Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Booster's Slop and Leaves

by SuSu

Corran Horn first met his future father-in-law, Booster Terrik, on Tatooine, when he was competing with the then unknown bidder for the remainder of the Eidolon stash, now owned by Huff Darklighter. He had made a fool of himself in front of Mirax, the woman he was sort of dating at the time. He tried to out-machismo the stranger by bellowing to the stranger, "Do you know who her father is??" Of course, Booster is HER father. She explained to Dad that the stash was meant for Wedge Antilles, the man Booster considers closer to him than a son. The equipment went to Corran and Mirax, gratis, to help in Wedge's private war against Ysanne Isard.

Chagrined and beaten, Corran avoided Booster, who was also a sort of Horn family enemy -- his father had captured the smuggler and had him sent to the Kessel prison world during Mirax's formative years. So avoidance was a must! Mirax tried to draw him in, promising that her dad was making one of his he-man specialities -- affectionately called "Booster's Slop." Nuh-uh, thought Corran, especially after witnessing Booster in the kitchen throwing in dashes and shakes out of so many vials, without measuring!

When he got back, he complained to Wedge that not only was he humiliated upon meeting Booster, but the big man had tried to feed him slop! Wedge's eyes grew wide, "Did you bring some back with you?" Confused, Corran replied no. Wedge turned to Tycho and said, "He refused Booster's Slop!" Tycho uncharacteristically pulled his hair with both fists and howled, as if in pain, then sobbed like a little girl, gasping out once in a while, "Oh, the waste! The fool! He didn't bring any back! Argh!"

Thus Corran came to understand at what level of respect everyone else seemed to hold Booster. Especially after Mirax came in carrying a huge pot of it, as a gift to the Rogues from her father. The assemblage descended on it, and he even witnessed Wedge scraping the sides of the kettle with his fingers, licking off the last of the sauce. Corran had to help pull Tycho out, who had become stuck when he put his head into the pot to get what Wedge had missed!

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 lb/1 kg minced pork
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar or red wine
  • ¼ teaspoon curry powder
  • ¼ teaspoon powdered cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon powdered ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon powdered cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 2 beef or chicken boullion cubes, crushed
  • 1 cup cool water
  • ¼ cup corn starch
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • a lettuce worth of leaves, cleaned, dried in a kitchen towel
Heat the oil in a skillet and sauté the onions and garlic till the onions are translucent. Add the minced pork and cook, breaking up the lumps. When the meat is browned, add the ketchup, soy sauce, wine/vinegar, spices, pepper sauce and bouillion cubes, and stir well. In a bowl, mix together the water and cornstarch and dump all at once into the meat, and stir till the slop is thick enough to dollop. Correct the seasoning, meaning add salt and pepper to taste. Or any of the other spices and such on the list.

To serve, take a lettuce leaf and put a heaping tablespoonful of meat onto the leaf. If you can, roll or fold it up, or put it in a hollowed out roll. It's messy and wonderful. Corran is a fool.

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