There are some things that happen when you least expect them, or emerge spontaneously without any forethought, but kids seem to have the corner-on-the-market for going with that flow.  Such a moment happened in our backyard Friday afternoon.  The little boys were helping water my potted pants, then continued improvising with the watering can when they finished, making a hole in the ground a ‘mud pot,’ and soon had muddy wet clothes.  The clothes were peeled off, the game resumed, and soon a few green lemons were called ‘limes’ and added to the muddy hole in the ground.  And so “Lime Stew” was born.

muddy hole with green lemons

muddy hole with green lemons

The ‘cooking’ continued in earnest, with many trips back and forth to the lemon tree for more limes,’ and to the soil underneath for more ingredients to be sprinkled into the stew– ‘salt’ if I remember right.

adding 'salt'

adding 'salt'

The little cooks were as vigorous as any chef in a professional kitchen, and moved from stew to ingredients with gleeful speed.  You can imagine this funny back and forth finishing with a final touch to their dish equivalent to an Italian grape-stomping…

mashing the stew

mashing the stew

from every point of view this was serious fun!

To my knowledge the stew was never sampled, and just as well because it was time to go inside for a supper cooked in our other kitchen.

the serious chef

the serious chef, unclad

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