- "You want more stew? Falling's hungry work, I guess."
- ―Porter Engle offers Bell Zettifar more stew
Nine-Egg Stew was a yellow stew invented by Jedi Master Porter Engle while he served as a cook at the Elphrona Outpost during the High Republic Era. It contained nine different kinds of eggs, which the stew was named after, and stone peppers. Served for meals such as breakfast, it was edible to members of multiple species, becoming a favorite of Jedi Padawan Bell Zettifar during his time on the planet Elphrona.
Nine-Egg Stew was a yellow stew that could be served as part of a breakfast meal. As the name indicated, the stew contained nine different kinds of eggs, as well as stone peppers. The stew had a thick consistency and was edible to humans, Ikkrukkians, and Twi'leks.
- "It's fantastic today."
"It's the stone peppers. Found some nice hard ones at the market."
- ―Bell Zettifar and Porter Engle, on their breakfast of Nine-Egg Stew
Nine-Egg Stew was invented by Jedi Master Porter Engle during his retirement to the outpost on the planet Elphrona in the Outer Rim Territories as a cook during the High Republic Era. He would only reveal what five of the nine types of eggs in the stew were. When Jedi Padawan Bell Zettifar, apprenticed to Master Loden Greatstorm, came to Elphrona, the stew quickly became a favorite of his. Zettifar suspected that the sources of the eggs Engle refused to identify were either rare or disgusting.
Around 232 BBY, the Jedi of the Elphrona outpost—who included Engle, Zettifar, Greatstorm, and Jedi Knight Indeera Stokes—along with Zettifar's pet charhound Ember, ate a breakfast including Nine-Egg Stew after Zettifar had spent the early morning training with Greatstorm and Stokes on the Force power controlled descent. Commenting that falling appeared to be hard work, Engle asked Zettifar if he wanted more stew after noticing he had emptied his bowl. The Padawan answered in the affirmative, noting that the stew was fantastic that day, which Engle attributed to the stone peppers, explaining he had found some "nice hard ones" at the market. Ember reacted to Zettifar requesting more stew, as he was the Jedi most likely to feed her scraps from meals. Greatstorm emptied his bowl while Zettifar ate his second serving.
The Jedi finished eating breakfast while discussing their plans for the day, and Engle had a servitor droid clear away the dishes, which he had intended to clean himself before the Jedi were abruptly summoned to respond to a Nihil raid on the Blythe homestead. Greatstorm was captured by the Nihil during the raid and presumed dead. During the year he spent as a captive of Eye of the Nihil Marchion Ro under near-constant torture, the Jedi Master sometimes dreamed he was back on Elphrona, imagining the smell of Nine-Egg Stew.
Behind the scenes
Nine-Egg Stew first appeared in the 2021 novel The High Republic: Light of the Jedi, written by Charles Soule for the Star Wars: The High Republic multimedia project. The dish was capitalized as "nine-egg stew" in a StarWars.com article previewing the end of Phase I of The High Republic.
- The High Republic: Light of the Jedi (First appearance, simultaneous with The High Republic: Light of the Jedi audiobook)
- The High Republic: Light of the Jedi audiobook
- The High Republic: The Rising Storm (Mentioned only)
- The High Republic: The Rising Storm audiobook (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- The High Republic: Light of the Jedi
- The Star Wars Book dates the launch of the Starlight Beacon, which is depicted as part of the events of The High Republic: Light of the Jedi, to 232 years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which corresponds to 232 BBY according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. As such, the rest of the novel's events must also occur around 232 BBY.
- The High Republic: The Rising Storm