Dragon Stew

2015-07-14 08_50_11


Hank: (all tucked into bed)

Me: Right, all settled?

Hank: Yup.

Me: Tell me about your very best favorite part of today.

Hank: Um… Oh, today I rode my bike and then we made cakes out of terra (dirt).

Me: That was my very favorite and my best game when I was your age.

Hank: Gomos (Hank’s summer program) has an outdoor kitchen with real panelas (pots) for cooking whatever we can imagine.

Me: Nice.

Hank: I was thinking I would like to make a kitchen for our veranda.

Me: Molly would love that. Let’s do it.

Hank: This weekend?

Me: Consider it done. Did you make dragon stew, yesterday?

Hank: What’s that?

Me: It is a magical meal just for dragons. I used to make it with my cousins all the time when we were kids.

Hank: How do you make it? I want to make it tomorrow.

Me: Well, the first thing you absolutely must do is dig a shallow pit in the earth and line that pit with smooth stones. This is essential, because of the threat a dragon could sneeze and accidentally set a wild fire.

Hank: Oh.

Me: Then you collect the ingredients for your stew. A collection of all of a dragons favorite foods.

Hank: I know this: pine cones and needles, eucalyptus seeds and leaves, shiny things like mica… what else?

Me: Only white flowers because yellow flowers give dragons indigestion, sea shells, green leaves and sweet gum burs, horse chestnuts…

Hank: The kind you don’t eat.

Me: Correct, also commonly called buckeyes or conkers.   Dragons also love quartz, but hate dirt. You collect all the ingredients then mix it together to make a stew. Then, just like when you leave food for the dragons at the castle you can whisper your wishes and fears into the stew and in the cover of night a dragon will grant you luck to make your wishes come true.

Hank: But you have to work hard to make the luck real.

Me: That’s right. I used to make dragon stew all the time and would pray that a dragon would find it, but I alas, there are no castles in America so I had to wait a long time to have any dragon luck.

Hank: Mama, I think dragons travel. You are forgetting about tourist dragons. Tourist dragons search the world for magic and I know they found your stew and brought luck to your primos (cousins) and you. You are a very lucky person.

Me: You really think?

Hank: I know.

Me: You’re right. I’ve made a lot of luck in my life.

Hank: Who knows, maybe one of the dragons who eat my stew will remember your recipe and say, “Hey, this tastes like that American Dragon Stew I had on my travels in the 1980s. Best stew I ever had.”

Me: (beaming)

Hank: (yawning) I will add some wishes and dreams in my stew for you, too, mama.

Me: Thank you, my dove.

Hank: Good night, mama.

Me: Sweet dreams, my best boy.


Recipe for Dragon Stew

White flowers (never yellow, yellow flowers give dragons indigestion)
Eucalyptus Seeds and Leaves
Sea Shells (to add salt)
Green Leaves
Pine, Cones and Needles
Horse Chestnuts
Sweet Gum Burs

When making dragon stew first dig a small, shallow pit in the earth and line that pit completely with stones. This incase of dragon sneeze this prevents a wild fire.

Next, collect all the ingredients and make a stew, mix well and it is best to sing or laugh while mixing, that is how you add magic. Lastly, decorate artfully the top of the stew with green leaves and white flowers. Dragons love artful presentations.

Place your finished stew in the stone lined pit. And finish by taking a quiet moment to add your wishes and dreams the dragon can use to find you later and bring you luck.


Receita para O Cozido Dragão

Flores Brancas (nunca amarelas, flores amarelas dão indigestão a dragões)
Sementes de Eucalipto e Folhas
Conchas do Mar (para adicionar sal)
Folhas Verdes
Pinho, Cones e Agulhas
Cardo de Ávore Doce

Quando fizer dragão cozido primeiro cave um pequeno buraco, rase na terra e revista a fossa completamente com pedras. Para o caso do dragão espirrar isso impede que comece um fogo selvagem.

Em seguida, recolher todos os ingredientes e fazer um cozido, misture bem e é melhor cantar ou rir enquanto mistura, é assim que você adiciona magia. Por último, decorar artisticamente o topo do cozido com folhas verdes e flores brancas. Dragões amam apresentações artísticos.

Coloque o seu cozido terminado na fossa forrada com pedras. E terminar tomando um momento de silêncio para adicionar seus desejos e sonhos o dragão pode usar para encontrá-lo mais tarde e lhe trazer sorte.