Like most of you, my husband and I are teaching our kids that sometimes in life you have to suck it up and do things you don’t like to do. The toilets have to get cleaned, diapers have to get changed, supper has to get made. We all have a choice in our attitude when doing the things we don’t like to do. I want my children to learn to do all things, even the things they don’t like to do, with a cheerful attitude. But sometimes I think we can use our children’s interests, their passions, and blend them with things that aren’t necessarily their favorite. And soon, that thing they didn’t like to do, is now something they enjoy.
My oldest boy (age 10) does not like to cook. Which means that now my six-year-old boy doesn’t like to cook (because he wants to be like his big brother). Every Tuesday is our cooking day in our “school”. Which means every Tuesday is not their favorite. I want cooking to be something they enjoy, not just something they have to do, so I figured out a way to make it fun for them. They LOVE adventure, LOVE exploration, and LOVE learning anything and everything about survival. So I decided to add a dash of adventure to our cooking.
Once a month or so, we will be making something from items we can only forage from the land, something you could make if you were lost on a mountain or stranded in the jungle. We are trying to use things out of our own garden, but if it’s not the right season, we are cheating and buying them at the grocery store. The goal is to only use items that could be foraged; dandelions, catcus, things that can grow in a garden, etc. We are vegetarian, otherwise we would be including meat in this list.
Last time, the kids learned how to stew tomatoes and make a tomato sauce, grinding them with a freshly washed rock and adding herbs and spices.
Today, we are making stone soup over an open outdoor fire. It decided to rain, but we are not going to let that stop us. It’s still warm outside so I assure you there was no torture involved. And we were able to finish the soup before it started pouring.
We used their (clean) Pocket Knife to chop all of the ingredients. For those of you who are vegetarian, we cheated by using McKay’s chicken seasoning and killed our own vegetarian chicken instead of using “real” meat. 🙂
Joey and Caleb rigged this up so we could make soup over an open fire.
- 1 stone* thoroughly washed, or not ;). If you are not comfortable using a stone, a potato works.
- 6 cups of water or broth, if using water add, 6 tsp Mckay’s chicken seasoning
- 1 onion
- 1 garlic clove (as minced as you can make it)
- 1 zucchini
- 1 squash
- 2 medium carrots
- 2 celery ribs
- 3 potatoes
- We’ll add some of the stewed tomatoes we froze from our last cooking adventure.
- meat of your choice (optional)
- salt and pepper to taste
- thyme, oregano, basil (or any herbs and seasonings of your choice) to taste
Saute the onion and garlic in a bit of oil or water, and then add the water or broth with the stone, zucchini, squash, carrots, celery and potatoes, washed and chopped. Add spices and seasonings to taste. Boil until desired tenderness and then add stewed tomatoes. Dish up into mess kits
or camping dishes and enjoy!
*Do not eat the stone 🙂
Now I have lunch made for the day. Add a warm loaf of bread and it’s perfect for a rainy day. Yay!!!
While the soup was cooking, we read a couple versions of Stone Soup. This one I bookmarked is one of my favorites by Ann McGovern.
‘So the little old lady went to the garden to get some yellow onions. Into the pot went the yellow onions, with the round, gray stone. “Soup from a stone,” said the little old lady. “Fancy that.”‘
You may see an extra couple of kids. We add to our family every Tuesday when I get to watch my sister’s two boys.
You can cook outside over an open fire, or not. Grow your own herbs and vegetables, kill your own meat, or not. This is supposed to be fun (even for and especially for mama). 😉
I found it’s even more fun to cook with a cute apron so I’ve ordered the boys these camouflaged aprons on Amazon for Christmas; Tactical Apron Camo.
My goal was accomplished. My boys are already looking forward to our next cooking adventure.