Merry Christmas Cakes!
Tuesday, 21 December 2021
Hope everyone is ready for Christmas and has stocked up on food. You might, or might not, like to try this bit of foody folklore to get your party started.
It used to be a tradition to hide a dried bean and a dried pea to the fruit cake to be eaten on Twelfth Night. Whoever got the slice with the bean in was crowned the king of the feast, and the pea decided who was the queen…
Monday, 22 November 2021
Looking through old books of folklore I found a few references to witch cakes. If you do a quick search online your likely to find cakes covered in lurid green icing and a little woman in a pointed hat. But the witch cakes made in the past were just a bit different - and probably not ones you'd want to eat.
One of the first mentions of witch cakes comes from the Salem witch trials. When the young…
An onion a day...
Monday, 8 November 2021
Thank you everyone who has supported A Feast of Folklore so far. It really means a lot that so many people seem interested in the topic!
While I’ve been working on this book I seem to keep coming across food being used in folk medicine. In the past people must have used anything they had to hand to ward off illness and obviously food was easy to get. But did any of it work? In the…