After rushing out to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens with the rest of the world last night, I woke up this morning with the taste of buttery movie popcorn in my mouth still thinking, 'Is the food of the planet Jakku even possible? And if it is would it be good?'. SPOILER KIND OF: There was scene after scene earlier in the film where the character 'Rey' would work all day long in the desert heat of the barren planet to find scraps of ships or other metal or old technology to trade in for rations of food. She was a scavenger who lived day by day eating military style food packs. Sometimes she got a quarter ration, another time a half ration, she was even offered sixty rations in trade for BB8.
Nothing was really mentioned about the food itself, it was more so used to show the characters struggle, her minute existence, and her large heart of hope that her family would one day return... but there was one scene where she puts a few drops of water in to a tray and bread instantly rises. Is this possible? Well from what I could find yes and no. With the heavy military context of the entire underlying story of the Star Wars franchise, it would only make sense that 'regular' people might eat military styled ration packs. And in military styled rations there does exist a simple bread called Hardtack that is made from just water, flour, and sometimes salt. Is this what 'Rey' was eating? The more modern version of Hardtack is something I eat all the time with cheese, it's called a 'water biscuit', think of the British crackers made by Carr's.
Someone in who works in the Star Wars world, a writer, editor, someone in the props department, etc... someone gave the food part of this movie some thought, and we'd love to know what exactly that thought was, just for a 'foodies' sake. What do you think?
BASIC WATER CRACKER RECIPE
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp. oil (*note: can be vegetable, olive... your favorite oil)
1/4 cup lukewarm water
Preheat oven to 400°F.
in a bowl, mix flour and salt together well.
Slowly add oil to dry ingredients while stirring.
Slowly add water while stirring.
Form the dough into a ball but do not knead.
On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out as evenly as possible until it is very thin.
Transfer dough to a lightly floured sheet pan and bake for approximately 10-15 minutes until golden brown.
Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack.
Once cool, break into pieces the size that you like. Serve with cheese or other toppings.
*note: Be creative and add your favorite seasonings to the dry mixture in the directions. I like garlic powder, Italian herbs, sesame seeds, etc...