Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Major Fel's Chutney
by SuSu, Csillag

Major Soontir Fel has been credited with many recipes on WookieeHut; being the farmboy he is, we figured he knew a thing or two about comfort food and preserving fruits and vegetables. In fact, the fact that he got along with Evir Derricote is also good evidence. When he was a major, he was sent to the much-maligned 181st, and whipped them into shape as a formidable fighter squadron. How'd he do it? Not just through the strength of his personality, that's for sure ... no, he was also a kind and persuasive man, and he would reward his men for doing well by cooking for them!

When he was promoted to Colonel and later was captured / surrendered to the New Republic, his men actually smuggled him a goodbye card with this poem limned in it:

All pilots when imbibing in glutt'ny
Like meat with a bit of their C.O.'s chutney
In woe, his squadron end this doggerel
For "tranferred" was Major Fel when became he a Colonel!

In return, he smuggled back the recipe for the chutney to his men, who dubbed it "Major Fel's Chutney"! Surely, the highest honor any commanding officer could expect?

  • 4 not-too-ripe mangoes, peeled, cubed
  • 5 cups sugar
  • "2 fingers" of fresh ginger, chopped (about ¼ lb / 115 g)
  • ½ to 1 small head of garlic, crushed, peeled, chopped (about ¼ lb / 115 g)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 12 nails of cloves
  • 3 sticks cinnamon
  • ¼ cup raisins (dark or gold)
  • 3 cups cider vinegar
  • salt, to taste
In a non-reactive saucepan, heat together the mangoes and sugar till the sugar is all dissolved. Add the ginger, garlic, chili powder, cloves, cinnamon, vinegar, raisins. Mix together and heat over low heat for about 45 minutes until thickened. Taste and add salt to taste. Pour into sterilized jars and process by the hot water method, or refrigerate till you want it. Makes about 6 cups or so.

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