Mother's Day "Cut Lunch" with the Naberrie Family
by Susu, MaceVindaloo, Rosie
Menu: Wrong-Rice Risotto | Mom-Modified Strawberry Cobbler | Blueberry Cheese Stuffed French Toast, Puffed Up or D-Flats with Blueberry Maple Syrup | Girl's Luncheon Scalloped Eggs made with Hard Boiled Eggs | Padmé's Dada's Purple Chicken StewThere were a couple of scenes cut from Episode 2 which only show up on the DVD special features, and it's really too bad they were. This particular cut scene was from "dinner" (which some cultures refer to as "lunch") at the Naberrie family home (thus "cut lunch" -- also the term for home-made sandwiches "cut" from leftover meats, bread, etc. ... bad pun, eh?), and they signalled the beginning of Padmé's acceptance that Anakin Skywalker loved her -- and that she loved him, too. True, she wanted to go home and see her family, for it was Mother's Day on Naboo, and they arrived in time for lunch. Her whole family was there to greet her: mother, father, sister and two nieces. How appropriate that the former Queen of Naboo had shown up with her Jedi protector and future husband!
Anakin behaved himself very well and ate everything placed before him. He was very nervous and always hungry, so all of his senses were on especially high alert. Even though he wasn't sure Padmé fully understood his desire for her, he enjoyed playing into the fantasy of the ardent suiter meeting his beloved's parents, walking with her father Ruwee in the garden, complimenting her mother Jobal's cooking, playing with older sister Sola's daughters. For their part, the Naberries were duly impressed by the polite young man, and no one missed the tension between the two young people. Even Padmé's nieces saw it, and asked him if they could be flower girls at the wedding!
The food might seem like it should be the least of the things Anakin would remember, but he found himself very fond of Padmé's mother and her cooking. For one, it's said that if you want to know what a girl will be like when she grew older, look to her mother. Anakin saw a strong woman who was comfortable in her role in life, and was confident enough to comfort and provide for others. She reminded Anakin very much of his own mother, whom he missed enough to disobey his Jedi mandate to protect Padmé, especially on a holiday called "mother's day." Partly to be polite, partly because of the resemblance to his own mother, partly because he wanted to know more about Padmé, but mostly because he found Jobal Naberrie's food really, really wonderful, he helped clean up in the kitchen and dining room after the meal and talked to her about her recipes from this meal, as well as others Padmé particularly liked.
Menu: Wrong-Rice Risotto | Mom-Modified Strawberry Cobbler | Blueberry Cheese Stuffed French Toast, Puffed Up or D-Flats with Blueberry Maple Syrup | Girl's Luncheon Scalloped Eggs made with Hard Boiled Eggs | Padmé's Dada's Purple Chicken Stew
Risotto is a popular dish in the Italianesque planet kingdom of Naboo. Plump short-grained rice is fried with aromatic vegetables and fat, then stirred constantly while hot liquid is ladled in, cup by cup. Each cup of liquid needs to be absorbed by the agitated rice grains before the next is poured in.
Once, Jobal Naberrie didn't have the special rice for this dish, but she'd promised the then 10-year old Sola that she could have a bacon, mushroom and corn -- all her favorite ingredients -- for a special supper that night. Jobal had been trying to get the picky eater to eat rice, so she didn't want to forego the preparation of the dish, but neither did she have the time to get to the shops before they closed! She did have some "regular" long-grained rice, so she crossed her fingers and made the dish. It came out less creamy and sticky than the real thing, but she needn't have worried -- Sola loved it! Later, Sola confessed she didn't like risotto because it was SO sticky and mushy; this was much less so. And thus "Wrong-Rice Risotto" found its way onto the Naberrie's regular menus, especially when Sola and her children were coming home!
When the rice is tender but still a bit chewy, add the mushroom pieces, the corn and bacon, and stir to combine thoroughly. Remove the pot from the heat, then add the cheese and stir it in until it's all melted and combined with the rice. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot. Makes 8 servings.
Mom-Modified Strawberry Cobbler
This recipe started its life as an upside-down apple pie, which Sola had learned in school. She'd made it for the Naberries for their weekly big luncheons, and it was a big hit! Young Padmé was jealous of her sister's new skill, for it seemed to have all the guests and family members fawning over the girl to compliment her. She felt forgotten and insignificant, and her stubborn pride convinced her that she could repeat Sola's performance, but instead of apples, she'd use strawberries, her favorite fruit!
Unfortunately, Padmé had no experience as a cook, and though she followed the printed recipe very well, strawberries and apples have completely different properties; most apples will absorb flavors and liquid and keep their form when baked. In contrast, strawberries exude juice, then eventually fall apart with long cooking -- what poor Padmé had was basically strawberry syrup sitting under a soggy crust! In tears, she confessed to her mother that she'd "messed up dessert!" Fortunately, Jobal is an experienced and talented cook, and she was able to save the mess by adding a slurry of cornstarch to the syrup, thus thickening it up with heat, then adding whole berries to the "goop" so that the "whole fruit" effect could be preserved. It was a good save, and Padmé learned that if she didn't explain what a disaster it actually was, no one would know and they'd still be impressed with her efforts. Also, though her mother wrote down the modified recipe for her, Padmé never made strawberry pie ever again, though she did pass Jobal's ad hoc recipe on to cooks and handmaidens to make it for her!
Blueberry Cheese Stuffed French Toast, Puffed or D-flats
This dish should be served hot and puffy right out of the oven. Timing is everything on the serving end, but the preparation should be done the night before and is even simple enough for Pooja and Ryoo -- Padmé's very young nieces -- to help their grandmother assemble, a great excuse to stay up late! They also loved making the purply blueberry syrup, stirring the pot till the berries puffed up all swollen, then finally burst! They got to lick the juice off the bottom of the sieve, too.
The dish can be popped into the oven just as the guests arrive, then served a few minutes after they sit down -- it's a perfect brunch or big breakfast dish for company! If the soufflé cools, it will not be as light and airy, but it will still taste good, even at room temperature or snitched from the 'fridge cold! It reminds all the Naberries of warm summer late afternoons, eating leftover cold blueberry "D-flats" as curly-haired Pooja calls it, for "deflated." Cold, it's great for dessert, too.
Heat the oven to 400°F / 200°C. Take the bread and eggs mixture from the refrigerator. Cube up the cold cream cheese and scatter it over the bread. Follow that with a scattering of the nuts (both cream cheese and nuts are optional), then add the blueberries over the top.
In a small pot, add the remaining sugar and butter and melt them together. Drizzle evenly over the bread mixture. Place into the oven and cook for about 20 minutes until the bread is puffy and browned and the blueberries are bursting. Serve immediately, spoon onto plates and top with the blueberry syrup. Leftovers are good at room temperature or cold. Serves 8.
Girl's Luncheon Scalloped Eggs
On every planet in the galaxy, springtime was a festival of recovery and relief. The sun wouldn't die, the planet wouldn't freeze, and new birth surrounds everything. Eggs are the symbol of rebirth nearly everywhere, and many planets forbid their ingestion, but on Naboo, they were eaten all year. But in spring, there were so many egg-based festivals and celebrations that there was always a glut of hard-cooked ones in every household. This was a rich, luxurious way to get children to eat eggs, and a bit could go a very long way when served with a crisp salad. It was one of the first dishes Sola and Padmé learned to make for friends and family; it was very forgiving, and it wasn't a weird color and soft in texture. Perfect for fussy and dainty eaters, which would describe Padmé rather well (how else could she fit in those stomach-baring dresses?? And for many people who need to watch their calories, one bite of a delicious rich food is much better than 20 bites of something bland and dull but slimming!).
Melt the butter in a pot, then add the flour and cook with constant stirring to make a roux. Cook over medium heat till lightly browned, then add the hot milk or cream (or half of each) while whisking to make a thick white sauce. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, mustard or curry and still to blend, then turn off the heat and stir in the cheese till melted. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper, if desired.
Pour the sauce evenly over the eggs, then sprinkle over with parmesan cheese. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes or until the sauce is bubbling and the cheese has browned nicely. Serves 6 to 8.
Padmé's Dada's Purple Chicken Stew
On lazy Sundays, Ruwee Naberrie liked to help his wife prepare the big meal of the day. He was a good cook, just not as talented as his wife, so he stuck to simple, basic dishes that didn't really need recipes. Surrounded as he was in a house full of beautiful, talented women, there was no point in doing too much and messing it up. Still, he was a man and always tempted to show off -- when allowed to, of course! So he just set up the big skillet and a crockpot-slow cooker and fried up the ingredients and dumped them into the cooker with seasoning and such till he thought it was "right," let his wife make any final adjustments, then turned on the switch and forgot about it till the smells tempted them.
Walking in the garden with Anakin, he related this formula, and confessed how one day they were out of the proper wine, so he figured red wine would be fine as a substitute. It smelled wonderful, but to everyone's surprise, it came out a turgid purple color! They dished it up anyway and it was tasty enough to present in that color from then on, with a loaf of crusty bread for dipping in the savory sauce. At the time of its invention, Padmé was the right age to be impressed by anything her "Dada" did, which made him feel even better about the accident.
He was very impressed when Anakin repeated the formula back to him -- the lad had memorized it! -- explaining if Padmé enjoyed it, he'd want to know how to make it for her. Ruwee told this to Jobal later when they were alone, and she wept a little, knowing that despite her fears, her daughter had found the man she would marry after all. Knowing that her daughter would be cared for by a man who was deeply in love with her, and knowing that she would be a grandmother again -- it was a lovely gift for mother's day!
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