Water Goblin – Vodyanoy – водяно́й

Water goblins or spirits can be found all over the world but one of my favorite representations is from Eastern Europe, namely Vodyanoy. He is said to appear as an old man with a fish tale, covered in muck and algae, with eyes like red-hot coals. He lives at the bottom of lakes and rivers, […]

The Snow Maiden – Snegurochka – Снегу́рочка

I have always loved folktales, mythology and fairy tales – just not the Disney versions. I spent many an hour in my childhood under the canopy of Japanese maples, listening for leprechauns and fairies, creating houses for them out of walnut husks and scraps of fabric.  To this day, I still make rice pudding every […]

Living Dead Cherry Clafoutis Amigurumi! Plus a bonus recipe for kiwi lime clafoutis!

I just love clafoutis. Generally speaking, I’m not a fan of desserts that are rich but this French confection, when combined with tart cherries, makes for a truly decadent experience with minimal output of effort. But I’ve always felt sorry for the cherries. They look so plump and shiny and happy at first, swimming in […]