And for those of you with little ones, it’s a super fun way to get your kids in the kitchen with you, and potentially (I’m not making any promises, here) eat their veggies too!
This recipe is an old treasure and was inspired by one of my favorite books as a child – Marcia Brown’s *Stone Soup. (I guess it’s no surprise that even as a kid, I liked to read about cooking!)
To improve efficiency for you, and the fun-factor for your kids, it’s important to utilize Mise en Place (as shown in photo at left).
And why not, after all this soup is based on a French folktale! So why not incorporate the French culinary method for ensuring everything is ready to go, so you and your kiddos can just concentrate on having fun and making memories to last a lifetime!
How to Make Stone Soup with Your Kids:
Once the water is in place, start asking your kids for ingredients – one by one – just like in the book:
• “Does anyone have … [name an ingredient]
• “Mmm, what would really make this soup even more magical would be … [name an ingredient]
• The stone has asked for … [name an ingredient]
It’s come to my attention that girls tend to like to do things like swirl-around in circles after adding each ingredient, because apparently swirling makes the soup taste even better. Boys are not usually into the swirling-thing, but mine sure to like to yell “bam” as each ingredient hits the crockpot. I don’t necessarily recommend this, but it is fun! Just be sure to stand clear of the “splash-zone.”
Once ya’ll have added all of the ingredients. It’s time to place the cover on the pot. My boys used to like to do this very quietly when they were little – I have no idea why? And I don’t think it really enhances the flavor of the soup. But let me just say with two rowdy boys, anything done quietly is a bonus in my book!
And that’s it. Now go play and let those stones work their magic – which just might include getting your kiddos to eat more veggies. (One can hope anyway!)
P.S. Now that my boys are older, as you can see they still enjoy making stone soup with me from time to time. And one day, Lord willing, I hope this will be a special memory that they share with their own children too!
*About the book:
Stone Soup is an award-winning book first published in 1947. It’s based on an old French folktale about some hungry soldiers who came up with a clever idea for getting a free meal. They asked the villagers in the town they were passing through to bring out the biggest pot they could find and then they would teach them how to make stone soup just as they had made it for the King.
Of course the villagers got very excited about the idea of making soup that was fit for the King, so they quickly got the biggest pot they could find. The soldiers then asked for water to fill the pot. So the villagers obliged. Next, they asked for three round stones, which would be the catalyst for the magical transformation.
Then they began to cleverly ask for all the necessary ingredients for soup – one by one – with the villagers humorously running back and forth bringing the soldiers everything they asked for. (After all, if this soup was good enough for the King, then they certainly wanted to try it too.)
The tale ends with everyone sharing a delicious soup that’s only magic was the clever idea of appealing to the villagers desire to enjoy something special enough for a King.