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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 Christmas Cuckoo or The Barley Bread Allegory
The Christmas Cuckoo or The Barley Bread Allegory
The Story in this episode is: The Christmas Cuckoo - This story is adapted from a literary fairytale written by Frances Elizabeth Browne from a book called from Granny’s Wonderful Chair, first published in 1856.  Frances was born in 1816 in Donegal but moved first to Scotland and then to London. She originally wrote poetry but also wrote short stories.  The whole collection is beautiful and she created a gorgeous world rich in imaginative detail, made even more incredible by the fact that she lost her sight at 8 months old.  If you would like to hear the festive story collections I talked about in this episode you can find them at Festive Story Collections You can find the interviews in my newest interview series here: How Food Frames Stories. You can find my interviews with storytellers here: Vernacular Voices of the Storyteller  You can also subscribe (or just read) my free newsletter for further snippets of folklore, history, stories, vintage recipes, herblore & the occasional cocktail. 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 here
33:06
December 06, 2022
The Palace That Stood on Golden Pillars or The Porridge Pomposity
The Palace That Stood on Golden Pillars or The Porridge Pomposity
In which we discover that if there is ever a choice between a cat and a cow, choose the cat, arguments over porridge are rarely worth it and that the main differences between royalty and commoners is that commoners get a better night sleep and worse dresses. The Story in this episode is: The Palace That Stood on Golden Pillars adaped from Yule-tide stories: a collection of Scandinavian and North German popular tales and traditions from the Swedish, Danish and German The Recipe in this episode is: Spiced, Jewelled Porridge If you would like to hear more about what I talked about in this episode you can find books and links at Further Reading You can find the interviews in my newest interview series here: How Food Frames Stories. You can find my interviews with storytellers here: Vernacular Voices of the Storyteller  You can also subscribe (or just read) my free newsletter for further snippets of folklore,   history, stories, vintage recipes, herblore & the occasional   cocktail. 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.
26:44
November 08, 2022
Two Ghosts & a Goblin or The Slightly Scary Story Special
Two Ghosts & a Goblin or The Slightly Scary Story Special
The Stories in this episode are: Old Tommy & The Spectre, Box on the Ears and The Cook & the Goblin adapated from Ruth Manning Sanders  This is another just the stories episode, this time for All Hallows Eve.  There are three traditional tales involving food which are just a little bit scary but also a little bit clever and maybe also just a little bit kind in the case of the last tale. I hope you enjoy these tales even if you prefer yours a bit more bone chilling normally.   You can also subscribe (or just read) my free newsletter for further snippets of folklore,   history, stories, vintage recipes, herblore & the occasional   cocktail. 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.
29:21
October 28, 2022
The Dark Spectre or the Elusive Elderberry
The Dark Spectre or the Elusive Elderberry
In which we discover that you should stick to your path, no matter what others say, that you shouldn't let an elderberry pudding get in the way of the rest of your life and that perfectly good castles only lie empty for a good reason. The Recipe in this episode is Elderberry Cordial The Story in this episode is The Dark Spectre adapated from Ruth Manning Sanders - Spooks and Spectres You can find the interviews in my newest interview series here: How Food Frames Stories. You can find my interviews with storytellers here: Vernacular Voices of the Storyteller  You can also subscribe (or just read) my free newsletter for further snippets of folklore,  history, stories, vintage recipes, herblore & the occasional  cocktail. 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.
21:58
October 04, 2022
How Food Frames Stories - Anna Kharzeeva
How Food Frames Stories - Anna Kharzeeva
In these fractured times l wanted to continue to look at how stories and food can overcome the distance between people and enhance our shared experiences so earlier this year I spent time exploring storytelling through food writing. I interviewed some very talented writers who tell stories through their food writing to find out why how food has shaped their writing and in what ways food enhances their storytelling.  They have all had different experiences around food which has influenced how they write and the subjects they write about.  In their own ways they use their writing to break down barriers through stories and food. I hope you find these conversations as fascinating as I did. In this fourth & final interview I would like to introduce you to Anna Kharzeeva. Anna is the author of the remarkable cookbook, The Soviet Diet Cookbook, which is not just that but also a fascinating anthropological, historical analysis of the Soviet regime. She is a political refugee and had to flee Russia at the outbreak of the war against Ukraine or face the possibility of decades in jail for protesting against the actions of the current regime. We had arranged to do the interview before the war broke out and eventually managed to do it once she arrived in Australia after fleeing Moscow via Istanbul. We stuck to my original questions which predated the awful events in Ukraine as we wanted this interview to work with the rest of the series. As you will hear however, naturally the war and its effects aren’t far from her thoughts.  You can find Anna on Instagram and you can buy her book here Anna also mentions the fundraising drive set up by Olia Hercules and Alissa Timoshkina - Cook For Ukraine.  You can find Olia Hercules Books here:  You can find the rest of the interviews in this series here: How Food Frames Stories. You can find my interviews with storytellers here: Vernacular Voices of the Storyteller  You can also subscribe (or just read) my free newsletter for further snippets of folklore, history, stories, vintage recipes, herblore & the occasional cocktail. 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. 
24:21
September 27, 2022
How Food Frames Stories - Robbie Armstrong
How Food Frames Stories - Robbie Armstrong
In these fractured times l wanted to continue to look at how stories and   food can overcome the distance between people and enhance our shared  experiences so earlier this year I spent time exploring storytelling   through food writing. I interviewed some very talented writers who tell   stories through their food writing to find out why how food has shaped   their writing and in what ways food enhances their storytelling.  They   have all had different experiences around food which has influenced  how  they write and the subjects they write about.  In their own ways  they use their writing to break down barriers through stories and food. I   hope you find these conversations as fascinating as I did. My third interview is with Robbie Armstrong. Robbie is an audio producer, writer and broadcast journalist based in Glasgow. He has reported stories for BBC News, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland, produced for The Food Programme, Feedback and Podlitical,  written for The Guardian and Vittles, and worked as a restaurant reviewer for The List Magazine’s Eating & Drinking Guide.  He can be found on Twitter/Instagram @robbiejourno and his website is robbiearmstrong.com  You can find the rest of the interviews in this series here: How Food Frames Stories. You can find my interviews with storytellers here: Vernacular Voices of the Storyteller  You can subscribe (or just read) my free newsletter for further snippets of folklore,   history, stories, vintage recipes, herblore & the occasional   cocktail. 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. If you fancy signing up to my newsletter then you can read my first one and see if you like it.
01:18:60
September 20, 2022
How Food Frames Stories - Olivia Potts
How Food Frames Stories - Olivia Potts
In  these fractured times l wanted to continue to look at how stories and  food can overcome the distance between people and enhance our shared experiences so earlier this year I spent time exploring storytelling  through food writing. I interviewed some very talented writers who tell  stories through their food writing to find out why how food has shaped  their writing and in what ways food enhances their storytelling.  They  have all had different experiences around food which has influenced how  they write and the subjects they write about.  In their own ways they use their writing to break down barriers through stories and food. I  hope you find these conversations as fascinating as I did. In my second interview I would like to welcome Olivia Potts, writer of two outstanding books, the first A Half Baked Idea which is ‘a heart-breaking, hilarious, life-affirming memoir about dealing with grief, falling in love and learning how to bake a really, really good cake’. She is the winner of the 2020 Fortnum & Mason Debut of the Year Award and the 2020 Guild of Food Writers Food Writer of the Year Award. A Half Baked Idea is truly wonderful and I would recommend it to everyone.  Her next book, Butter, a joyous immersion in all things butter, revelling in its alchemical power to transform almost any dish is published on Thursday 15 September and I can’t wait to read it. She also is the cook whose recipes provided me with a perfect recipe for pancakes, sausage rolls and cheese straws. She also helped to keep me (and many others) sane through her practical instructional how to videos on instagram in the early days of lockdown. My gorgeous picture of a lockdown hot cross bun can be laid at her door. Her new book Butter: A Celebration can be found here 🐝: bit.ly/3DcvPA1 💦: bit.ly/3QARuoy 📦: amzn.eu/d/ctHSHVS You can find Olivia on Twitter  and Instagram You can find my interviews with storytellers here: Vernacular Voices of the Storyteller  You can subscribe (or just read) my free newsletter for further snippets of folklore,  history, stories, vintage recipes, herblore & the occasional  cocktail. 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. If you fancy signing up to my newsletter then you can read my first one and see if you like it.
43:51
September 13, 2022
How Food Frames Stories - Aaron Vallance
How Food Frames Stories - Aaron Vallance
In these fractured times l wanted to continue to look at how stories and food can overcome the distance between people and enhance our shared experiences so earlier this year I spent time exploring storytelling through food writing. I interviewed some very talented writers who tell stories through their food writing to find out why how food has shaped their writing and in what ways food enhances their storytelling.  They have all had different experiences around food which has influenced how they write and the subjects they write about.  In their own ways they use their writing to break down barriers through stories and food. I hope you find these conversations as fascinating as I did. In my first interview I would like to introduce Aaron Vallance, who as well as being a talented food writer, is a psychiatrist, working in a community NHS child and adolescent mental health service. He has pieces in food publications such as Vittles and Lecker, but also publishes on his blog, 1 Dish 4 The Road, which has twice been shortlisted by the Guild of Food Writers. I fell in love with his writing on his blog through the piece he wrote about connections and his grandfather and I’ve been hooked ever since Curry & Kneidlach: A Tale of Two Immigrant Families He was also kind enough to say that listening to my last series of interviews with storytellers, inspired him to think about the nature of stories and storytellers which is reflected in the the marvellous piece Goats, Stews and Stories  During our conversation we also mentioned  A Warm Embrace at Halwa Poori House Dhal Puri Roti – A History in Three Vignettes Plot Kitchen, Flash Fiction, And The Future of Food  Eggy Dates at Nandine – From Kurdistan to Camberwell Grandma Beryl’s Chicken Soup  You can find my interviews with storytellers here: Vernacular Voices of the Storyteller  You can subscribe (or just read) my free newsletter for further snippets of folklore, history, stories, vintage recipes, herblore & the occasional cocktail. 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. If you fancy signing up to my newsletter then you can read my first one and see if you like it.
41:47
September 06, 2022
Cap O'Rushes or The Salt Significance
Cap O'Rushes or The Salt Significance
In which we discover that when you are forced to leave home you should always try and take your best frock, that salt can spark both joy and anger and that there is a little Cinderella everywhere if you look hard enough. The Tale: Cap O'Rushes If you would like to find more information about any of the stories,  books or research mentioned in this episode you can find them in Further Reading. You can subscribe (or just read) my free newsletter for further snippets of folklore, history, stories, vintage recipes, herblore & the occasional cocktail. 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. If you fancy signing up to my newsletter then you can read my first one and see if you like it.
30:39
September 06, 2022
The Farmer and the Bogle or the Lore of Lammas
The Farmer and the Bogle or the Lore of Lammas
In which we discover that the trickster can be tricked, that a good knowledge of crops is essential if you want to best a bogle, that everyone needs a wiffle waffle occasionally and there are few situations in which festival specific bread & cheese doesnt enhance your daily experience. The Tale: The Farmer & The Bogle The Recipe: Harvest Lardy Cake If you would like to find more information about any of the stories,  books or research mentioned in this episode you can find them in Further Reading. You can subscribe (or just read) my free newsletter for further snippets of folklore, history, stories, vintage recipes, herblore & the occasional cocktail. 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. If you fancy signing up to my newsletter then you can read my first one and see if you like it.
19:42
August 02, 2022
A History of Herbalism: Cure, Cook and Conjure - An interview with Emma Kay
A History of Herbalism: Cure, Cook and Conjure - An interview with Emma Kay
A bonus interview episode with historian Emma Kay about her brand new book A History of Herbalis: Cure, Cook and Conjure.  we had a lovely chat and I asked some slightly impertinent questions.  All I can say if you are interested in Herbalism for any reason, go and get this book as its a fascinating read and we only really touched the surface. You can subscribe (or just read) my free newsletter for further snippets of folklore,  history, stories, vintage recipes, herblore & the occasional  cocktail. You can also find out more at Hestia's Kitchen which has all past podcast 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.  You can find Emma's book here or learn more about her and her other projects and books on her website A little more from the publisher about the book: Food historian Emma Kay tells the story of our centuries-old  relationship with herbs. From herbalists of old to contemporary cooking,  this book reveals the magical and medicinal properties of your  favourite plants in colourful, compelling detail. At one time, every village in Britain had a herbalist. A History of  Herbalism investigates the lives of women and men who used herbs to  administer treatment and knew the benefit of each. Meet Dr Richard  Shephard of Preston, who cultivated angelica on his estate in the  eighteenth century for the sick and injured; or Nicholas Culpeper, a  botanist who catalogued the pharmaceutical benefits of herbs for early  literary society. But herbs were not only medicinal. Countless cultures and beliefs as far  back as prehistoric times incorporated herbs into their practices:  paganism, witchcraft, religion and even astrology. Take a walk through a  medieval ‘physick’ garden, or Early Britain, and learn the ancient  rituals to fend off evil powers, protect or bewitch or even attract a  lover. The wake of modern medicine saw a shift away from herbal treatments,  with rituals and spells shrouded with superstition as the years wore on.  The author reveals how herbs became more culinary rather than medicinal  including accounts of recent trends for herbal remedies as lockdown and  the pandemic leads us to focus more on our health and wellbeing.
50:58
July 19, 2022
The Old Woman Who Lived in a Vinegar Bottle or The Pickle Controversy
The Old Woman Who Lived in a Vinegar Bottle or The Pickle Controversy
In which we discover the connection between unmanageable women, good strong vinegar and the importance of good manners. We also learn that happiness can be found anywhere but chances are improved if there is a rocking chair, a fire and a cat. The Tale: The Old Woman Who Lived in a Vinegar Bottle adapated from various versions including Katharine Briggs and Rumer Gooden The Recipe: Instant Pink Pickled Onions You can subscribe (or just read) my free newsletter for further snippets of folklore, history, stories, vintage recipes, herblore & the occasional cocktail. 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. If you fancy signing up to my newsletter then you can read my first one and see if you like it.
49:24
July 05, 2022
Petrosinella or The Parsley Prescription
Petrosinella or The Parsley Prescription
In which we discover that having long, strong hair doesn’t mean you can’t think for yourself, that you can learn a lot of incredible things from books, that parsley is both useful and tasty and that you should always remember to pack your acorns. The Tale: Petrosinella  The Recipe: Turkish Parsley & Onion Salad and Sort of Fattoush Salad If you would like to find more information about any of the stories,  books or research mentioned in this episode you can find them 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. If you fancy signing up to my newsletter then you can read my first one and see if you like it.
31:54
June 06, 2022
Dark Tales or The Peculiarity of Pie
Dark Tales or The Peculiarity of Pie
In which we discover that even in the darkest of tales we can find some light, that boldness & curiosity can save lives, and that a pie can hold both wonders and terrors. The tales in this episode are traditional tales but contain some dark & violent themes. The tales in this tale are Mr Fox, Captain Murderer and The Rose-Tree The episode recipe is Leek, Cheese & Potato Pasties If you would like to find more information about any of the stories,  books or research mentioned in this episode you can find them 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.
39:04
May 03, 2022
Go I Know Not Where and Bring Back I Know Not What or Green as Garlic
Go I Know Not Where and Bring Back I Know Not What or Green as Garlic
In which we find that clever beautiful women are always an asset, that a magical mother-in-law should not to be under-estimated, that a magical servant will always improve your day and cruel kings are more frequent than you might think. It is also wise to beware of hen-women and servants of the king. The episode recipe is Spaghetti al Olio E Aglio If you would like to find more information about any of the stories,  books or research mentioned in this episode you can find them 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.
01:03:13
April 05, 2022
Frequency Update
Frequency Update
Hello everyone, This is a quick update to let you all know that I will be moving the podcast to monthly instead of every two weeks.  Sadly my day job now involves more commuting and I don't feel I can truly do the stories, the food history or the folklore enough justice in the time I now have to research and put everything together.  All the feedback I've had tells me that you'd rather have quality than quantity.   Please don't think that this means that the podcast is disappearing, I have some great surprises, some wonderful stories and some even better food lined up for you. My next episode will be released on 5 April and I think you'll really enjoy it. If you would like more podcast content please find me at Hestia's Kitchen which has all past episodes and the connected recipes on the blog.  If, however you'd  just like to get in touch to chat you can find me on Twitter or Instagram at @FairyTalesFood.
01:09
March 15, 2022
The Witch and The Horse Devil or the Pancake Palaver
The Witch and The Horse Devil or the Pancake Palaver
In which we discover that you shoudn’t judge your beloved by his looks especially if he’s a horse, that not being to provide a pancake on demand can prove fatal and that that there are times when listening to your sisters is not always wise. This week's tale is The Witch & The Horse Devil, a Turkish folktale adapted from the tale of a similar name from Forty-four Turkish Fairy Tales, by Ignácz Kúnos, illustrations by Willy Pogany; 1913 and a very similar tale recorded in 1951 Courtesy of the Archive of the Turkish Oral Narrative, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library https://swco-ir.tdl.org/handle/10605/355119 This episode's recipe is for Pancakes from the wonderful Olivia Potts. If you would like to find more information about any of the stories,  books or research mentioned in this episode you can find them in Further Reading. If you are interested in the Folklore Library and Archive Event - Online Witchcraft Conference, you can buy tickets or find further information here. 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.
32:27
March 01, 2022
Beautiful Innocenta or The Honey Hierachy
Beautiful Innocenta or The Honey Hierachy
In which we discover that you can still enjoy a story when the prince is clueless, that women you find in strange castles can have hidden talents and its amazing what you can whip up with a few almonds & some honey. The episode story is Beautiful Innocenta adapted from the story of the same name from The Robber with a Witch’s Head - More Stories from the Great Treasury of Sicilian Folk & Fairy Tales collected by Laura Gonzenbach translate and edited by Jack Zipes. The episode recipe is Basbousa - Semolina Cake with Honey Syrup If you would like to find more information about any of the stories, books or research mentioned in this episode you can find them 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.
29:56
February 15, 2022
Maria and Her Brother or the Big Bean Bonanza
Maria and Her Brother or the Big Bean Bonanza
In which we discover that a bean is preferable to bran as a tracking device, that no matter how kind and generous you are, you can still end up in the belly of a shark and that you shouldn't put your trust in anyone who leads you into dark woods. This week's story is Maria and Her Brother adapted from Beautiful Angiola, The Lost Sicilian Folk & Fairy Tales collected by Laura Gonzenbach, translated & edited by Jack Zipes This week's recipe is Zuppa di Fave e Finocchio - Broad Bean and Fennel Soup If you would like to find more information about any of the stories,  books or research mentioned in this episode you can find them 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.
29:30
February 01, 2022
Weeping Eye, Laughing Eye or the Vine Variation
Weeping Eye, Laughing Eye or the Vine Variation
In which we discover that a good heart is a very vauable commodity, the loss of a vine that provides excellent unlimited free wine can cause distress and that sometimes there is more than one beautiful maiden in a story but sometimes she's just a fox. We also learn how a killer migraine led an ancient Persian lady-in-waiting to the invention of wine, why we have wine goddesses and a mouthwatering recipe from one of the queens of French cookery. This week's story is Weeping Eye, Laughing Eye or the Lame Fox adapted from the Serbian folk tale of the same name from Sixty Folk-Tales from Exclusively Slavonic Sources - Albert Henry Wratislaw (London, 1889) This week's recipe is La Daube de Boeuf Provencal  ‘O, scent of the daubes of my childhood! ‘During the holidays, at Gemeaux, in the month of August, when we arrived in my grandmother’s dark kitchen on Sunday after Vespers, it was lit by a ray of sunshine in which the dust and the flies were dancing, and there was a sound like a little bubbling spring. It was a daube, which since midday had been murmuring gently on the stove, giving out sweet smells which brought tears to your eyes. Thyme, rosemary, bay leaves, spices, the wine of the marinade and the fumet of the meat were becoming transformed under the magic wand which is the fire, into a delicious whole, which was served about seven o’clock in the evening, so well cooked and so tender that it was carved with a spoon.’ Pierre Huguenin: Les Meilleures Recettes de ma Pauvre Mère, 1936 If you would like to find more information about any of the stories, books or research mentioned in this episode you can find them 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.
49:43
January 18, 2022
The Story Equivalent of a Crackling Fire, a Warm Drink and a Hug
The Story Equivalent of a Crackling Fire, a Warm Drink and a Hug
This is another stories only episode. I hope they find you in the spirit they left me: gentle, heartwarming and uplifting, the last one is particularly seasonal. I thought this might be a time to take everybody on a journey safely away from our current reality. The stories in this episode are Food, Fire and Company, The Weardale Fairies and Room for a Little One.  The original stories can be found in English Folk Tales by Sybil Marshall and Forgotton Folk Tales of the English Counties by Katharine Briggs and Ruth Tongue amongst other sources. The podcast will be back with an exciting new episode including the usual folklore and food history on 18 January 2022.  You can also find out more about the podcast 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.
37:18
December 21, 2021
Hildur, Queen of the Elves or Christmas in the Land of Ice and Fire
Hildur, Queen of the Elves or Christmas in the Land of Ice and Fire
In which we discover how much damage elves and curses can do, how even powerful beings can suffer and that mysterious housekeepers often have a hidden agenda.  In addition, we learn that if you have a useful magic stone you should always put it in your pyjama pockets whilst you sleep. Just in case. This week's story is Hildur, Queen of The Elves inspired by the tale of the same name from Nordic Tales by Ulla Thynell. If you would like to find more information about any of the stories, books or research mentioned in this episode you can find them 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.
35:53
December 07, 2021
A Winter Tales Collection
A Winter Tales Collection
Would you like to hear a winter tale or six?  I have put together a compilation of my December tales from last year so you can fully indulge in the spirit of winter.   The first tale is the Cailleach, a moving celtic mythic tale in which we discover how mountains were formed and what happens when winter goes on for too long. Our second tale is Morozko, a Russian wonder tale in which we discover that kindness can overcome cruelty and a little magic goes a long way for either good or ill. Our third tale is a traditional fairytale straight from the Brothers Grimm: Snow White and Rose Red, in which we discover that being a bear is not always permanent, kindness  is key to a happy life and owning treasure is not guaranteed to improve your temper. Our final three tales are a charming collection of short stories with a touch of Christmas: two of them are very English, Sir Cleges & the Christmas Cherries and The Apple Tree Man, the third is a lovely Ukrainian tale, The Christmas Tree Spiders. They are very sweet spiders, I promise, please don't be put off.  If you'd like to find out mroe about the podcast, please visit 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.
51:54
November 30, 2021
The Hand of Glory or the Miracle of Milk
The Hand of Glory or the Miracle of Milk
In which we discover that a Hand of Glory is not always the solution you might think it is, pretending to be asleep is sometimes the cleverest & bravest option and that its surprising what you can achieve with a bowful of milk. This week's story is The Hand of Glory inspired by the tale of the same name from The Book of English Folktales by Sybil Marshall. This week's recipe is Kheer  If you would like to find more information about any of the stories, books or research mentioned in this episode you can find them 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.
27:06
November 23, 2021
The Storyteller's Supper - An Interview with Taffy Thomas
The Storyteller's Supper - An Interview with Taffy Thomas
This is a bonus episode of an interview I did with Taffy Thomas MBE about his wonderful new treasury of food folk tales and recipes, beautifully illustrated by Dotty Kultys. We had a lovely conversation all about stories and food and if you want to find out all about this fantastic new book and listen to a true master of the storytelling craft including two stories he shared then this is the episode for you. The interview starts quite abruptly but you'll soon find out why ....... This is what the publisher says about the book: ‘You and me, me and you, we all bring something to the  stew, From the tales we tell, to the food we’ve got, we all bring  something to the pot.’ Over the last fifty years, Taffy Thomas has shared the stage with noted Lakeland chefs, who have tickled his palate with tastings and  information about dishes and ingredients, which he uses to season these  magical stories, telling the oral history of food. This feast of traditional tales is spiced up with the rhymes and riddles that always enrich Taffy’s work, as well as charming illustrations from artist Dotty Kultys, and will appeal to all who savour stories and food. If you'd like to find out more about the book you can visit The History Press and find options to buy the book. You can also buy the book directly at bookshop.org Taffy's website is here if you would like to find out more about what he's doing currently. You can also buy CDs and downloads of some of his folktale collections at One Row Records.
01:02:57
November 09, 2021
Billy Biter and the Round Parkin or the Trouble with Dragons
Billy Biter and the Round Parkin or the Trouble with Dragons
In which we discover that marital problems can be resolved by supernatural means as long as you're not too picky about the outcome, that everyone loves Parkin and that you should never, ever bake when angry, especially when there are dragons about. The Recipe in this episode is Perfect Parkin The story in this episode is Billy Biter and the Round Parkin from Lost Folktales of the English Counties If you would like to find more information about any of the stories, books or research mentioned in this episode you can find them 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.
22:49
November 09, 2021
Darkness Amongst the Trees or A Feast of Divination
Darkness Amongst the Trees or A Feast of Divination
In which we discover that trees have a dark side, that they occasionally attack livestock and that they sometimes assist river spirits in sacrifice. We also learn that there can be hope in little things, that Grannies really do know everything and that divining the name of a future spouse can be trickier than you'd think. The Seasonal foods in this episode are Colcannon, Soul Cakes and Walnuts. The stories in this episode are Crooker, The Flight of Birds and The Elder Tree Witch. My apologies for any issues with the audio, I had some slight microphone technical difficulties. If you would like to find more information about any of the stories, books or research in this episode you can find them 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.
30:02
October 26, 2021
The Smith & The Devil or The Turnip Turpitude
The Smith & The Devil or The Turnip Turpitude
In which we discover tricking the devil doesn't always work out well, that sometimes in tales there are more turnips than women and that frankly you can pretty much pickle anything. We also learn that tricking people into sacks can be a learning experience and that precious has a lot of definitions. We also examine the fascinating role of the turnip in history, medicine and folklore as well as its contribution to the culinary arts. The stories in this episode are adapted from the following: The Turnip Princess from The Turnip Princess And Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales - Franz Xaver von Schonwerth, The Turnip from Grimms' Fairy Tales and The Smith And the Devil from a variety of sources. The recipe in today's episode is Middle Eastern Pickled Turnips If you would like to find more information about any of the books or research in this episode you can find them 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.
34:41
October 12, 2021
A Dark History of Chocolate
A Dark History of Chocolate
In this bonus episode I talk with Emma Kay about her new book The Dark History of Chocolate. Firstly, may I say that this is a fantastic book. I constantly alternated between being ashamed of ever eating chocolate to being seduced by the idea of this rich, darkly magical substance. I was left at the end not sure whether I could ever look a chocolate digestive in the face again and equally wanting to rush off and make intensely dark chocolate truffles with smoky whisky & sea salt and indulge in every one!  Emma Kay is a museum professional who has worked in major institutions including The National Maritime Museum, The British Museum and the University of Bath. She is qualified in History and Conservation and numerous areas of Heritage Management and Archaeology.  She is now a food historian, author and prolific collector of Kitchenalia and lives in the Cotswolds with her husband and young son. Her articles have appeared in publications including BBC History Magazine, The Daily Express, Daily Mail and Times Literary Supplement. She has contributed historic food research for a number of television production companies and featured several times on Talk Radio Europe, BBC Hereford and Worcester, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, BBC Humberside, BBC Gloucestershire and LifeFM. In 2018 she appeared in a ten-part series for the BBC and Hungry Gap Productions, ‘ The Best Christmas Food Ever’ and on BBC Countryfile, co-presenting a feature exploring the heritage of the black pear. At the end of 2019 Emma was filmed for a new Channel 5 series, exploring the food from some of Britain’s greatest battles. She is also the author of 9 published books. You can order this book direct from the publishers Pen and Sword, Bookshop.org or other good booksellers. You can find out more about Emma at her website  or on Twitter @museumofkitchen or Instagram @museumofkitchenalia . Emma also has a Youtube channel . You can also find out more about Folklore, Food and Fairytales 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.
01:01:36
October 05, 2021
The King of Love or The Horseradish Uncertainty
The King of Love or The Horseradish Uncertainty
In which we discover that last names are underrated, there are always worse mothers-in-law, and that horseradish can be a gateway to a better life. We also find that kindness, goodness and a close relationship with the King of Birds are an advantage in life. We also examine the fascinating role of horseradish in history, medicine and folklore as well as its contribution to the culinary arts. The story in today's episode is The King of Love, a Sicilian folk tale adapted from Italian Popular Tales by Thomas Frederick Crane and Caterina the Wise and Other Wondrous Sicilian Folk & Fairytales by Giuseppe Pitré, translated and edited by Jack Zipes  The recipe in today's episode is Smoked Mackerel Pâté. If you would like to find more information about any of the books or research in this episode you can find them 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.
28:16
September 28, 2021
Vernacular Voices of the Storyteller - Dave Pitt
Vernacular Voices of the Storyteller - Dave Pitt
In these fractured times l wanted to look at how stories from different voices can overcome the the distance between people and highlight our  shared experiences. I interviewed five amazing storytellers and asked them all about breaking down barriers through stories and food and these are the results. Dave is not a traditional storyteller and had some different perspectives to share. The storyteller in this episode is the wonderful Dave Pitt and you can find him on Twitter, on YouTube and at his Linktree for upcoming events.  Dave is a Performance poet, playwright, 1/3rd of @pandemonialists and Associate Artist @Arena_Theatre. He is also Co-host and Co-producer of Stories From The Smoke Room., Co-writer / co-director and co-performer of “Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists, Co-MC of Poetry Slams in Wolverhampton, Shrewsbury and Audlem and Co-MC of Yes we Cant poetry night in Walsall. .If you would like to know more about the regular podcast and previous episodes you can find them 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.
01:00:28
September 28, 2021
Vernacular Voices of the Storyteller - L M Daini
Vernacular Voices of the Storyteller - L M Daini
In  these fractured times l wanted to look at how stories from different  voices can overcome the the distance between people and highlight our shared experiences. I interviewed five amazing storytellers and asked  them all about breaking down barriers through stories and food and these are the results. The storyteller in this episode is the wonderful L M Daini and you can find her on her Twitter and at her website  She has a fantastic podcast with wonderful African legends, myths, folk and fairytales, both in English and in French. Her book award-winning book Giraffe's Eggs is available here. If you would like to know more about the regular podcast and previous episodes you can find them 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.
28:54
September 21, 2021
Vernacular Voices of the Storyteller - Sita Brand
Vernacular Voices of the Storyteller - Sita Brand
In these fractured times l wanted to look at how stories from different voices can overcome the the distance between people and highlight our shared experiences. I interviewed five amazing storytellers and asked them all about breaking down barriers through stories and food and  these are the results. The storyteller in this episode is the wonderful Sita Brand and you can find her on her Twitter and at Settle Stories Sita is the Artistic Director and CEO of Settle Stories, who are running Yorkshire Festival of Story from 12 to 28  November. The festival is free, online everywhere. You can find out more and sign up for announcements about the Festival here. Last year's festival was outstanding with some unforgettable performances so I'd heartily recommend signing up if you don't want to miss out. If you would like to know more about the regular podcast and previous episodes you can find them 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.
49:16
September 14, 2021
The Sprig of Rosemary and The Potato Principle
The Sprig of Rosemary and The Potato Principle
In which we discover that its amazing what you can fit under a rosemary bush, that you should never forbid people opening chests without explaining why and that fathers can be very unreasonable. We also learn that wind can be helpful as well as mischievous and that rosemary is frankly, completely underrated. We also examine the fascinating role of Rosemary in history, medicine, folklore and magic as well as its contribution to the culinary arts. The story in today's episode is The Sprig of Rosemary, a Catalan folk tale adapted from The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang. The recipe in today's episode is Crispy Melting Italian Potatoes with Rosemary & Garlic. If you would like to find more information about any of the books or research in this episode you can find them 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.
26:29
September 14, 2021
Vernacular Voices of the Storyteller - Clare Murphy
Vernacular Voices of the Storyteller - Clare Murphy
In  these fractured times l wanted to look at how stories from different voices can overcome the the distance between people and highlight our  shared experiences.  I interviewed five amazing storytellers and asked  them all about breaking down barriers through stories and food and these  are the results. The storyteller in this episode is the wonderful Clare Murphy and you can find her on her website, Twitter and Instagram.  Clare also has a new show: "The 9 Muses of Queens Crescent" premiering on Nov 4th 2021 in Bristol and following on in Dorset. If you would like to know more about the regular podcast and previous episodes you can find them 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.
28:20
September 07, 2021
The 13 Bandits, The Apple Dumpling & The Big Ravioli Reveal
The 13 Bandits, The Apple Dumpling & The Big Ravioli Reveal
In which we discover the fascinating truth of how 1001 Nights, brave yet mischievous Sicilian maidens, the patriachy, apple dumpling and Lucrezia Borgia are all connected. This episode also contains revelations about the startling effects of pear varyenky and the surprising divination abilities of pel'meni. The stories in this episode are The 13 Bandits, adapted from The Collected Sicilian Folk and Fairy Tales of Giuseppe Pitrè - edited and translated by Joseph Russo and Jack Zipes and The Apple Dumpling, adapted from The Story-teller by Maud Lindsay. The recipe in today's episode is Varyenky with Two Fillings If you would like to find more information about any of the books or research in this episode you can find them 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.
35:59
August 31, 2021
Vernacular Voices of the Storyteller - Amy Douglas
Vernacular Voices of the Storyteller - Amy Douglas
In these fractured times l wanted to look at how stories from different voices can overcome the the distance between people and highlight our shared experiences.  I interviewed five amazing storytellers and asked them all about breaking down barriers through stories and food and these are the results. The storyteller in this episode is the wonderful Amy Douglas and you can find her on her website, Facebook and on Twitter. She is also now on Patreon  Her next few events: Matlock Storytelling - 3 September  Taking the Tradition On - Next live 5 October (1st Tuesday) but in the meantime past episodes are available here  B.L.A.S.T!(Beautiful Lies & Startling Truths) - 8 October (1st Friday)  Get A Word in Edgeways - 14 October (2nd Thursday) All the above events except Matlock Storytelling will also be monthly from October If you would like to know more about the regular podcast and previous episodes you can find them 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.
58:35
August 31, 2021
Podcast Birthday Trailer - Bonus Episodes
Podcast Birthday Trailer - Bonus Episodes
Folklore, Food and Fairytales is has reached its first podcast birthday! This is a short announcement about bonus episodes every week from 31 August to 28 September in addition to the normal bi-weekly content. Listen in to find out more about The Vernacular Voices of the Storyteller, a series of interviews about breaking down barriers with stories and food with 5 different storytellers starting with the wonderful Amy Douglas on 31 August. I know its more usual to receive gifts on your birthday but I decided that giving is better than receiving when it comes to presents. There's also a little tease for the birthday episode. You can also find out more about the podcast 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.
02:08
August 28, 2021
The Magic Cane, The Gold Donkey and the Little Stick that Hits
The Magic Cane, The Gold Donkey and the Little Stick that Hits
In which we discover that if you have a magic cane your gourmet desires will always come true, if you have a gold donkey your financial problems will be at an end even if in a slightly disgusting fashion and finally if you have magic stick and a magic hat even the king won't bother you again.  This story from Laura Gonzenbach's Great Treasury of Sicilian Folk and Fairy Tales tells the tale of an unlucky builder, his beautiful & patient patron and his interesting magical gifts. 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.
10:53
August 17, 2021
Snow White Fire Red
Snow White Fire Red
In which we discover that tales can have familiar titles but different endings, depriving an ogress of free olive oil is never a good idea and balls of wool are deadly in the right hands. We also find out that Rapunzel is not the only one with tower length hair and that a wine fountain is a possibility. The episode story is Snow White Fire Red, an Italian fairy tale collected by Thomas Frederick Crane in Italian Popular Tales. There is no episode recipe this time but maybe you will be inspired by the olive oil or the wine in the story.
09:58
August 03, 2021
Pintosmalto & A Gothic Cookbook
Pintosmalto & A Gothic Cookbook
A slightly different episode with a story and interview about A Gothic Cookbook instead of our normal format. Pintosmalto is the story of a strong -minded, brave and resourceful woman, her sweetheart (literally) and his abduction by a distant queen.  Our heroine triumphs due to her cleverness, the generosity of a wise-woman and her beloved's instinct for theft. The interview is with Alessandra Pino from A Gothic Cookbook. We chatted at length about this fantastic book as well as taking a trip down a few rabbit holes and I hope you enjoy it.  The episode story is Pintosmalto from The Pentamerone or Tale of Tales by Giambattista Basile as translated by John Edward Taylor If you want to support or find out more about The Gothic Cookbook visit https://unbound.com/books/a-gothic-cookbook/ and use the special discount code: GOTHICPOD10. You can find also find Allie & Ella on Twitter or Instagram 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.
47:50
July 20, 2021
The King of England & His Three Sons or the Apple Identity
The King of England & His Three Sons or the Apple Identity
In which we discover golden apples are never in convenient places, it takes persistence to overcome the odds and that turning up with a large army is a very effective rescue strategy.  We also find yet again that brothers can be jealous, that kindness & courtesy never go amiss and that chopping things with swords can have surprising results. The episode story is the King of England and His Three Sons as collected by Joseph Jacobs in More English Fairy Tales The recipe for this episode is Apple Cake 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. The website that I mentioned is Romani Cultural Arts Company 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
July 06, 2021
The Nixie & The Pond or The Jägerschnitzel Jeopardy
The Nixie & The Pond or The Jägerschnitzel Jeopardy
In which we discover that some millers are extremely unobservant, nixies are both powerful and patient, love can overcome many obstacles and it  takes a supernatural incident to keep a hunter away from his Jägerschitzel. This is a really interesting story and has a lovely ending which as we know is not always guaranteed. This version is taken from the Grimm tale and Hans Christian Andersen hasn’t been anywhere near it though, which may explain that. I’ve never been sure whether he chooses the sad stories on purpose or its just the way those stories ended. The recipe for this episode is Jâgerschnitzel 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.
22:18
June 22, 2021
The Grateful Tartalo, The Erensugue and The Broad Bean Bounty
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 08, 2021
The Boy Who Wanted More Cheese or The Gouda Gala
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 02, 2021
The Clever Girl or the Capon Conspiracy
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
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 02, 2021
Two Little Pizzas or The Parsnip Problem
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
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
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 05, 2021
Just the Stories - A Compilation of Jack Tales
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
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
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
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 08, 2020
Morozko or The Great Cheese Cornucopia
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 01, 2020
Eisenkopf or The Problem of the Pogácsa
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
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
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
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 03, 2020
The Poor Widow's Son or The Pomegranates in Question
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
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
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
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 06, 2020
The Buried Moon and the Big Plum Conspiracy
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
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
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
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 08, 2020
The Gifts of the Magician & The Great Historical Oxtail Mystery
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 01, 2020