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The vagabond was so hungry his stomach wasn’t just grumbling it was calling obscenities.
He finally arrived at a small village and began to ask the villagers for food. But the hungry villagers turned him away because they didn’t have enough to feed their families. It was hardtimes for everyone.
The resourceful vagabond gathered some wood and started a bonfire in the middle of town, then he got a big pot of water on to boil while he fished out what appeared to be a large stone. The villagers watched as this strange man tossed this curious stone into the water. They began to gather around the spectacle.
The vagabond drew a laddleful of the steaming liquid to his lips and tasted it and smacked his lips in satisfaction. The villagers began to drool.
“This sure is delicious rock soup, “ the Vagabond announced “but it could use some carrots, if anyone would like to share this soup, they can add some carrots.” A small boy ran off and came back with some scraggly carrots he was saving. They tossed them in, and after a quick taste it was decided it could use a few more ingredients. The villagers dashed away and pulled up floor boards to reveal their secret stashes. Before long a line had formed of people eager to share the tantalizing StoneWater soup.
No one in the village went hungry that day and they all learned a valuable lesson about coming together as a community.
To make your own sock soup at home, serve your guests a large bowl of plain old chicken or vegetable stock (with or without a stone), fill your table with small bowls of pre-cooked ingredients from each catagory so people can pass them around and create their own customrock soup… just remember to take out the rock or people will be sending you their dental bill.
Here are some suggestions for things to have to customize your simple stock. Give it a community vibe by having people bring one or two ingredients from the list and make sure you have at least two from each catagory.
grated carrots sauteed mushrooms grilled eggplant
fried zucchini cubbed roast parsnips roasted celeriac
balsamic fried onions grated beets
cooked raviolis cooked tortellinis boiled potatoes
steamed rice diced roast squash mashed potatoes
cooked chicken breast sliced ham meatballs
grilled prawns pepperoni stick, chopped hard-boiled eggs
SAUCES AND AROMATICS
pesto good olive oil hot sauce
lemon juice a splash of wine sliced green onions
fresh parsley grated garlic sliced chillis
shaved red onion
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