Mock turtle soup is made not from turtle but from beef. It was created in the 18th century in England as an imitation of Green Turtle soup. It is the strangest soup I have ever made, containing cookies and hard boiled eggs, and it was surprisingly tasty.
I, of course, knew the story of Alice in Wonderland but I don't think I had ever read the novel. So when I was looking for an audio book to listen to while on my walks I decided to download and listen to this as it was our Cook the Books selection for August/September.
There was not a ton of food in the novel but there were lots of references from which to get inspiration from mushrooms that made you grow and shrink, to tea parties where the Queen constantly screamed to behead people.
But I drew my inspiration from a character in the novel that had escaped my knowledge prior to
reading listening to this classic book, the Mock Turtle.....of Mock Turtle soup claim, of course.
I almost didn't make this soup after reading through the recipe. Such a strange conglomeration of ingredients but I figured what the heck and I'm so glad that I did. This soup is very good, economical and easy to make.
It comes together much like sloppy joes and has a taste remeniscent of sloppy joes but in soup form. I'm going to make it again when the Angel Face in on a visit and see if we can stream the movie from Disney to watch while we enjoy it.
I will also be sharing this recipe and review over at Foodies Read. Stop by and see what the other foodies are reading this month.