I'm feeling in the mood for stone soup. If you've never had it, it is a most delicious soup, rich and nutritious.
All you need are 3 smooth stones. You could use any stones, but I find smooth ones make a better soup than rough and jagged ones.
Of course, I lack a pot in which to make the soup. Usually, there is someone who has a pot and we can start to make the soup.
You just place the stones in the pot, add water and bring it to a boil. Let it simmer for a bit and soon it is done. The most aromatic soup you have every tasted.
Sometimes, someone might drop in a bone or a few scraps of meat they've found. These are not necessary, as the soup is quite fine without them, but it does help add an extra dimension to the flavour - not that is necessary with stone soup.
Usually, someone manages to find a carrot or onion or a celery stalk or two in the corner of their cupboard and decide to drop it in. Again, stone soup is just fine the way it is, but it never hurts to add these to the soup. Sometimes even a cabbage is added.
Others have been known to add a few dried beans or a potato or two they have found hidden away somewhere - just for texture, of course. Stone soup is fine without them, but it does add a little extra to it.
As good as stone soup is, it is a little lackluster in colour. Now and then, someone will remember a bell pepper or green or yellow wax beans, or perhaps a few sprigs of parsley they had lying around and add it to the soup.
Stone soup is a miraculous soup, from just a few stones and some water, a very rich and nutritious soup can be made. I think its chief power is in warming the hearts of people.
I've got the stones, does anyone have a pot and some water?
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