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Folklore, Food & Fairytales

Folklore, Food & Fairytales

By Rachel Mosses
A storytelling podcast featuring stories with recipes and food history connected to each episode's story. Is the food in fairytales and folklore really symbolic or does it just make the tale relatable? Food and stories have their own rituals and feed different parts of us. If you had to choose between the two, could you? How is the history of food tied into stories? Will this podcast answer these questions or will there just be a great story and a highly tenuous link to a delicious recipe? You'll have to listen to find out.
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The Grateful Tartalo, The Erensugue and The Broad Bean Bounty
In which we discover that a Tartalo can actually be grateful, that every time you save a princess you need a new horse, a new outfit and a new sword and that you should always dispose of any dragon's heads responsibly. Additionally, we learn that you can know nothing about gardening and still grow beautiful vegetables and that it can take up to three days to kill a dragon. The story for this episode is The Grateful Tartalo and the Erensugue as adapted from Basque Legends With an Essay on the Basque Language - Wentworth Webster, 1879 The recipe for this episode is Slow Simmered Broad Beans with Egg If you would like to know a bit more about some of the links and books I used to research this episode you can find them at Further Reading. You can also find out more at Hestia's Kitchen which has all past episodes and the connected recipes on the blog.  If   you'd like to get in touch about the podcast you can find me on Twitter or Instagram at @FairyTalesFood.
31:02
June 8, 2021
The Boy Who Wanted More Cheese or The Gouda Gala
In which we discover that a cautionary tale can be sometimes ineffective, that lots of cheese actually can be too much of a good thing and that  you should never follow fairies anywhere. There is also excessive dancing, fairies, towers of cheese and many tiny sparkling lights. The story for this episode is The Boy Who Wanted More Cheese as told in Dutch Fairy Tales for Young Folks (1918) William Elliot Griffis The recipe for this episode is Eggy Bread, Chilli & Gouda Stack If you would like to know a bit more about some of the links and books I used to research this episode you can find them at Further Reading. You can also find out more at Hestia's Kitchen which has all past episodes and the connected recipes on the blog.  If  you'd like to get in touch about the podcast you can find me on Twitter or Instagram at @FairyTalesFood.
24:51
May 25, 2021
The Slippers of Twelve Princesses or The Flower Conspiracy
In which we discover that princesses aren't always heroines, that gardener's boys can be heroes and that being buried in flowers isn't necessarily a good thing. There are also fantastic forests of jewels, fairies, miraculous laurel trees, enchanted princes and the sheer joy to  be found in dancing. This tale for this episode is The Slippers of Twelve Princesses, it's a Romanian tale with some dark elements but its also beautiful in places  The episode recipe is Cauliflower Cheese, perfect cheesey comfort food for any occasion. If you want to find out anything about the books or links I mentioned in the podcast you can find them in Further Reading.  This is also where you would find more information about the history of flowers as food and other sources of information in this week's podcast. You can also find out more at Hestia's Kitchen which has all past episodes and the connected recipes on the blog.  If you'd like to get in touch about the podcast you can find me on Twitter or Instagram at @FairyTalesFood.
36:34
May 11, 2021
The Black Bull of Norroway or the Collop Catastrophe
In which we discover that life can be interesting if you accept the unusual, that a collop can be many things and that sometimes acquiring a prince can be a lot of effort. This tale also involves an amazing shoe collection, ice lakes, glass mountains, a prince who sleeps soundly, a bull with unlimited food and drink in his ears, magical fruit and incredible jewelry. This tale for this episode is The Black Bull of Norroway,  a wonderful and joyful folk tale with a moral that slaps you round the  face rather than whispering in your ear but it seems like an appropriate  one in these tricky times. The episode recipe is Bacon, Cheese & Mushroom Sandwich, excellent recovery food for the morning after the night before. If you want to find out anything about the books or links I mentioned in the podcast you can find them in Further Reading. This is also where you would find more information about the history of collops and other sources of information in this week's podcast. You can also find out more at Hestia's Kitchen which has all past episodes and the connected recipes on the blog.  If  you'd like to get in touch about the podcast you can find me on Twitter or Instagram at @FairyTalesFood.
30:35
April 27, 2021
Stone Soup or the Lohikeitto Confusion
In which we discover that without soup there would be no restaurants, that sharing can be joyful and that meeting a friend from the circus in an underground cask beer bar is one of the few things worth leaving a  Finnish meal for. We also find out that we were making soup long before we had invented pots to cook it in and when recipe books made the move from potage to soup. This tale for this episode is Stone Soup, a wonderful and joyful folk tale with a moral that slaps you round the face rather than whispering in your ear but it seems like an appropriate one in these tricky times. The episode recipe is Lohikeitto, a wonderful yet fast & simple Finnish Salmon & Potato Soup. If you want to find out anything about the books or links I mentioned in the podcast you can find them in Further Reading. This is also where you would find more information about the history of soup. You can also find out more at Hestia's Kitchen which has all past episodes and the connected recipes on the blog.  If you'd like to get in touch about the podcast you can find me on Twitter or Instagram at @FairyTalesFood.
19:53
April 13, 2021
The Golden Castle That Hung In The Air or The Secret of The Sandwich
In which we discover that castles can move, unicorns can be vicious, trolls aren't cautious and that you should always be prepared to give away a sandwich. A tale of stolen princesses, moving castles of precious metals, trolls, ravens, jealous brothers, waters of life & death, dragons, a unicorn, a lindworm, wild creatures and a golden ball. Episode Tale - The Golden Castle That Hung in The Air from Tales From the Fjeld Episode Recipe - Tomato Sandwich If you want to know more about anything discussed on this podcast you can visit the episode web page or visit Further Reading. You can also find out more at Hestia's Kitchen which has all past episodes and the connected recipes on the blog.  If  you'd like to get in touch about the podcast you can find me on Twitter or Instagram at @FairyTalesFood
40:49
March 30, 2021
Isabelluccia or An Astonishment of Apricots
In which we discover that betrayal is occasionally inevitable, sometimes  all you need is a magical new frock & a talking fish and that apricots can be the key to overcoming misfortune. A tale of magical  fruit, horror, betrayal, disguise, posh frocks and a King who is not  easily fooled but fairly easily persuaded. Episode Recipe - Apricot Crème Brulée If you want to know more about anything discussed on this podcast you can visit the episode web page or visit Further Reading. You can also find out more at Hestia's Kitchen which has all past episodes and the connected recipes on the blog.  If you'd like to get in touch about the podcast you can find me on Twitter or Instagram at @FairyTalesFood
25:56
March 16, 2021
Dear as Salt or A Fascination of Figs
In which we discover that you shouldn’t ask questions if you don’t want the answer, a shared love of food is an excellent foundation for a  relationship, figs can definitely surprise you and you can fit quite a lot in a candlestick. The story in this episode is 'Dear as Salt', an Italian folktale with a vain and arrogant king, 3 princesses, 1 prince, 2 clever queens, an inheritance battle and a giant silver candlestick.  There are also adventures, delicious banquets, food theft, a wedding, jewels, excellent advice and finally an apology. The episode recipe is Baked Figs with Gorgonzola, Walnuts & Honey Sauce There is also extended fig folklore, fig history, fig based ecosystems and historic fig based healing remedies.  If you want to know more about anything discussed on this podcast you can visit the Episode web page or visit Further Reading. You can also find out more at Hestia's Kitchen which has all past episodes and the connected recipes on the blog.  If  you'd like to get in touch about the podcast you can find me on Twitter or Instagram at @FairyTalesFood
25:00
March 2, 2021
The Clever Girl or the Capon Conspiracy
In which we discover that you can’t have a mortar without a pestle  especially if it’s gold, that kings make mistakes, the importance of clever queens and that even a capon can be symbolic. This is the glorious story of how a clever peasant girl attracts a prince, loses a prince, gains a king, loses a king and then outwits him.  It's an Italian folk tale but has variants all over the world. There are fairies (well one possibly), a golden mortar, capons, pasties and cake as well as a cart that gives birth to a foal, a man who can fish in the street. If you want to know how you can travel without walking or on animal back, be neither naked or clothed, hungry or fed or arrive by neither day or night then this is the story for you. If you would also like to know how capons fit in and how three cockerels are going to bring about the end of the world then stick around after the story for some fairytale analysis, folklore and a recipe for ambrosia. There is also this episode's recipe which is Stuffed Capon and comes from a 15th Century recipe book adapted for modern cooks. You can find a list of books, articles and web pages which contain more information about things contained in today's podcast in Further Reading. You can also find out more at Hestia's Kitchen which has all past episodes and the connected recipes on the blog.  If you'd like to get in touch about the podcast you can find me on Twitter or Instagram at @FairyTalesFood
30:12
February 16, 2021
The Punishment of Fairy Gangana or The Cream Cheese Imperative
In which we discover that fairies have some scary punishments, kings can have strange priorities and that you can be queen and still make excellent cream cheese. We also explore the world's smallest kingdom, find out what happens when fairies go bad and why you should always reward any household helpers even if you don't know who they are. The story in this episode is both whimsical and bizarre in the grand extravagant French style. This episode's story can be found in the Olive Fairy Book collected by Andrew & Leonora Lang This episode's recipe is Hot Spinach & Artichoke Dip  If you'd like to find any of the books or articles I mentioned or any of the books I read when researching this podcast they can be found in Further Reading
31:52
February 2, 2021
Two Little Pizzas or The Parsnip Problem
In which we discover what happens if you don’t share your pizzas, that  singing ducks make excellent messengers and how perfect parsnips can  keep memories alive. This is another fantastic story from Giambattista Basile’s Tale of  Tales. I have already explored the history of these volumes in my Cat Cinderella episode but here is a quick recap for anyone who missed it.  This book is a set of tales within a frame story of a wronged bride. The  volumes of the book were published between 1634-36 and predate the  books of literary fairy tales from Charles Perrault in France and the  Grimm Brothers in Germany. Today's Story is Two Little Pizzas  Today's Recipe is Roasted Parsnips & Green Sauce  You can find the original text of the story and the books I used to research this podcast in the Further Reading Section of my blog article. 
25:32
January 19, 2021
Just the Stories - Clever Women
This  is a compilation episode of just the stories from the podcast.  We travel to the enchanting lands of Persia and Armenia in these stories based around two very clever women who manage to save the day for themselves and their families even though they are not the ones who caused the problems in the first place.   There are also exciting adventures, stomach turning horrors and jewels of great beauty, almost beyond price. Thieves & Kings are outwitted, Giants are charmed and cleverness wins out.  The stories in this episode are The Poor Window's Son from the The Golden Maiden and Ali Baba & The Forty Thieves from 1001 Nights This is the last compilation episode of this season and I hope you'll join me on 19 January for a brand new episode and season containing folklore, food and not just fairytales! If you would like more information about the podcast you can go to my website: Hestias Kitchen or get in touch with me on Twitter or Instagram at @FairytalesFood.
45:51
January 12, 2021
Just the Stories - Here Come the Girls
This is a compilation episode of just the stories from the podcast.  The stories in this compilation are based around heroic girls from three different story traditions! They all triumph either through bravery, magic, cleverness or loyalty or all three. These are not your traditional stories between them they contain a talking, magical doll, a princess with a sheep’s head, fairies who can stop stop ships, nine stepsisters, three stepmothers, a fairy castle, a plant based wardrobe and a pagan goddess of the woods. The stories in this episode are Cat Cinderella, Vasilisa the Fair and Kate Crackernuts.  There will be one more compilation episode to follow: "Clever Women" released next Tuesday and I hope to return on 19 January with a brand new episode containing folklore and food and not just fairytales! If you would like more information about the podcast you can go to my website: Hestias Kitchen or get in touch with me on Twitter or Instagram as @FairytalesFood.
36:15
January 5, 2021
Just the Stories - A Compilation of Jack Tales
This is a compilation episode of just the stories from the podcast.  The stories in this compilation are based around Jack Tales even though actually only one of the stories has a hero called Jack! The other two have heroes who bear a lot of resemblances.  There is cleverness, trickery and a touch of humour and that's not just from the heroes.   The stories in this episode are The Cunning Thief, Jesper & the Hares and Gifts of the Magician. There will be two more compilation episodes to follow: "Here Come the Girls" and "Clever Women" released on Tuesdays as normal and I hope to return on 19 January with a brand new episode containing folklore and food and not just fairytales!
55:43
December 29, 2020
A Trio of Festive Tales or the Trouble with Trifle
In which we discover that cherries can restore your wealth, spiders  can be the reason for miracles, mulled cider can result in treasure and  that trifle is devoid of folklore. Christmas Pudding, however has plenty  to share. This is the fourth of four seasonal story and festive food related  episodes to take us through December and lead us to the big midwinter  celebration of your choice. I hope you enjoy the slightly different  focus. I will again let today’s story to speak for itself and allow it  to weave its seasonal magic spell. The Stories in this episode are Sir Cleges & The Christmas Cherries, Christmas Tree Spiders and The Apple Tree Man. You can visit my website if you would like my recipe for Pear & Ginger Trifle or to see any of the historic recipes I mentioned.  There are also links and information about all the books I mentioned. As I mentioned in the podcast this will be the last podcast with new content until 18 January as even storytelling, folklore-loving, amateur food historians need a short festive hibernation period.  I have prepared some collections of just the stories from the podcast in case you need something to occupy you whilst you lie on your sofa with a wonderful leftovers sandwich and the world's biggest mug of tea. I hope to see you in the New Year with some wonderful new stories and the folklore and food to accompany them. 
21:54
December 22, 2020
Snow White & Rose Red or The Festive Drinks Furore
In which we discover that being a bear is not always permanent,  kindness is key to a happy life, owning treasure does not improve your  temper and that spice and warmth improves most drinks. This is the third of four seasonal story and festive food related  episodes to take us through December and lead us to the big midwinter celebration of your choice, I hope you enjoy the slightly different  focus. I will again let today’s story to speak for itself and allow it  to weave its seasonal magic spell. This episode's Story is Snow White & Rose Red from the Brothers Grimm  This episode's recipe is Raspberry Amaretto Sparkle  If you'd like any further information about the books or references contained in this podcast they can be found at Further Reading If you'd like to get in touch about anything in the podcast you can find me @FairytalesFood on Twitter and Instagram or contact me via my website.
26:46
December 15, 2020
The Cailleach and the Mince Pie Mystery
In which we discover how mountains were formed, what happens when  winter goes on for too long and that a mince pie has never been illegal,  no matter how scandalous you make it sound. This is the second of four seasonal story and festive food related  episodes to take us through December and lead us to the big midwinter  celebration of your choice, I hope you enjoy the slightly different  focus. I will again let today’s story to speak for itself and allow it  to weave its seasonal magic spell. The recipe for today is mincemeat as you might expect. There were so many books and resources that I used to create this episode, you can find the list at Further Reading  I can only apologise for a slight dip in sound quality during a few seconds of the recording of the story part of the podcast in this week's episode, I hope it doesn't destroy your enjoyment.  If you have any questions about the episode or any of the resources I used please don't hesitate to get in touch via Twitter or Instagram @FairytalesFood.
27:03
December 8, 2020
Morozko or The Great Cheese Cornucopia
In which we discover that kindness can overcome cruelty, a little magic  goes a long way and there are many historic cheese related wonders. This is the first of four seasonal story and festive food related  episodes to take us through December and lead us to the big midwinter celebration of your choice, I hope you enjoy the slightly different  focus.  I will let today's story to speak for itself and allow it to  weave its seasonal magic spell. The links to the folklore books and historic recipe books can be found at my blog together with additional resources including recipes for Savouries. St John mince pies and Eccles Cakes are on sale currently here The recipe for Welsh Rarebit can be found in their cookery book The Book of St John or if you need good cheese savoury recipe straight away then it can also be found in the Guardian, its about four down the list of great British recipes, please shut your eyes for the first recipe if you're a vegetarian.   Links for Cheesemakers and Cheesemongers mentioned in this podcast https://www.quickes.co.uk/ for Cheddar https://www.trethowanbrothers.com/shop.html for Pitchfork Cheddar, Gorwydd Caerphilly http://stichelton.co.uk/ for Stichelton https://cropwellbishopstilton.co.uk/ for Shropshire Blue https://www.cawscenarth.co.uk/ for Perl Las https://www.theoldcheeseroom.com/ for Lypiatt and Baronet https://www.mrskirkhamscheese.co.uk/ for Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire https://www.nortonandyarrow.co.uk/ for Sinodun Hill https://sharpham.com/buy/sharpham-ticklemore-goat/ for Ticklemore https://academyofcheese.org/ Academy of Cheese Courtyard Dairy – A wonderful innovative cheesemonger in Yorkshire who won Cheesemonger of the Year at the World Cheese Awards. Neal’s Yard Dairy – A fantastic cheesemonger who works long term with British artisan  cheesemakers and is at the forefront of the save British cheese movement  after the decimation of the industry due to Covid.
31:51
December 1, 2020
Eisenkopf or The Problem of the Pogácsa
In which we discover that a hero should keep his promises, that you should wait to get home before snacking, your father isn't always right and a delightful Hungarian cheese puff can save your life.  This podcast also has a terrifying ogre, three mysterious old ladies, three wonderful yet terrifying dogs, three miraculous napkins, a generous employer, cakes, a slightly inconvenient wife, and many herds of animals.  Warning: this podcast also contains nuts.  The story in the podcast is based on Eisenkopf from Andrew Lang's Crimson Fairy Book The recipe can for Sajtos Pogácsa - Hungarian Cheese Puffs can be found here. You can find The Prince of Transylvania's Court Cookbook and other resources in Further Reading
23:16
November 24, 2020
Cat Cinderella or The Macaroni Cheese Conspiracy
In which we find out that some Cinderellas will stop at nothing to achieve happiness, sometimes stepsisters just go home in a temper and that macaroni cheese is older than you might think. This podcast also contains powerful fairies from Sardinia, ships  that won't go, feasts, six wicked stepsisters, two wicked stepmothers, a disappointing father, a mysterious date tree, golden gardening tools and a Cinderella with a darker side.  It may also contain some disdain for Mrs Beeton. The story that Cat Cinderella is based on can be found at Cenerentola in Stories from the Pentamerone by Giambattista Basile. The recipe for the ultimate comfort food - Sweet Potato Macaroni Cheese with Sriracha Broccoli can be found on my website. Here is more information about the Fairy Grotto on Sardinia. A bonus story about Sardinian Fairies in case you fancy a short read. Further reading and other resources mentioned in the podcast including historic recipes.
24:43
November 17, 2020
The Cunning Thief or The Disappearing Goose Conundrum
In which we discover that there's a difference between a rogue and a villain, people can be very careless with their animals and that you should never leave a stranger alone with your goose or your whiskey. Today's story is The Cunning Thief from More Celtic Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs originally collected by Patrick Kennedy in the Fireside Stories of Ireland. Today's recipe is for Roast Goose with Mashed Potato, Prune & Apple Stuffing  Additional further reading links including the Forme of Cury, Sawse Madame, other historic cookbooks and the Herodotus story can be found at the bottom of this post.
28:34
November 10, 2020
A Royalty of Princesses or The Secret Toastie Ingredient
In which we find that kindness, wit, cleverness and politeness are the keys to a wonderful future, the perfect cheese toastie is within your grasp and sometimes you have to make your own happy ever after. A slight change to the usual format with two short stories instead of the usual longer one. The original stories of Kate Crackernuts and The Three Heads in a Well can be found in English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs This week's recipe for the Best Ever Cheese Toastie can be found on my blog. Further reading list can also be found here.
24:54
November 3, 2020
The Poor Widow's Son or The Pomegranates in Question
In which we find out that princesses definitely can decide their own destiny, that seeking your fortune can take a very long time and that the gift of pomegranates is always welcome. This Armenian folk tale incorporates wonders, adventures, giants, jewels beyond price and even incredible embroidery. You can find the story that my tale is based in this wonderful contemporary collection. The Punjabi folktale Kupti & Imani with some lovely similarities to our tale can be found here. If you would like to cook this episode's recipe then you can find it on my website. It is also the place to find further reading about these fantastic tales, pomegranates and historic recipes.
28:58
October 27, 2020
Legend of Knockmany or The Soda Bread Saga
In which we confirm that a clever, witty woman can save the day, that food adulteration in soda bread is occasionally warranted and that outwitting a giant can save you a lot of DIY. Today's story is an Irish tall tale based on the Legend of Knockmany from Celtic Fairy Tales, edited by Joseph Jacobs.  Another version is available in Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry by W. B. Yeats. We also discuss the history of the story, which is not as old as first appears and the origins of the heroes and their ancient sagas. Finally we investigate the history of bread in Ireland and this week's recipe There is some further reading about historic Irish foodways, an analysis of this tale as well as ancient recipes for bread available at my website.
24:20
October 20, 2020
The Fish & The Ring or The Great Fish Pie Suprise
In which we discover that fate can be tricksy, fish pie can be surprising and that you can get away with pretty much anything if you are a baron. This episode includes a wonderful story about fate, the history of fish pie and a fantastic luxury pie recipe. The link for today's recipe is here If you are interested in the faithless queen you can read about her in the Life of Vertigern If you are more interested in Polycrates then you need Herodotus You can find the links to the historic cookbooks I mentioned on my blog.
17:12
October 13, 2020
Jack the Giant Killer or Death by Pudding
In which we discover that it can be unwise to have your name on your belt, that cleverness is important for heroes, the downsides of wagon driving and how a pudding can save or take a life. Today’s story has giants, heroes, magic swords, enchanted ladies, generous princes, a possessed princess, treasure, wicked magicians, monsters and even the devil has a bit part. The original text that this story is based on is found in English Fairy Tales You can also read more about Culhwch & Olwen and other excellent adventures in the Mabinogion. Today's recipe is Sticky Toffee Pudding. You can find more information about the history of puddings as well as the ingredients for Hasty Pudding at the blog post associated with this podcast. Its also the best place for further reading resources as well as other references mentioned in the podcast. There are other stories, recipes and food histories at Hestia's Kitchen as well as contact details if you would like to say hello, suggest ideas for foods you would like investigated or just tell me what I've got wrong. I'd love to hear from you.
29:18
October 6, 2020
The Buried Moon and the Big Plum Conspiracy
In which we find out what happens when Madam Moon is absent from the sky, why you should always listen to a Wise-Woman and how any of this is relevant to a fruity tea-time snack. A wonderful story from the wilds of the Carrlands of North Lincolnshire.  It's a little dark (literally) and the horrors and crawly creatures amongst the watery bogs and marshes make this the perfect story for when the nights are drawing in. Light a fire or pop a pretend one your television, get out the candles and be prepared to be just a touch scared in the best possible way. Afterwards we discover a possible reason why this story is so surreal, how we treated malaria without quinine and what surprising crops are grown here. The episode's recipe for Lincolnshire Plumbread as well as a lot more information and some further reading can be found here: https://hestiaskitchen.co.uk/2020/09/28/the-buried-moon/ The books and website resources I mentioned can be found here: http://www.carrlands.org.uk/default.asp A series of original sound compositions – combining spoken word, music and effects – inspired by, and set at, three locations in the agricultural landscape of North Lincolnshire Investigating The Legends of the Carrs as published in Folk-Lore in 1891 - Maureen James Cursed, a history of witchcraft and black magic in modern times. - Thomas Waters
23:24
September 29, 2020
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves or the Question of the Missing Salt
In which we discover why you should never pose as an oil salesman, what your salt consumption reveals about you and how a good bread recipe connects the two. We also learn, more importantly, that a clever, courageous, quick-thinking woman is what you really need to save the day and the treasure. This is the recipe for the excellent loaf that is topped with salt, doesn’t require any kneading and can be on the table in under 2.5 hours. It might be a less than obvious connection but I hope you’ll forgive me if you make it. Its so tasty and chewy and has holes like the expensive, time-consuming ones you see on instagram. It goes with almost every type of cuisine, is brilliant with soup and cheese but you can also dip it in houmous without a concern in the world. I can eat at least half, just dipped in good, grassy extra virgin olive and a little extra salt. Just add a big glass of slightly rough red wine and a good book and it might be the perfect evening. Its also great for guests except for any robber captains that have decided on your death as the ultimate vengeance. Then again, you just can’t suit everybody. This is an excellent recipe for lavash Further reading: The Arabian Nights: The Husain Haddawy Translation Based on the Text Edited by Muhsin Mahdi, Contexts, Criticism, ed. by Daniel Heller-Roazen Salt, A World History by Mark Kurlansky
33:41
September 22, 2020
Jesper & the Hares with a Smidgen of Apricot Flapjack
In which we find out how giving away your lunch can find you a bride and win you a kingdom and how relevant that is to a delicious apricot flapjack. Jesper and the Hares is essentially a Jack tale who’s hero just happens to be named Jesper. Jesper is wily, clever and tricky and has two foolish elder brothers. He also wins the day though a combination of trickery and generosity to those more vulnerable and needy than himself. I don’t think we need to worry about a spoiler alert, there will be no tragedy tales here. We also talk about the significance of grain and the harvest in fairy tales and how important this was to the original audience of these tales. The recipe for this week is apricot flapjacks, the oat based bar as opposed to the American/Canadian pancake.  It's an unusual recipe as it has a squidgy filling layer of apricot rather than apricots chopped through.   You can use a different dried fruit if you’re not keen or just leave it out altogether but it does add a touch of luxury and sharpness to cut though the sweet oat mixture.  Its great for breakfast or as a snack and would be perfect to give to any old ladies that you happen to come across when out walking even if you’re not trying to win a princess. You can find the recipe here as well as some further information about the history of flapjacks and the story.
27:44
September 15, 2020
Vasilissa the Fair & What was in Baba Yaga's Soup
In which we enter the world of Russian folklore and ask impertinent and possibly irrelevant questions about a soup called Solyanka. Vasilissa the Fair is a Russian wonder tale, as collected by Alexander Afanasief. In this unusual story, the heroine comes up against not only the traditional wicked stepmother and envious stepsisters but also a dangerous Baba Yaga. We also talk about what happens to those who don't share their food and how sometimes home is scarier than the hut of a child-eating witch/pagan goddess of the earth/nature spirit. This week's recipe is for Solyanka, a historic Russian (possibly Ukrainian) dish. Solyanka is a wonderful salty, sour soup or stew. The rich melting beef, smoky sausages and the unami from the mushrooms is enhanced by the saltiness and sourness of the preserved vegetables and olives. The tomatoes and prunes disappear into the sauce to provide a touch of sweetness that complements the whole dish. If you'd like to cook a vegan/vegetarian version there are some excellent recipes online with cabbage and an unami mushroom hit. If you want to know more about it's history and some further reading on either the recipe, Vasilissa the Fair or Baba Yaga please visit www.hestiaskitchen.co.uk
22:49
September 8, 2020
The Gifts of the Magician & The Great Historical Oxtail Mystery
The Gifts of the Magician & The Great Historical Oxtail Mystery In which I explain how the wonderful story of Gifts of the Magician is connected to Oxtail via an extremely tenuous link and actually quite an interesting history. Story - The Gifts of The Magician adapted from Andrew Lang’s Crimson Fairy Book Recipe - Braised Oxtail with Orange & Star Aniseadapted from Diana Henry’s Recipe This story is Finnish in origin from the Finnische Marhchen, it shares similarities with the The Magician’s Horse, Iron John and the Hairy Man.  The dispossession of a weak king occurs in various other stories, most notably The Firebird and Princess Vasilisa from Russia, The Grateful Beasts from Hungary and a Breton fairy tale called King Fortunatus’ Golden Wig.  A weak king often results in a a strong clever queen and I must admit to twisting this story slightly in this direction. The Great Historical Oxtail Mystery, associated research material and further reading can be found on my blog Hestia's Kitchen where I indulge myself in food history.
20:11
September 1, 2020