May 4 is also known as Star Wars Day.
May the Fourth.
May the Force be with you.
I have loved Star Wars since I was a kid. I turned 14 the summer “The Phantom Menace” came out in theaters. In the years before that, George Lucas released the digitally remastered versions of the original trilogy, meaning there was a lot of Star Wars hype in the late 1990s, 20 years after “A New Hope” came out.
Star Wars is this great mix of fantastical technology and old-school mythology. While the nine main movies — “A New Hope,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi,” “The Phantom Menace,” “Attack of the Clones,” “Revenge of the Sith,” “The Force Awakens,” “The Last Jedi” and “Rise of Skywalker” — tell the stories of Anakin Skywalker, his children and his grandchild, there are so many additional stories to tell.
Disney Plus’s “The Mandalorian” has been a huge hit, and “The Book of Boba Fett” tells the story of a breakout character from the original trilogy that did not get his due in the films.
But one thing that Star Wars lacks is a plethora of replicable meals.
There are some stand-out food scenes: blue and green milk consumed by a young and old Luke Skywalker, respectively; Jabba the Hutt eating amphibious creatures; Yoda stealing Luke’s food and Rey making her portion bread.
Many of the foods featured in the films and TV shows are just as mythical as many of the creatures. There are earthly versions of some things, like the blue and green milks, available at Disney World at its Galaxy’s Edge attraction.
Because of that, there are copycat recipes for these drinks and other dishes available exclusively at that section of the park. There are also thousands of cute and eye roll-inducing recipes for everyday things with punny, Star Wars names.
These include Jar Jar Links (pigs in a blanket), 7 Leia Dip (seven layer dip) and Vader Tater Salad (potato salad).
But I did find this recipe for Rey’s portion bread intriguing. It’s really just a matcha mug cake, but the recipe was published by Disney promoting the first installment of the third trilogy.
In the film, Rey trades scraps for portions of this bread, a green loaf that we can assume provides nutrients the way a meal replacement shake does.
In the movie, all Rey has to do is mix a powder with water. This mug cake is a little more complicated, but it does create the perfect little portion.
I love that this recipe features matcha — a type of green tea that comes out frothy and makes great lattes. There are no artificial colors in this version of portion bread.
That’s one thing that turned me off about some of the copycat versions of the blue and green milk — they relied heavily on artificial color. Not that I’m against a little food coloring now and then, but adding blue food coloring to milk is not a recipe.
These mug cakes take less than five minutes to make, so matter what time it is on May 4, there’s still time to celebrate Star Wars Day.
Rey’s Portion Bread
- 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil.
- 4 tablespoons of cake flour.
- 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar.
- 1/2 teaspoon matcha powder.*
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder.
- A pinch of salt.
- 2 tablespoons whole milk.
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract.
*Make sure to look for matcha powder and not matcha tea. This will be in the tea section of the store.
- Place the oil in a mug and swirl around to grease the inside.
- Add the cake flour, sugar, matcha powder, baking powder and salt into the mug, stirring together.
- Pour in the milk and vanilla, then cook in the microwave on high for 45 seconds.
- Let cool slightly and serve.
Recipe by Star Wars at https://www.starwars.com/news/reys-portion-bread.
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