Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too!

Children love the silliness of this poem, especially if you are silly reading it!   (Just how fast can YOU read “Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too?)  Most children will ask what Mulligan Stew is, so… why not schedule some family time to play in the kitchen this summer and make some stew for dinner?  (see recipe below)  Be sure to have the poem printed out and nearby so you can recite together…

Ickle was captain, and Pickle was crew
And Tickle served coffee and Mulligan Stew!”

Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too
by Shel Silverstein

from “Where the Sidewalk Ends”  1974

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Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too
Went for a ride in a flying shoe.
“Hooray!”
“What fun!”
“It’s time we flew!”
Said Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too.

Ickle was captain, and Pickle was crew
And Tickle served coffee and mulligan stew
As higher
And higher
And higher they flew,
Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too.

Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too,
Over the sun and beyond the blue.
“Hold on!”
“Stay in!”
“I hope we do!”
Cried Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too.

Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle too
Never returned to the world they knew,
And nobody
Knows what’s
Happened to
Dear Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too.

 

 

Mulligan Stew

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cans (10-1/2 ounces each) beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • 3 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 celery ribs, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1 onion, cut into eight wedges
  • 1 cup each frozen corn, green beans, lima beans and peas
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

Directions

Combine flour and pepper; toss with beef cubes. In a Dutch oven, brown beef in oil. Add broth, water, bay leaves, garlic salt, oregano, basil and dill; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until meat is tender, about 2 hours. Add carrots, potatoes, celery and onion; cover and simmer for 40 minutes. Add corn, beans and peas; cover and simmer 15 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender. Combine cornstarch and cold water until smooth; add to stew. Bring to a boil; boil and stir for 2 minutes. Remove bay leaves; add parsley. Yield: 8-10 servings.

Nutritional Facts: One 1-cup serving (prepared with reduced-sodium broth) equals 203 calories, 5 g fat (0 saturated fat), 31 mg cholesterol, 239 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 15 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 starch, 1 meat.

LINK  Taste of Home 2014

 

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