Soup and Wild Things
DAY 3: The Tawny Scrawny Lion
by Kathryn Jackson
While we’re on the topic of Wild Things:
(which will be often in this space)
we must address a story that always makes me hungry.
Oddly the story itself is about a very hungry person
well, a lion.
The Tawny Scrawny Lion, chasing zebras and monkeys and elephants
and eating and eating and eating
and never getting full.
But one day Rabbit had him over for lunch and fed him soup.
Here is the part of the story where the soup comes in, after Rabbit goes fishing and brings his catch back to his brothers and sisters:
“Sure enough, there was rabbit’s house, with a big pot of carrot stew bubbling over an open fire. When they saw the fish, they popped them into the stew, along with the mushrooms and herbs. The stew began to smell very good indeed.”
Sometimes the soup you imagine in certain stories is impossible to duplicate in a real-live-soup. I am confident that if I made soup with fish and mushrooms and carrots it’d be downright disgusting.
But the way the rabbits make it! Because of this glorious soup, The Tawny Scrawny Lion (to give away the ending) stopped chasing zebras and monkeys and elephants, stopped being scrawny, and went to rabbits house for dinner every night, “looking fat as butter, sleek as satin, and jolly as all get out, all ready for another good big supper of carrot stew.”
And that is the story that makes me hungry.
I suppose I have just given you a book review. But I am going to be on the lookout for a recipe for Rabbit’s fish-and-mushroom stew. There must be a secret ingredient!