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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Stone Soup

When we each give a little, we can feed the whole world.

Marianne Larned

The beauty of this soup is, you can use whatever you have, ask your child about their favorite vegetables and use those, or invite some friends over and ask each to bring one ingredient to add to the soup.  When I taught preschool at Shorewood, we made this soup every year, and it always delighted the children.

Here's What You Need:

a "magic" stone that you and your child have chosen together. Clean it well, and boil it in water a few minutes to purify.

A large pot.

A bit of olive or canola oil.

Onions, celery, carrots, potatoes....clean out the refrigerator! Or, invite friends to participate and bring a few ingredients.  

Optional:  chicken or vegetable stock, but water works just fine!  Tomato paste, salt, pepper, seasonings.  Anything you would normally put in your soup.

Here's What You Do:

*Read the story below and have storytelling time with you children--you can tell it in your own words. Or, go to the library and check out one of the versions recommended at the end of this post.

*Take a walk together and select your magic stone. Clean it well.

*Chop up vegetables, letting your child help as much as possible.  Peeling the vegetables is optional--many of the nutrients are actually contained there, and it gives the soup a rustic look if you chop without peeling.

*Add a little oil to the bottom of the pot and saute onions, garlic and celery, if you are using them.  

*Add several cups of water, stock or broth to the pot.  Add your clean, magic stone.

*dump in all of your chopped vegetables and other ingredients.  (tomato paste, barley, cooked rice, quinoa, your choice!)

*Bring soup to a boil for two minutes, and then turn to medium/low--and cook until veggies are tender/crisp.  (not too soft)

*Have dinner with your family, friends and neighbors--whoever contributed to the stone soup!  Great with crusty bread, corn bread, or tortillas.

Stone Soup

A Folktale

     There was once a man who had been traveling for a long time. Having run out of food, he was weary and hungry from his journey. When he came upon a small village, he thought, "Maybe someone could share some food."
When the man knocked at the first house, he asked the woman who answered, "Could you spare a bit of food? I’ve traveled a long way and am very hungry." "I’m sorry, but I have nothing to give you," the woman replied.
     So the traveler went to the next door and asked again. The answer was the same. He went from door to door and each time he was turned away. Not one of the villagers were willing to oblige the man as times were tough and no one had much to spare.
But then one villager said, "All I have is some water." "Thank you," the traveler said smiling gratefully, "We can make some soup from that water. We can make stone soup."
     He asked the man for a cooking pot and started building a small fire. As the water started to boil, a passing villager stopped and asked him what he was doing. "I’m making stone soup," the traveler replied. "Would you like to join me?" The curious villager agreed.
     "First, we must add a special stone," said the traveler. "One with magic in it." He reached into his knapsack and carefully unwrapped a special stone he’d been carrying with him for many years. Then he put it in the simmering pot.
     Soon people from the village heard about this strange man who was making soup from a stone. They started gathering around the fire, asking questions. "What does your stone soup taste like?" asked one of the villagers. "Well, it would be better with a few onions," the traveler admitted. "Oh, I have some onions," he replied.
Another villager said, "I could bring a few carrots." Someone else offered, "We still have some potatoes in our garden. I’ll go get them."
     One by one, each villager brought something to add to the pot. What had started as just some water and a magic stone, had now become a delicious soup, enough to feed the whole village. The traveler and the villagers sat down together to enjoy their feast, and the miracle they’d help to create.  

Stone Soup Inspirations
The Stone Soup Folktale has been the inspiration for many other groups and organizations. Most notably the book, Stone Soup for the World edited by Marianne Larned. This collection of heartwarming stories, many which can be found on the Stone Soup for the World website, feature ordinary people doing extraordinary things and show that greatness grows out of simple acts of giving. After reading the inspirational stories, we hope you catch the Stone Soup spirit, which is the belief that "Like the traveler in the folktale, we each have a magic stone: the power to give and get others to join us in building a world that works for everyone."
The Stone Soup Foundation works to support the premise of the stone soup story, that with a little imagination, cooperation and goodwill, we can make the world a better place.

Somewhere on this planet, someone has a solution to each of the world's problems.
It might be one of us.
The future is in our hands and the hands of our children.
With your help, we can build a more hopeful world.
What can you do today, tomorrow, next week, next year?
And if you sometimes think you haven't enough time, energy, or resources,
remember the Stone Soup folktale:
When we each give a little, we can feed the whole world.

Marianne Larned 

By Ann McGovern

By Heather Forest

By Jon J. Muth

By Marcia Brown

By Jess Stockham

1 comment:

  1. This is the Stone Soup book we have
    We love it and I didn't know until this post that's there's a whole "stone soup" world out there!