Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Frittering Jainas
by SuSu

"Mama," asked Ben, "what are you going to do with the leftovers? Not the leftover fried fish ... but the powders and liquids and hot oil?"

Mara Jade wondered about her precocious young son. What was he getting at? Perhaps Luke's Yoda-like teachings about wasting nothing, doing unto others, etc. were percolating through the young boy's mind. She decided to be neutral about it. Admitting to throwing that stuff away was sure to earn a lecture from her son, as well as her husband. "What would you like me to do with them?"

The boy clapped his hands, "We can make Frittering Jainas! Can we, please?"

His mother's eyebrows were raised. She didn't know what these treats were, so she decided to play the game. "Tell you what, why don't YOU make them? You're a big boy and all now ..."

The 4-year old was delighted to do it, and his mother watched carefully as Ben dumped the cornmeal and flour into the buttermilk mixture. He added some baking powder, then mixed it all up into a pasty sort of dough. "Mama, can you help me fry them up?"

Mara carefully guided the boy's small hands to pour in the batter to make little pancake-like blobs in the hot oil, and flipped them for him. "Ben, why do you call them Frittering Jainas? I didn't know this recipe was named for your cousin."

"The older boys were calling them that. They said Master Kyp and Zekk taught them to not waste the extras from making fried food, but to make fritters so that nothing is wasted. Isn't that clever, Mama?" Ben's pride at knowing this and teaching it to his mother was evident. She murmurred her congratulations for "making something from nothing" and they talked about how they'd eat these fritters, and how he could make them for his father when Luke got back. They could serve it as a side dish, or as a breakfast or dessert with fruit and syrup, or maybe even as a snack with cheese over it. It was very flexible ...

Mara wondered how to deal with the title of this dish ... the original name she knew was "Ho Cakes" ... and it was more than likely that Kyp and Zekk were making a comment about the mutual object of their affection. Jaina had dated both men in the past, and perhaps they thought she was "frittering away" their affection for her ... or perhaps they were simply calling her a ... "ho"?

    This is a good way to use up the "leftovers" from the coatings used to fry fish or chicken, so the quantities are not exact. In general, for every cup of flour (mixed with cornmeal or not), add a teaspoon of baking powder.
  • cornmeal
  • flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  • buttermilk
  • melted fat

Mix together the leftover dry and wet ingredients, adding more of whatever is missing, enough to make a thick batter. Heat up any leftover fat from frying, enough to coat the bottom of a skillet. Pour a few tablespoons of batter onto the hot oil, being careful not to burn yourself. Smaller cakes are easier to handle. Drain on a rack or on paper towels. Serve immediately with your fried food meal, or as a hearty breakfast or dessert with syrup and fruit, or melt a bit of tomato and cheese over the top.

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