Bad Karma Warmers
by MaceVindaloo, Iella, SuSu
Menu: Can Luck Soup, Corn Flavor | No-Boiling Baked Lasagne, Soup Flavor
Not so long ago, ThrawnMcEwok issued a "green-eyed mudfight challenge" on TFN and in addition to his multipart story, Iella created a tale in her At the Oasis AU series called The Legend of the Abominable Roon Mudman, where Jacen Solo learns that unsatisfied women are usually a LOT scarier than any beast, mythic or real! Alas, he ends up the worst off in the challenge, and we reckon that he got carried off to the nearest tramping hut for some TLC.
Caught in a sudden storm, wet, cold, and really angry at one another, the five-person cast and crew emptied their rucksacks and tossed their canned rations onto the floor, which amounted to cans of soup, kernal corn, a packet of lasagne noodles, some packets of cheeses, and some spices and condiments. Being that they had plenty of water bucketing down from the heavens, they decided to make a soup and a layered pasta casserole to feed themselve. Having full bellies often improved the karma of any bad situation and made most things better.
Anyway, they were all forced to strip down to rinse the mud out of their clothes, socks and shoes, and hang them up to dry by the hearth fire. And huddle up to prevent freezing. That, and some warming soup and lasagne, would put most in a fairly forgiving mood!
Can Luck Soup, Corn Flavor
The collection of canned rations may seem random, but Danni Quee, who had survived in field situations far worse than this one, knew that you can combine just about any canned, condensed soups to make something far more interesting than the original items. And if you have some canned mushrooms or corn kernels on hand, it elevates the soup to gourmet fare! Seasonings can only make it better. Be sure to use a whisk to mix it all together really well Danni never skimps on the right tools, even if her tastes in soup are weird. But it does taste good!
Make more soup than you think you need leftovers can be used as an artful and interesting pasta sauce to be used over any noodles of your choice, but are especially good in the lasagne to follow.
Serves nearly 10 big bowls of soup. Good meal with toasted bread!
No-Boiling Baked Lasagne, Soup Flavor
Tenel Ka is not much of a cook, growing up as she had to be Queen Mother of the Hapes Cluster; the palace tried to teach Tenel Ka haughtiness over compassion, and hoped to overcome her natural earthiness. But as a Dathomiran witch, she had spells and brews bred into her soul. After the death of her mother at her grandmother's plotting, she didn't trust anyone in the palace to do anything for her, especially not feed her! She learned to make do, and was proud of the messes she created in order to brew up something to eat from someone else's leftovers. As much as she outwardly might have detested Danni Quee, the two were a good team in the kitchen, since Danni's concoctions dovetailed nicely with Tenel Ka's subsequent "improvements."
What's a poor man like Jacen to do, wedged tightly between the two demanding women, pressed to answer who's dish he liked better? Remember, in this story, he's huddling naked in a tiny camping hut, recovering from a knock to the head and hypothermia ... so they're really close and equally ungarbed and REALLY pressing ... He did what any Solo male would do in the absence of his Wookiee firstmate eat what was presented to him, then ask for seconds, gleefully!
(Being that they were all naked, the cast and crew probably appreciated that by using soup and water, you can limit the calories you'd normally find in the usual rich sauce-based lasagne recipes ... means you don't have to suck your gut in so far when so exposed!)
Ladle a quarter of the soup / sauce / water mixture on the bottom and lay lasagne noodles directly on the soup in a single layer. Ladle another quarter of the soup over the noodles, then distribute ½ cup of ricotta cheese over the soup, then ½ cup of grated cheese over that. Put on another layer of lasagne, then the same proportion of soup, and cheeses over that. Finish with a cheese layer on top. Sprinkle the parmesan and/or breadcrumbs evenly over the top.
If the pan seems over-full, place it in a foil- or parchment paper-lined baking sheet (to catch drips), and place in the heated oven. Cook for about an hour, or till a skewer pushes in through the layers easily. The sauce should be bubbling and the top crisped by then.
Remove from the oven and let sit for a few minutes till it stops boiling. Cut into eighths. Makes a fine meal with a green salad! Serves 8.
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