Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Smashed-up Cauliflower Cheese
by SuSu

Some things are simply not meant to be, even if they appeared to be perfect from the outset. It can make one wonder if that's just the way things are, that the road traveled is as important as the destination. And its not like something good can't come from such things.

Long ago, Luke Skywalker had fallen in love with Shira Brie, but the force had instructed him to destroy her ship. He followed the Force, though it meant his relationship with Shira was over. Perhaps he should have made sure she was dead, but he couldn't make himself do it ... and she wasn't.

Shira turned up again, a disciple of Vader's and the conduit through which the Sith lords may rise again — though she herself was not a true Sith lord. Understanding her task to be a parallel of her former lover's mission to re-birth the Jedi Order, it was perhaps with bittersweetness that she recognized Luke's kin to be the next Sith lord: Darth Caedus.

In their final duel, Luke kept his promise to never let her fall, and killed her before she could test him. Later to his horror, Luke discovered Shira had lied to him, and that she did not deserve the death he dealt.

Distraught and alone, Luke needed comfort, and he turned to a dish he first discovered when he left Tatooine — Cheesy Caulies, but it was a dish that was too homey and put-together. He created a version that required violence: the ingredients were smashed roughly, everything was dumped in, nothing was drained or constructed, and in mourning his victim, he used Brie cheese instead of his more usual Cheddar. The result was uneven and unexpected — much like Luke was feeling right now ... but it was delicious and he did feel comforted.

At this point in this life, Luke was alone again, without female companionship. He wondered if he might not have been better off never having loved at all, that he should have followed the old teachings to have no attachments. But plenty of good things had come from his pursuit of love: knowledge of his limitations; his son; the wisdom of his wife ... and this recipe. It was a tiny brightness in a smashed-up life.

  • 1 cup broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 1 large or 2 small heads of cauliflower, trimmed and chunked
  • ¼ to ½ cup (3 to 4 oz / 85 to 115 g) Brie, or other soft cheese, cubed
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • pinch of nutmeg, grated
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
In a large pot, bring the broth to a boil. Add salt, the cauliflower pieces, and garlic. Cover the pot and lower the heat to a simmer. Cook until the cauliflower is tender, about 10 minutes. In the pot with the heat still on, roughly mash the Brie into the cauliflower. Stir in the parmesan and let the mixture thicken to the texture of lumpy mashed potatoes. Season with nutmeg, pepper, and additional salt, to taste. Serves 6 to 8 as a side dish.

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