Yep, Rouxdog, I’m truly trying my hand at fiction writing. I’ve been an avid reader of everything from Zane Grey to Stephen King for fifty-five years. Back before 2000 I began trying to relearn my typing skills. The quick brown fox turned into a Texas Ranger riding down a dusty trail. I still can’t type, but I have a couple of hundred thousand words written on three books I’m editing.
I just looked, the western is 41,000 words long. It still needs a lot of plot development. I’m making my books as authentic as I know how. I’ve owned and used every horse, motorcycle, and weapon I write about and started most of the fights.
Right. And as BhamBabe said, it was called "Stone Soup".
Perhaps I’m remembering wrong (it’s happened before), but I believe the first time I heard this story was from Captain Kangaroo.
I also remember reading this story as a kid, except it was Eurocentrific, not Native American. Nonetheless, I loved the idea.
That was a super story Fab.
Stepper, are you truly working on a western/ranching book or two, them fiction Cowboy thangs? If so, you might like my FREE thoughts. Might find a little flavor there. Keep in mind, I got them Longhorn cattle as well as an authentic 1880’s chuckwagon which is used regularly in Cookoffs. Now, if you want to buy me a beer while I’m downloadin on you it’ll get even better.
That’s a super story, Fabulousoyster, thank you. It’s a good illustration of the possibilities of this recipe. My own children loved making rock soup. [8D]
I’m glad you like the idea, my Friend! I’ve found rock soup feeds the imagination of children, as well as encouraging the variety of foods they enjoy. Mine all had healthy apetites, though I had to work to encourage one step-daughter to accept any green vegetables. Rock soup was a big help in this. [8D]
No, I’ve never made it and my children are past elementary grades, but this is a nice story:
Well now, I’m a fixin to go throw a little hay to the Longhorns. I’ll be looking for some good rocks.
Dick, rock soup sounds real good.
The creative culinary delights I find on ROADFOOD never cease to amaze me! Who needs Martha Stewart when you have good friends who are genius in the kitchen!
Yes, I’d heard the First Nations used heated rocks placed in natural containers such as paunches to cook foods before they traded for iron pots. I was more a meat and potatos cook than desserts, unless the kids talked me into making a cobbler or something. On my days off I’d often ask them what they wanted to help prepare for dinner. This could get interesting when we had a yard and barn full of fowl and rabbits.
Did you know that fable was based on real Native American traditions? There was also a book I read in the mid 70’s as a child that told this story called Stone Soup. I loved that book! Though I admit I’ve never made it. I tend to be of the camp that cookies are better than soup, esp when they are peanut butter cookies made by my kids [:D]
A discussion I was having with Rouxdog reminded me of another variety of soup entirely, one I haven’t seen mentioned here. Rock soup. Yes, I wrote "rock soup". The major ingredient of rock soup is a rock, of course. Select this rock wisely and it can be reused for an infinite number of batches of soup. It is best to sterilize and test this rock by boiling beforehand. The rock can be considered "done" and taken out at any point, of course.
You’ll want to be careful to select a type of natural rock that is impervious to the temperature of boiling water, which is the second ingredient you’ll add. From here on out the ingredients added are limited only by your own imagination, and that of the children you may wish to recruit to assist you.
The rock soup is best suited to days when your children, grand children, or kin are bored witless. I’m sure you can see the infinite possibilities now. With the proper preparation and suspenseful buildup a pot of rock soup can be a magical thing and will encourage children to develop their own cooking skills. Have fun! [8D]
Rock soup. Have you ever made it?
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