One of our local charities is holding a Stone Soup Day and it made me wonder how many people know how to make Stone Soup.
The story of Stone Soup varies, but the moral of the tale is always the same.
A stranger turns up in a small village that has fallen on hard times. He is advised to move on; the villagers have barely enough food to feed themselves.
The stranger produces a large cauldron and a stone. All he needs from the villagers, he says, is water. His stone will supply him with a delicious soup.
They provide him with water and watch with curiosity as he builds a fire, sets the cauldron over it and pops in the stone. He tells the villagers that his stone soup is delicious but it is even better when a little cabbage is added. One of the villagers produces a few leaves from a cabbage she has been hoarding and offers it up to the stranger's pot.
And so it goes on, until every villager has added a little of whatever food they have.
The result is a large pot of hearty soup which the stranger shares with the villagers.
Many offer to buy the magical stone from the stranger but he refuses and takes it with him when he leaves.
I'll leave you to work out the moral of the story yourself.
Have you heard the story of Stone Soup before?
[Image is of my home grown cauliflowers]
Image Credit » Ambermol