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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

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 6 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.

    An Ending and a Beginning

    An Ending and a Beginning

    So, some big news about changes to the podcast plus a wonderful story: Davey & The King of the Fishes.

    You can find out and get updates about my new podcast at my new website: A Question of Death

    You can find more about me and Folklore, Food and Fairytales via my ⁠⁠Linktree⁠⁠ which will continue as purely as storytelling podcast with a monthly folktale or two featuring food.

    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 here (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.  

    • 10 min
    Tales of Frost and Snow

    Tales of Frost and Snow

    A collection of wintery and festive tales for the season: Why the Sea is Salt, The Christmas Bear and Twelve Brothers.



    The first is 'Why the Sea is Salt' a Norwegian tale adapted from Christmas Fairytales colled by Neil Phillip. The story begins on a bitterly cold Christmas Eve when a poor and hungry man finds himself unable to provide for his family and turns to his rich brother. The brother unwittingly starts him on the road toto a better life, but first he must pay a trip to hell with a side of bacon .........



    The second is The Christmas Bear inspired by and adapted from the tale shared by both Lari Don in Fire & Ice and by Margaret Sperry in Scandinavian Stories. The story begins in the coldest part of Norway with a hunter and the capture of a strangely stubborn but wise snow bear. They stop on their journey to find out why a family is forced from their home every Christmas Eve ........



    The third is Twelve Brothers, adapted from Folktales of Scandinavia collected by Polly Curren. The story begins when a Queen of the of the cold northern lands who has been blessed with many sons, spills red blood on the white snow and dreams of a daughter. This sets in train a set of entirely unforeseen circumstances .....

    You can find more about me and Folklore, Food and Fairytales via my ⁠⁠Linktree⁠⁠

    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 here (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.  

    • 40 min
    The Widow & Her Daughters or the Kale Conspiracy

    The Widow & Her Daughters or the Kale Conspiracy

    In which we discover that strange food stealing horses don't always have your best intentions at heart, that you should always be kind to cats, rowan is good for protection and that kale has its very own folklore.

    The Story: The Widow & Her Daughters adapted from the version in Popular Tales of the Western Highlands collected by Joseph Campbell.

    The Recipe: Wilted Kale

    If you would like to find out more about what I talked about in this episode you can find books and links at ⁠Further Reading⁠

    You can find more about me and Folklore, Food and Fairytales via my ⁠Linktree⁠

    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 here (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.  

    • 24 min
    Slightly Scary Story Special

    Slightly Scary Story Special

    The ⁠Stories⁠ in this episode are: Golden Hair, The Lass & her Good Stout Blackthorn Stick and The Tailor in the Church adapated from Sorche nic Leodhas and Ruth Manning Sanders 

    This is another just the stories episode, this time for All Hallows Eve. There are three traditional tales which are just a little bit scary but also a little bit clever and maybe also just a little bit silly 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 find more about me and Folklore, Food and Fairytales via my ⁠Linktree⁠

    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 here (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.  

    • 31 min
    An All Hallows Feast - Menus, Symbolism & Folklore

    An All Hallows Feast - Menus, Symbolism & Folklore

    In which I explore a completely different direction, have fun with food symbolism and folklore at this interesting time of year and make a realisation about how I really feel about good food.

    I hope you enjoy this bonus episode as it is very different to anything I have done on the podcast before. I will be presenting a menu for a Halloween or an All Hallows Eve Feast, providing some of the folk beliefs or symbolic meanings for the foods involved and folklore around some of the ingredients for each course.

    You can download the recipes and menu on my Ko-Fi page for free.

    If you would like to find out more about what I talked about in this episode you can find books and links at Further Reading

    You can find more about me and Folklore, Food and Fairytales via my Linktree

    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 here (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.  

    • 22 min
    The Kitchen Witch Companion: An Interview with Sarah Robinson

    The Kitchen Witch Companion: An Interview with Sarah Robinson

    In this episode I interviewed the wonderful Sarah Robinson about the fabulous book she has created with Lucy H Pearce: The Kitchen Witch Companion: Recipes, Rituals & Reflections

    If you are reading this on or before 19 October 23 there is still a chance to pre order this direct from the publisher there will still be a chance to pre-order the book direct from Womancraft Publishing (pre-ordering direct from
    Womancraft gets you a selection of free e-goodies, signed copy & bookmark)

    https://womancraftpublishing.com/product/kitchen-witch-companion/

    Then from 3 November 23 its available worldwide from all the usual online booksellers, or direct from Womancraft, or you can get you local indie bookshop to order it in! 

    If you have any questions or just want to find out more you can find the publisher @womancraft_publishing or Sarah @yogaforwitches on Instagram

    You can find more about me and Folklore, Food and Fairytales via my Linktree

    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 here (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.  

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Rissap32 ,

Wonderful stories, great food

I have finished the back catalog and cannot wait for more! Each episode is thoroughly researched and interesting, I keep a note pad handy to catch notes of things to dive deeper into. If you love folklore/ food history, you must listen. Won’t disappoint!

StevenGLee ,

I ADORE. THIS. SHOW.

A lot of the tales I’ve heard so far are either ones I read ages ago or are very similar. I feel like I’ve found long-lost friends. They are wonderfully read with obvious affection (and this is coming from a voice artist). I would love this podcast if it ended every episode with the charming sign off she does after each story but it continues with a history lesson and a recipe! These are the same stories that influenced Neil Gaiman’s stories, most obviously in Stardust, as well as the countless stories, cultures, and characters in my own imagination. Thank You! ♥️♥️♥️🥰🥰🥰

Benjamin's mommmy ,

So charming

I adore this! Rachel, your voice is absolutely charming and it brought me so much joy. I was doing laundry and making goat cheese as I listened and it was the perfect accomplishment.

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