Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Glass Noodle Salad
by SuSu, Sparticus, MaceVindaloo
Padmé Amidala Skywalker was secretly pregnant, but anyone who observed her diet would have figured out her fickle appetite was likely due to cravings and aversions of one thing or another. She was never particularly fond of consuming meat; being pregnant, the mere sight or smell of meat made her queasy. She didn't eat much, so she needed every bite she did eat to provide her with high quality nutrition for herself and her growing baby.
C3PO was not programmed to understand why his mistress's belly was growing, but he did observe her moodiness. He was programmed by his master Anakin to take care of Padmé, so the 'droid observed carefully and saw that she could regularly consume vegetable protein in the form of noodles made from beans. She also liked uncooked vegetables, cut thinly to simulate the noodle shapes, with some sharp spicy flavors thrown in. These things would always please her and he could count on her eating this mixture regularly, in adequate quantities.
However, he noted that she would vacillate on the sauce. Sometimes she'd want a mild sauce with a slight nuttiness. Other times, she wanted the nuttiness amped up. And yet other times, she wanted it hot-sweet-sour-salty all at once! So C3PO made sure to keep the three variations she tended to like. And even if she changed her mind after the dressing was tossed into the salad, C3PO would simply wrap it up and keep it cold till the next time she changed her mind and wanted that variation instead of whatever she said she wanted ...
If desired, store covered a few hours or overnight to let the flavors develop a bit. Store in a cool place, but not a refrigerator, which will be too cold and congeal the noodles. If you do end up having to store it in a refrigerator, you can microwave to heat a minute or two, and toss the salad again with fresh chopped herbs.
To finish the salad, garnish with sprigs of herbs that you've chopped into the salad before, and chopped nuts.
Serves 4 as a meal, up to 10 or 12 as a side dish.
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