Food Replicator

Jul 26

The Trouble With Tribble-rolls

Tribbles - scourge of the Klingon empire, profit-maker for Cyrano Jones and now delicious accompaniment to any meal. Luckily with these tribbles, you don’t have to worry about them reproducing - indeed, you may be sad that they don’t reproduce on their own as they might disappear at a fast rate!

These tribble rolls can of course be made without their tribble decorations and you will still end up with perfectly nice dinner rolls. But I will say that tribble-ising them seems to add a certain calming quality normally lacking in dinner rolls. However you wish to make these, just be careful you can distinguish them from any other tribbles lying about the place!

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(Based on Michael Ruhlman’s recipe for buttermik rolls as described here)
(Makes 8 rolls - double all ingredients to make a standard set of 16). 

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Jul 19

Marsupial Surprise

I do admire Neelix’s ability to conjure up delicious dishes out of practically nothing. In this case, an unnamed marsupial! This is obviously a popular dish, as two kilograms of the marsupial wasn’t enough to satisfy demand (VOY: Survival Instinct). In this recipe, the marsupial is kangaroo and the surprise is how delicious it was. Neelix definitely knows what he is doing!

If you’re in the US, kangaroo meat is at least available online - I would be interested to know how widely available it is in shops. Kangaroo is very lean, so like many lean meats, it either needs to be cooked very quickly or for a very long time. In this case a kangaroo stew is slowly cooked before being covered by parsnip mash to create a kangaroo shepherd’s pie variant. If you can’t get kangaroo, you could substitute venison or beef - although that might take away from the ‘marsupial’ part of the surprise! 

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(Serves 2-3)

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Jul 12

Osol Twists

It seems that Bajorans - while enjoying a wide variety of dishes - do have a bit of a sweet tooth. Take for example their Jumja sticks - very delicious, but so sweet it is hard to finish one. It is a good thing that there are other options out there - including these Romulan Osol twists, as recommended to Kira Nerys by Senator Cretak (DS9: Image in the Sand) as an alternative to the super sweet jumja stick.

These osol twists are candied orange peel, and definitely fulfill the requirements for a tart, not super-sweet dessert. These are quite easy to make and only involve three ingredients. After you peel your oranges, you could always use the juice to whip up a couple of coco no-nos!

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(Makes 10-15 twists, depending on size)

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Jun 27

A Bringloidi meal for two (Irish Stew)

If you’re on the Enterprise, you clearly never know when some new friends are going to drop by. In the case of the Bringloidi, they will drop by with all their family members, their equipment and of course their farm animals (TNG: Up the Long Ladder). While many human settlements have obviously embraced the food replicator, the Bringloidi have not. If the Bringloidi truly embrace their agrarian roots, it should come as no surprise to see an Irish Stew on the menu. 

I do realise this episode is probably not a favourite, and it certainly has its share of issues. However, this Irish Stew is nothing to sneer at! The recipe below is for goat, but you could definitely substitute lamb very easily. I thought of this as a meal for two to share (perhaps for Riker and Brenna) but it is easily doubled or even quadrupled if a bunch of Space Irish suddenly drop around. 

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(Serves 2 as a main meal)

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Jun 22

The Kai Winn (Chocolate Souffle)

After the triumphs of Captain Picard Day, who else can we venerate?! Well, for a time, it seemed that Kai Winn may have been that person - at least to Quark, who, like a good Ferengi, saw an opportunity to exploit the Kai’s popularity. He developed the Kai Winn chocolate souffle, which proved so popular he could not keep up with the orders (DS9: Life Support). 

Whatever you think of the Kai, this is a very nice chocolate souffle. You can make it in one large bowl as Quark did, or you can divide the mixture between small bowls to create individual servings. The Haglian Tongue Sauce is not shown in the photo below but I have provided the recipe - bear in mind that adding the sauce will make your souffle fall somewhat. 

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(Makes 1 large souffle or 3-4 individual servings). 
(Based on the recipe from Cooking for Engineers). 

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Jun 14

Tribute cookies for Captain Picard Day

This upcoming Monday (June 16) is Captain Picard Day! That great day where we can celebrate the achievements of one of our favourite captains in any and every way possible. This year I thought I’d go with a contribution to the Captain Picard Day display in the form of Captain Picard-related cookies.

While Captain Picard may not be so keen on his face turned into an egghead, surely he can’t object to some Tea, Earl Grey, Hot, or with the instruction to Bake it So?! If he is not impressed, maybe put the cookies aside and instead offer him an Earl Grey MarTEAni or some Earl Grey tea cupcakes. However you celebrate it, I hope you have a great Captain Picard Day!

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(Makes approx 25 cookies)

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Jun 08

Parthas a la Yuta

They do say the best way to a crewperson’s heart is through their stomachs. This is perhaps particularly true when it comes to Commander Riker. I must admit I do understand his enthusiasm in trying new dishes - if I was travelling out near Acamar III I’d want to try as many new dishes as I could. In this case we have a delicacy prepared by Yuta: the parthas plant, a green vegetable with fleshy roots (TNG: The Vengeance Factor). 

This dish takes mere minutes to prepare and makes a very tasty side dish. You can use any combination of the greens listed below - I used choy sum. The sauce over the top is also to taste and feel free to add as much or as little of the ginger/garlic paste or Sriracha as you want. Ginger/garlic paste is available from Asian grocers.

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(Serves 2 as a side dish)

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May 31

Cardassian Sunrise

The Cardassian Sunrise (not to be confused with the Samarian Sunset) seems to be a popular drink in the Star Trek universe. It is not only available in Quark’s Bar, which is not surprising, given the proximity to Cardassia, but is also known several centuries earlier - at least in an alternate timeline (Star Trek 2009). Those Cardassians really like sharing their drinks with the universe!

This variation on the classic Tequilla Sunrise uses spiced rum instead of tequilla (seems more Cardassian this way). You can use either grenadine or cassis (blackcurrant liquor) to create the sunrise effect - you’ll get a nicer colour blend with the grenadine but I think it tastes better with the cassis. Either way, it is very easy to drink and I can understand why it is a favourite among Starfleet cadets! 

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(Makes 1 Cardassian Sunrise)

60ml / 2 fl oz dark spiced rum
120 ml / 4 fl oz orange juice
20ml / 0.70 fl oz grenadine or cassis
Ice
Slice of orange and / or sprig of mint for garnish

Fill a highball glass about 3/4 full with ice. Add the rum and orange juice and give a little stir to combine the rum and orange juice.

Slowly pour the grenadine or cassis over the back of a spoon into the centre of the glass. It should trickle down and settle on the bottom. Garnish with a slice of orange and / or a sprig of mint. Serve immediately to all nearby Starfleet cadets. 

May 25

Yalasat (stuffed cabbage)

There’s not many plants that grow in the desert and even less that are edible. Luckily for the residents of the Torothan homeworld, they have Yalasat, a type of cactus (ENT: Desert Crossing). While Archer and Tucker end up having what can only be described as a miserable time on the Torothan homeworld, at least they got a decent meal in Zobral’s camp before it all went south.

This cabbage dish is inspired by a dish I had recently at a restaurant - I was intrigued by the idea of stuffing ingredients in between the cabbage leaves rather than using the cabbage to wrap something else in. This dish is very flexible and works best if you add more of what you like and less of what you don’t. The resulting cabbage still has some texture while being soft and nicely flavoured by apples and dried fruit. 

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(Serves 2 as a side dish)
(Inspired by the cabbage I had at The Town Mouse Restaurant and Bar)

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May 17

Klingon Martini

If you’ve gone to the effort of making Bloodwine, you really must continue by turning some of that Bloodwine into a martini. A Klingon martini, of course. While it’s not clear how widespread drinking Klingon martinis was, considering the only time we see one is in a universe created by Species 8472 (VOY: In the Flesh). I hope Klingon martinis were popular as it seems a great cross-cultural drink.  

To stop any debates before they start, let me state that I am a traditionalist - I make martinis with gin, not vodka. And James Bond notwithstanding, martinis should be stirred with lots of ice, not shaken. You only need to use a dash of Bloodwine but I like the idea of serving some extra Bloodwine on the side so your guests can add more if they wish. 

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(Makes 1 martini; double the recipe as needed)

60ml / 2fl oz gin (such as Tanqueray)
15ml / 1/2fl oz dry vermouth
1 dash bloodwine
Ice
Lemon peel twist (optional - garnish)

Combine the gin, vermouth and bloodwine in a cocktail shaker or large glass. Add a couple of handfuls of ice and stir continuously for at least 30 seconds, until the outside of the glass/shaker is cold.

Strain your liquid into a martini glass and garnish with a twist of lemon peel. Serve with extra bloodwine on the side so that people can add more if they wish.