Created and performed by LULÚ BORDALEJO

      There is a young woman named Lou, who is traveling around the world. She plays music, sings songs to help pay for her trip. There comes a day when she runs out of money and food at the same time. On that same day, she happens upon a small village. She thinks that in this small village she is sure to find someone that can give her a bit of food.

      She knocks at the door of a friendly looking house. An old woman opens the door slightly. Lou asks her if she has a bit of food to spare for a weary traveler. Sadly, the owner of the house answers that she doesn’t have any food in the house at all. The same happens at all the other houses Lou visits. Not a single person in the whole village has so much as a crumb of bread in the house. Lou does not get discouraged, however. Instead she comes up with a plan.  She announces to the villagers that she is going to cook a special dish.

 

      She shows everyone she owns a stone and she is going to prepare a stone soup. “A stone soup? What is that?” everybody wonders. Lou lights a fire. She borrows an empty pot and puts water in it. Lou places the stone in the pot. The water starts heating up and Lou looks happy. “Are you really cooking a stone soup?” a man asks. “Yes, I am. Although it might taste better if we had some onions”. Lou replied. “I have two onions in my cottage. I will bring them for the soup.” The man goes to his cottage and brings two onions. They chop them and put them in the pot. Later, a woman walks by. “Are you really cooking a stone soup?” the woman asks. “Yes, I am. Although it might taste better if we had some carrots”. Lou replied. “I have three carrots in my kitchen. I will bring them for the soup.” The woman goes to her kitchen and brings three carrots. They chop them and put them in the pot. After a while, a boy walks by. “Are you really cooking a stone soup?” the boy asks. “Yes, I am. Although it might taste better if we had some potatoes”. Lou replied. “My mother has four potatoes in our house. I will bring them for the soup.” The boy goes to his house and brings four potatoes. They peel them and put them in the pot.

       One by one every villager gets near to smell the unique meal, and they bring whatever they have to help Lou. Step by step, bit by bit, the stone soup starts smelling delicious. Once all the vegetables are cooked and the water is boiling, Lou adds some salt, pepper and special spices. She removes the stone and serves everyone in the village a bowl of stone soup.