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 and that kale has its very own 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.
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 is the companion to Kitchen Witch: Food, Folklore & fairytale and includes many of the traditional and seasonal recipes referenced in that book.
In which we discover that everything is not always as it seems, that you should take advice from helpful travellers, that bees can be excellent as a home protection system and that the taste of honey can make you cross worlds.
I met with Zuza Zak and we talked about her wonderful new book Slavic Kitchen Alchemy: Nourishing Herbal Remedies, Magical Recipes & Folk Wisdom. Zuza is also the author of ‘Polska: New Polish Cooking’, ‘Amber & Rye: A Baltic Food Journey Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania’ and ‘Pierogi: Over 50 Recipes to Create Perfect Polish Dumplings’
In which we find out that certain tropes aren't always true, that a heart of gold sometimes needs assistance and that brownies in the house are invaluable. We also venture into peat bogs and cheese riots in pursuit of food and folklore.
In which we discover that taking care of animals is its own reward, fishermen are somehow inherently magical, womens voices can achieve change and a good risotto creates its own legend.
In this episode I talked with Aaron Bobick the host of Appalachian Folklore Podcast and Stories from the Cabin, a storytelling podcast within a podcast and we talked all things food, folklore and story.
In which we find out that eggs are not as straight forward as you might think, that luck doesn't really come into it, that truths can be uncomfortable and that the advice you recieve from old women is invaluable no matter where they heard it.
In which we discover that princes can be forgiven anything, that women are destined to some sorrow no matter what they do, that onions aren't always just onions and secure mail is essential.