Based on the old folk tale Stone Soup, this book is a great Halloween read for bringing food and friends together. Instead of cabbage and carrots though, this story features spider eggs and mouse droppings -but don't worry, the recipe I've posted is completely gross-free.
(From Goodreads)Beef Barley Soup **and don't forget the bone!**
Known across the land for his infamous appetite, Finnigin is never seen without his eating stool, his eating spoon, and his gigantic eating mouth. When Finnigin finds himself in a new town on Halloween, he hopes to join a great feast with the creatures who live there. But not a body or soul will share any of their food with the ever-famished Finnigin. So what’s a hungry skeleton to do? Armed only with his wits and a special ingredient, will Finnigin be able to stir up a cauldron’s worth of Halloween magic?
- 2 pounds beef stew meat, diced into 1 inch pieces
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 cup chopped onion ((or onion pearls for stewed eye balls!))
- 1 cup sliced carrots
- 1/2 cup fresh sliced mushrooms
- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic ((spider eggs, maybe?))
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
- 3 cups water
- 1 (16 ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables ((make sure there are green beans -could be frog legs, you know))
- 4 small red potatoes, cut into chunks
- 1/2 cup quick barley ((these could be mouse droppings!))
- Season beef stew chunks with salt and pepper to taste. Place seasoned beef in a large soup pot. Add 2 tablespoons of oil and saute for 5 minutes on high heat. Remove meat. Add 2 more tablespoons of oil to pot and add onions, carrots, and mushrooms. Saute for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add garlic and thyme to pot and saute for 3 more minutes.
- Add the chicken broth and 3 cups of water to pot. Add the frozen mixed vegetables, potatoes and barley. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir all together and bring to a boil. Cover pot, reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Serve with bread and cheese, minus the worms and mold.
|BONE SOUP |
IS WHAT I MAKE
A MAGIC BONE
IS ALL IT TAKES
BOIL IT LONG AND
ADD SOME SPICE
BONE SOUP TASTES
SO VERY NICE!