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. …

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. …

The 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. …

The Fish & The Ring or the Great Fish Pie Surprise

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. …

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 Buried Moon or 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. …

Ali Baba & The 40 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. …
A leaping hare

Jesper & the Hares with just a Smidgen of 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. …
An illustration of folklore character Vasilissa the Fair

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. …

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. …