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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.

Folklore, Food & Fairytales Rachel Mosses

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    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

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.

    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 min
    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.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    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 min
    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 min
    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 min
    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.

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

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2 Ratings

Siobhan Clark ,

Wonderful podcast!

Such a fantastic blend of folklore, myths and legends, with food! Fascinating and so well researched, I look forward to every new episode, and was delighted to catch up on a few over Christmas that had a lovely festive feel. Definitely a favourite!

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