Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Queen's Condiment
by SuSu

Bail Organa had been the Organa family barrister in the days when leadership of the system was being determine. Jedi Master Jorus C'Boath had been dispatched by the Chancellor to break the deadlock between the Organas and other powerful families who would rule Alderaan. After extensive research, he chose the Organa family, a decision which met with some grumbling, but was quickly accepted and loyalty pledged to the new rulers.

When Bail married the newly declared Queen Breha Organa, he became Prince Consort and looked forward to having children to continue the Organa legacy. However, this was not to be — the Queen suffered greatly with each pregnancy: physically it was delibitating, but emotionally it was tragic. Eventually the healers advised the couple not to risk it anymore; further efforts would kill her, they said. The attempts to carry a child had weakened her considerably, and it was not known how much longer she could live.

So it was with great joy that Bail Organa was able to tell her that he had found a daughter to adopt; she was an orphan, and of good blood. It is not known how much he revealed of Leia's parents to the Queen; perhaps given her delicate health, she never knew. It was enough to know the child could continue the Organa ruling tradition.

Breha was overjoyed, and spent the rest of her days doting over the beautiful baby and arranging for her loving husband's status as Regent for the young princess. Breha knew she was dying, and wanted to make sure the succession was seamless and legal.

Even though she was very young when Breha died, this flavorful condiment is one the young adopted princess of Alderaan would always associate with her mother. Her adoptive mother disliked the bland poached, boiled, or steamed dishes she was prescribed, and had the cooks develop this sauce of medicinal plants to pique her appetite. She was always redolent of the spicy mixture, so it became hard-wired into Leia's "smell memory" of the beautiful, sad, dying Queen — perhaps the one she recalled when Luke asked her about her mother, over two decades later?

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh gingerroot, peeled and finely grated
  • 2 teaspoons minced scallion
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
In a bowl, thoroughly mix / mash together all the ingredients. Makes about ½ cup. Serve with poached or roasted chicken, turkey, or pork.

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