Monday, March 4, 2013

Reading Week!

When my oldest was two, The Tawny Scrawny Lion was his very favorite book.  My husband and I knew the book by heart.  *Spoiler Alert!  The Tawny Scrawny Lion starts out thin because he has to work too hard to eat meat so he meets a rabbit who feeds him carrot stew and becomes fat and happy The End.  

This book lists the ingredients for the rabbit's carrot stew including:
Good-Smelling Herbs

Don't ask me why the rabbit family eats fish.  Perhaps they're pescetarians.  

When my son was little I wanted to make the stew for him, but I couldn't bring myself to put fish in it until I thought of Goldfish crackers!  It's been a hit ever since.

March is reading month apparently, and I have been wanting to share some homeschool/preschool recipes with you guys.  What better way than to start with a week's worth of food based on children's books?


Tawny Scrawny Lion Carrot Stew

1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 (4-5 oz) chopped portobello mushroom (gills removed)
2 lbs carrots, peeled and sliced
5 C water
1/2 tsp fresh rosemary leaves, diced
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
Salt and Pepper to taste
Olive oil

Heat a little olive oil in a large pot, then add the onion and cook until it is transparent.  Add the garlic and cook until the scent blooms (about 30-50 seconds).  Add the mushrooms.  Cook until the mushrooms release their juices.  Add water, carrots and herbs and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until carrots are soft.  When the carrots are cooked, use an immersion blender to puree the soup.  Serve with fishy crackers and berries for dessert!

 My guys love this soup! 


  1. This soup looks soooo good, not to mention I am LOVING the fishie crackers as a topping :) I fully support rabbit pescatarians, ps...

    1. I think we should rally around the poor, overlooked pescetarian rabbits. Surely they deserve our respect and admiration! Way to be, bunnies! Way. To. Be.

  2. Oh, what a fabulous, creative carrot stew! I'm sure you have some happy bunnies in your house. I love book-inspired food, too! Roald Dahl was always a favorite for us, and I even ended up getting his 2 cookbooks. Lots of fun!

    1. I was definitely considering a Charlie recipe for this week but decided against it. Perhaps next year! I had no idea there were cookbooks!

  3. My daughter also loves the Tawny Scrawny Lion. Perhaps this will be a way to *finally* get her to eat some soup!! Thanks for the great recipe and the addition of goldfish :)

  4. I love thick soups like this, and my friend lent me her immersion blender, so I'm all over this.

    I love that it's not just herbs, but "good-smelling herbs." Makes them sound magical.

    1. Yay for friends with immersion blenders! I don't know what I'd do without mine. It's a handy thing. You could do the purée in a regular stand blender if you needed to, but it takes a lot of dish washing out of the equation with a hand held model. Do be careful though, hot soup can really burn if it splashes on you!

  5. Noah just read this book for the first time last week, it was also the first time I had it read to me or ever even heard of it. We loved the book!


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