensed into just four lines, without any mention of quantities of ingredients to be used or the specific methods. Thus, a lot is left to the cook’s imagination in these intriguing old recipes.

The dishes that Sutherland chose to make in his six-tweet long Twitter thread ranged from a lamb stew to an ancient broth called Tuh’u. He shared the pictures of the dishes that he prepared along with the ancient recipes from Mesopotamia. Take a look: 

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The Twitter thread soon went viral on the micro-blogging website, garnering over 51k likes and counting. People poured in their reactions to the old recipes as well as their recreations. Take a look at some of the comments to the thread:

Would you try these age-old recipes at home? Tell us in the comments below!

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Furloughed from her job, she's now the 'Lasagna Lady' who cooks free meals for first responders and friends

So far, she has made more than 1,275 pans of lasagna for friends, neighbors, first responders, and anyone in need of a good fresh meal — without charging anyone.

For Brenner, this is a labor of love, and she has no plans to stop.

“I knew it was my time in my life to give back to the people who paved life’s path for me to have the 45 years of life that I’ve had,” she told CNN.

Brenner, who moved to Gig Harbor, Washington, about six years ago, was furloughed from work at a menswear store after Covid-19 hit. She quickly realized that she is not very good at sitting around.

She said she decided she wanted to help elderly members of her community and those who could not get out and shop for themselves because of the pandemic.

So, she signed up to work as a shopper for Instacart. She only spent two days working with the grocery delivery app — but during that time she noticed one item her customers kept asking for: frozen lasagna.

One of those customers was a man in his nineties. Brenner said when she delivered the frozen lasagna and other items to him, he confessed to her that he had not had any fresh food in nearly a month and a half.

That moment inspired Brenner to do some grocery shopping of her own, and pick up the ingredients to make her family a fresh lasagna based on her grandmother’s recipe.

“Frozen lasagna is not a treat,” she said. “I am not a fan of frozen lasagna. I’m very Italian.”

After her dish came out of the oven, Brenner jumped on Facebook to do what so many others have done throughout quarantine: Share her home cooked meal on social media. In her post, Brenner offered to make her lasagna and deliver it free of charge to anyone who wanted one.

Michelle Brenner's lasagna ready to eat

When she received enough requests, she went to the store and spent her $1,200 stimulus check on ingredients and started cooking.

She made more than 130 lasagnas, and distributed them to those who requested it for free.

“The whole point of this is to spread that sense of community wherever we can through the comfort of lasagna,” she said. “So, I don’t want anybody to feel disincluded because reality is there are people out there who can’t afford a dollar.”

A one-woman operation

This is a one-woman operation. Brenner spends eight to 14 hours per day doing all the cooking herself. She spent the last 90 days working without a day off.

“Many of us go to work and want to go home right away… and I never had that feeling,” she said of her recent cooking endeavor.

Brenner started the operation in her own home, pushing her kitchen to its limit and setting up a contactless food pantry in her front yard.

Food pantry Michelle Brenner set up in her front yard

Recently, she said she was given free use of a commercial kitchen at the Gig Harbor Sportsman’s club, allowing her to grow her operation.

The process of distributing the lasagnas has allowed Brenner to see the impact of her work first hand.

One family, she said, cried when she arrived on Easter because without the lasagna and other treats, they told her they did not have enough money to celebrate the holiday this year. Another man Brenner fed told her he had recently lost both his father and young son to Covid-19. One woman told Brenner she donated lasagna to the nurses taking care of her mother in an Alzheimer’s ward.

Brenner said she feels her lasagna delivers more than just nutrition: It creates an opportunity for family members to bond.

“That’s a family meal, that’s time to sit together, that’s memories making, that’s conversations,” she said. “It’s something you’ll remember the rest of your life.”

Michelle Brenner

Although she distributes the lasagnas for free, many in her community wanted to chip in. They decided to organize a series of fundraisers online to help Brenner keep the operation going. Over the last nine weeks, Brenner said they raised more than $23,000 for her — which translated into 1,275 pans of lasagna.

While Brenner does not know what will happen when her furlough ends, she said she does not plan to stop making lasagna for others. She called the experience of making lasagna for her community “a dream come true.”

“People say ‘are you tired?'” Brenner said, “and I go, ‘you know, I don’t have time to think about that, I have lasagna to make.'”