Star Wars Menu: “Ménage à Millennium” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar
I’m imagining the Millennium Falcon household consisting of three people for a while, in a sort of cozy, cooperative alliance. Although the recipe is presented in three parts, one person can easily put it all together while the pasta is cooking. Good nutrition and fast preparation are important when you’re on the run (or when you just happen to have a busy schedule!).
“Ménage à Millennium”
Part One (Leia):
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
A large seedless English cucumber
Combine everything but the cucumber in a large bowl with a whisk. Peel the cucumber, cut off the stems, and cut it into 2″ long julienned strips. Add to the vinegar mixture and combine well. Let it stand.
Part Two (Luke):
6 ounces chow mein stir-fry noodles (chuka soba—spaghetti will work as well)
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon soy sauce
Prepare the noodles in a 4-quart pot as directed. Drain and place back in the pot. Combine with the oil and soy sauce; cover and set aside.
Part Three (Han):
½ pound ground pork
1 cup chopped scallions
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
1 tablespoon aji-mirin (sweet rice wine)
1 teaspoon cornstarch
½ teaspoon crushed ginger
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
Coat a medium skillet with cooking spray. Fry the pork and scallions over high heat until the pink is gone. Whisk the remaining ingredients in a 1-cup glass measure well. Add to the meat and boil 1 minute, mixing till well combined.
Divide the pasta between 3 bowls or plates. Top with the meat mixture. Stir the cucumber mixture and add to the plate. For an optional garnish, you can sprinkle it all with some black sesame seeds (1 tablespoon should do it) and serve. Cover and chill leftovers. Serves 3.
Astrid Tuttle Winegar
Astrid is the author of Cooking for Halflings & Monsters: 111 Comfy, Cozy Recipes for Fantasy-Loving Souls, which is currently available exclusively in e-book form on the Amazon Kindle, but will soon be released by Oloris Publishing! She lives in the enchanted city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her husband and dog. She blogs occasionally at Cooking for Halflings & Monsters. You can check out (and like!) her Facebook page or visit (and follow!) her Twitter feed.