"Do you remember Dave Alpers? He was one of Babin's old golfing buddies who hung out in the store nearly every day. I thought of him when I read this:
In times of famine Mediterranean peoples would eat their 'water soup,' simmered over an open fire with a few stones to give it 'flavor.' In better times vegetables would go in the pot of water to make a broth, flavored with some meatless bones.Dave told me that his mother used to make Wassersuppe. He didn't mention her using stones. I wonder if she did."