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. …