Food Replicator

Aug 24

A conspiracy dinner part 1: mealworms

I know whenever I am planning a conspiracy to take over Starfleet, controlling key personnel with parasites and sending messages to my brethren to come and join me from our home planet, it’s important to ensure everyone is well fed. In this case - mealworms for all (TNG: Conspiracy)!! Unfortunately, neither Captain Picard or Commander Riker had the opportunity to taste these mealworms, which is a shame, because they are delicious.

If you are concerned at all - never fear! These appetising worms are nothing but pasta in a balsamic glaze sauce. They are perfect with a side of parasite bread and perhaps a salad (but let’s not get too carried away with vegetables). Come back next week to learn how to make the parasite breads but in the meantime please enjoy these mealworms as you plot your next takeover. 

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(Serves 2 but the recipe is easily increased if needed)

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Aug 09

Raktajino

Raktajino: the favourite drink of the swing shift and Starfleet captains alike. While a Klingon drink, it seems to be almost more popular with many other races than with the Klingons on Deep Space Nine. And apparently also popular with Star Trek viewers - I have received more requests for a raktajino than any other dish!

Like the Bloodwine, I have a feeling this will not be the last time I’ll be trying out Raktajino recipes. I have left the milk/cream as optional in the recipe below, but if you feel you would enjoy a Raktajino in the same way Jadzia Dax sometimes liked to take hers, feel free to add a few splashes. Likewise, feel free to add more sugar for a taste more suited to Jake Sisko. 

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(Serves 2)

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Aug 03

Miles O’Brien’s potato casserole

Miles O’Brien – keeping the recipes of his childhood alive. We have already seen his fondness for corned beef hash, and now we have another dish from the O’Brien household: potato casserole. I am not sure where Miles (or was it his mother?) got the idea of adding capers to the dish, but unlike Keiko, I think they are a great addition.

This dish is essentially a scalloped potato recipe where the potatoes are diced rather than cut into thin slices. It is super rich but very delicious – so I am not surprised Keiko found it a bit overwhelming. I should note that this dish was requested by a reader and that I have a few more reader requets coming up! If there is a particular dish you would like to see, get in touch and I will add it to the list of upcoming dishes. 

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(Serves 3-4 as a side dish)

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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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