Star Wars Food Finale: Vader’s Secret Meal

December 21, 2015

Capping off our tribute to Star Wars, we find ourselves in Return of the Jedi as we come full circle with the story of Anakin Skywalker. Contrary to what most of you might think, the entire saga is about him (sorry Luke); his fall and eventual redemption when he chucked the lightning-spewing Emperor into the abyss. It’s this underlying goodness that inspired our meal for the one prophesied to bring balance to the Force.


But does Vader eat? Well, yes and no. Geeking out a little bit, we discovered that Vader is sustained by feeding tubes built in his suit. However, he can still eat food—with his helmet off and residing in his awesome looking hyperbaric chamber. It’s in these private moments where it’s easy to imagine Vader succumbing to the act of eating a meal, reminding him of his humanity.

Vader discreetly commands the Death Star cook to whip up some porridge coupled with strips of Bantha jerky, just like mom used to make back when he was still a slave on Tatooine. He caps this stolen meal with—despite that horrible CGI bite in Attack of the Clones—a pear, a reminder of the happier times with Padme in Naboo.

And then, maybe, when it gets too painful, after the meal he does this. Still, we’d like to think that this meal is what actually saved Vader.

Anakin’s Porridge

Total Time: 15 minutes 
Yield: 2 servings


  • 1/2 cup couscous
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • pinch of salt
  • 6 strips of bacon, crisped
  • maple syrup, for serving


  1. Heat the milk, honey, and salt to a simmer in a saucepan. While stirring, pour a stream of couscous into the milk.
  2. Constantly stir the mixture until it has thickened. Turn off the heat and cover with a lid for 5 minutes.
  3. Fluff the mixture and divide into two bowls. Serve with crispy bacon and maple syrup.
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