Stone Soup

Hello all! So every year my family has a soup party where we get together and everyone makes a soup and then we vote on who made the best soup. This has been going on for 30+ years now and this year it will be happening in the middle of April. Anyway, this year I thought it would be fun and unique to make some stone soup! If you are unfamiliar with what stone soup is here is the basic story: “Some travelers come to a village, carrying nothing more than an empty cooking pot. Upon their arrival, the villagers are unwilling to share any of their food stores with the hungry travelers. Then the travelers go to a stream and fill the pot with water, drop a large stone in it, and place it over a fire. One of the villagers becomes curious and asks what they are doing. The travelers answer that they are making “stone soup”, which tastes wonderful and which they would be delighted to share with the villager, although it still needs a little bit of garnish, which they are missing, to improve the flavor. The villager, who anticipates enjoying a share of the soup, does not mind parting with a few carrots, so these are added to the soup. Another villager walks by, inquiring about the pot, and the travelers again mention their stone soup which has not yet reached its full potential. The villager hands them a little bit of seasoning. More and more villagers walk by, each adding another ingredient. Finally, the stone (being inedible) is removed from the pot, and a delicious and nourishing pot of soup is enjoyed by travelers and villagers alike. Although the travelers have thus tricked the villagers into sharing their food with them, they have successfully transformed it into a tasty and nutritious meal which they share with the donors.” There are many variations of the story, but that’s the general idea. I was trying to find an old fashioned recipe but am having trouble finding one. There seems to be many recipes out there, but they are all so different and without any kind of consistency it is hard to figure out what is a “classic” stone soup. Does anyone know of a good recipe? Also, what kind of stone should be put in the soup? I did some research and have found that cooking with stones in soups/stews and in general is not that uncommon of a cooking method during ancient times around the world. Are there any stones that should be avoided or used because they add some flavor or minerals? Any information would be helpful. Thanks!

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