Mother Rabbit’s Get Well Soup (from “The Bunnies’ Get Well Soup”, by Joan Elizabeth Goodman)

I just loved reading this storybook to my kids. It reminds me of the book, “Stone Soup”, but in a good way. On a bitterly cold and icy morning, Mother Rabbit attempts to go out to the market to get some vegetables. She must make soup for her bunnies, all down with a cold. Before she could go very far, she ran into a friend who told her that the shops were all closed because of the ice. “What shall I do,” she asks,“ I must make soup for my bunnies!” Her friend says he has a bit of this and a bit of that, and promised to bring it over if his family could join them. Well, before you know it one person told the next person and soon, pretty much everyone Mother Rabbit knows and their kids are over, all having brought so much more than just odds and ends. The recipe that follows is the author’s. I don’t know if I have a soup pot big enough to to cook this! It also helps if you, like Mother Rabbit have all of your friends over to help with the vegetable-processing step.

4 stalks celery
3 dried peas
1 potato
6 carrots
1 pound chard
1 garlic bulb
2 turnips
5 beets
1 pound cooked lentils
8 yellow onions
6 big sweet potatoes
1 pound rice
1 pound spinach
parsley, oregano, thyme, bay leaves, salt and pepper

Wash, peel, pare, slice, cube, dice, and chop all the vegetables. Half fill your biggest pot with water. Set it on the stove to boil. Add all the ingredients, reduce to simmer. Cook for 1 hour or more. Serve with buttered toast and hugs.


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