Thursday, March 25, 2010

Stone Soup

The girls have been helping me put together my dinner menu each week and for tonight's meal Anna wanted to make Stone Soup.

They gathered some stones:
Washed their stones:

Chopped the potatoes, carrots and celery (I chopped the garlic & onion):

Held their chopping knives very carefully with both hands:
And helped me put the stones into the pot:
Besides the ingredients listed above, I threw in some lentils, sauteed all those ingredients in olive oil, added chicken broth and cooked the soup until everything was tender. Then I blended it all in the blender and added some cream and broccoli. Mmm mmm mmm! It turned out very good. I think the blender step helps a soup like this be more kid friendly (except for the fact that my girls hate the sound of the blender and Ruthie cried the whole time).

Anna helped mix up biscuits to go with the soup:

Which I finished while sitting in the doorway watching them play:
A dinner of Stone Soup and biscuits! Anna is pretending to eat one of the stones, even though we said they were just for flavoring:
The girls loved their soup, and they loved making it. We read the story of Stone Soup while we ate. Have you ever made Stone Soup as a community meal with each person/family contributing an ingredient? The cookbook we used for this soup comes from one of the preschools in our area that makes it in that way, each kid brings a soup ingredient on the designated day and as a class they make soup out of whatever is brought. Someday you'll have to join us for Stone Soup and bring whatever soup ingredient strikes your fancy. Mushrooms? Noodles? Barley? Kale? The possibilities are endless.


Katrina said...

You are such a fun mom, Katie. I love reading about all your cute adventures with your girls. We will have to make some of our own Stone Soup. :)

akamilby said...

Oh my gosh, I enlarged the final picture to see Anna's face bigger, and I laughed aloud. She looks so ferocious, in a soft, girly way. Once I read this to the kids, I'm sure we'll be making stone soup too! I'll have to look for the book at the library: we don't have that one. You are so creative Miss Kates--I want to be your kid (but being your sister is pretty good too:))!

Jeanette said...

Ok, I was agreeing with you all the way until the blender. Stone soup is good, but one of the cardinal rules of stone soup is to never EVER put it in the blender. I'm guessing you're gonna be asking for a new blender for Christmas. -Michael

katie said...

Okay, okay, so you just have to make sure the stones don't get in the blender!