Wanted: Great Literary Soups and Stews
January 11, 2011 5:01 PM Subscribe
Please point me toward some extraordinary and odd soups & stews from the world of fiction. I would like to make some of them.
posted by YamwotIam to Food & Drink (19 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
This is for a series of dinner parties, so... The Rules:
1. The soup/stew must plausibly be edible (stones are out) and perhaps delicious, as far as you can tell.
2. It must be possible to, you know, get the ingredients (e.g., griffins are out), unless a reasonable substitution comes to mind.
3. Far-fetched is better.
Ultra bonus points for vegetarian sumptuosity, but it's not a requirement. If you've made it, spill the story.
"But in the end he lugged a dirty canvas bag out of the depths of his trouser pocket, and counted out six shillings and sixpence into Toad's paw. Then he disappeared into the caravan for an instant, and returned with a large iron plate and a knife, fork, and spoon. He tilted up the pot, and a glorious stream of hot rich stew gurgled into the plate. It was, indeed, the most beautiful stew in the world, being made of partridges, and pheasants, and chickens, and hares, and rabbits, and pea-hens, and guinea-fowls, and one or two other things. Toad took the plate on his lap, almost crying, and stuffed, and stuffed, and stuffed, and kept asking for more, and the gipsy never grudged." (from Wind in the Willows)
"George said it was absurd to have only four potatoes in an Irish stew, so we washed half-a-dozen or so more, and put them in without peeling. We also put in a cabbage and about half a peck of peas. George stirred it all up, and then he said that there seemed to be a lot of room to spare, so we overhauled both the hampers, and picked out all the odds and ends and the remnants, and added them to the stew. There were half a pork pie and a bit of cold boiled bacon left, and we put them in. Then George found half a tin of potted salmon, and he emptied that into the pot. He said that was the advantage of Irish stew: you got rid of such a lot of things. I fished out a couple of eggs that had got cracked, and put those in. George said they would thicken the gravy." (from Three Men in a Boat)