There is a bit of a nip in the air today and I think this weather calls for a bowl of delicious, hearty soup.
I actually found this recipe in a book on Merlin’s shelves when I was sorting through them to throw them all away. It was a strange recipe, requiring one to ask the neighbors for all sorts of ingredients. Well, I don’t speak to most of my neighbors so I adjusted the recipe accordingly.
First of all you need a nice big enameled cast iron pot. Don’t skimp on this step!
Put the pot on the stove filled with 2 quarts of water and bring it to a rolling boil.
You need a clean white stone for the next step. I suppose you could use any clean white stone, but I use one I found on the beach near Martha Stewart’s house. I really think it is worth going to that beach in Connecticut to get your own stone because the quality is so much better than other white stones.
Bring the water back to a boil and let it cook for 45 minues to impart the delicious mineral flavors. Add salt and pepper to taste. I use about 1 1/2 cups of salt and a dash of pepper.
In the original recipe they threw a bunch of random vegetables in the water willy nilly, but I like the clean taste of spinach. Occasionally I add a lentil or two for some chewiness, but I didn’t today.
When your kids come into the kitchen looking for dinner, you know it is done. Remove from the heat and serve.