The World through Soup
This month, we're going to do a little soupseeing—like sightseeing, only with soup!
The challenge is to try soup that's common to a different place, culture, or time. Step away from the usual, so your family can sip a new soup and make connections to people who live far away, who live in a different culture, or who lived in another time.
Soup is and has been at the table around the world for thousands of years. Certain soups are associated with specific countries, holidays, seasons, celebrations, historic periods, cultures, and peoples.
What can we learn about people through their soup?
Keep it Simple!
You can make a soup from scratch, serve a prepared soup, get takeout, or visit a restaurant. And don't worry if the kids don't love the soup.
The goal is connections, not calories!
Soups from Many Countries
Try one or more soups from countries other than your own. Here are some ideas:
- Food Network's 18 Soups from Around the World
- Wikipedia's List of Soups and their Origins
- SoupSong's International Soups with Recipes
- Trip Advisor's "International Foods Near Me" Restaurant Guide
- Scholastic's 5 Kid-Friendly International Soup Recipes
- Vietnamese Pho recipe (with video—oh the spices! This is a cook-for-hours "from scratch" recipe, so make it a project!)
- Middle Eastern Lentil Soup recipe (quick and easy compared to pho)
Soups around the U.S.A.
You could try soups associated with certain regions and states of the U.S. For example:
- Louisiana's gumbo
- New England clam chowder
- the Southeast's Brunswick stew
- Make barley soup with a recipe from Colonial Williamsburg, VA
- Read about the 2,400 year old soup and soup pot found in a Chinese tomb
- Cook Medieval pottage stew
- Try First Nations' Three Sisters Soup
If there's a soup from your childhood or your parents' childhood, re-create that and share it with your children. Tell how that soup is remembered and why it was served.
I remember my mom talking about eating Depression-era soup with all the vegetables from the family garden. Friends of mine talk about growing up eating peanut soup made with peanuts from the peanut farm where their dad worked.
And of course, if the kids help make or choose the soup, they're more likely to try some!
Posted February 1st, 2018
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