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. …

The Dark History of Chocolate

In this bonus episode I talk with Emma Kay about her wonderful new book The Dark History of Chocolate. …

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. …

The Sprig of Rosemary and The Potato Principle

n 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. …

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. …

Vernacular Voices of the Storyteller

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 King of England & His Three Sons or the Apple Identity

In which we discover that golden apples are never in convenient places, that 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 chopping things with swords can have surprising results. …

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. …

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 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. …

The Slippers of the 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 …

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. …