Jibalian seven-spice omelette

Neelix can teach us all sorts of things about cooking. How to make the best of unusual ingredients. How to keep Captain Janeway fed while she’s on the bridge. And this time he teaches us about the importance of balancing spices - and remembering the salt. This omelette is great for whipping up for breakfast for the whole crew, as long as you have all seven spices on hand (Voyager: Prototype). 

You can choose if you want to mix the spices into the omelette or arrange them on top as in the photo below. However you choose to arrange your spices, I would suggest sprinkling the salt on the top of your omelette. It is traditional to fold the omelette in half to serve it, although I think that Neelix would prefer my display. 

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(Serves 2)

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Bularian Canapes (Blini)

If there is a better way to soften the hearts of passing Admirals than serving Bularian canapes, I’d like to know what it is. In particular, if you are Jean-Luc Picard and you have Admiral Nechayev coming on board, you could do far worse than ordering up a plate of these (TNG: Journey’s End). I think these canapes are perfect for discussions and negotiations: small enough that you can pop one in your mouth without interruption, the great canape base can be used for a variety of toppings certain to please any alien race and they are sturdy enough to avoid any embarrassing spills down the front of uniforms. 

I decided that the best way to make Bularian canapes was to use a blini recipe. Blini get their earthy flavour from the buckwheat flour used in the batter and they make a great base for a variety of toppings. I do completely understand Admiral Nechayev is so fond of these, as they are really tasty and it is very easy to eat lots of them! I used salmon and sour cream as toppings for my blini, but you could use whatever you like - some suggestions are grilled or pickled vegetables, peas and fetta, pesto with a slice of tomato, small pieces of bbq chicken with some chutney - and of course caviar is traditional. 

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(Makes 40-50 small blini)
(Based on this recipe)

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Three-Course Fondue Meal
Sometimes things get a bit strange on the Enterprise - all Enterprises! But in this case, things got a bit strange on the Enterprise NX-01 when everyone became obsessed - Archer with his speech, Tucker with the Captain’s chair and Hoshi with preparing oden (Enterprise: Singularity). I have a theory that the Enterprise Chef also got a bit obsessed, because it’s the only way that this crazy meal makes any sense! Yes, we are talking about three type of fondue: cheese fondue with bread and green apples, soy fondue with beef and lamb, and chocolate fondue with strawberries. I make no apologies!

The strangest fondue to me was the soy fondue - I’d never heard of this before and couldn’t any recipes. It is essentially a heated fondue dip and was surprisingly good! While there are multiple recipes available for cheese and chocolate fondue, the soy fondue is definitely my own creation! While Chef served his with two types of meat, it was also a great dipping sauce for raw vegetables so I would suggest trying this even if you don’t want to dip meat in. 

If you want to jump straight to the recipes, here are the direct links:

Cheese fondue (with green apples and bread to dip)
Soy fondue (with beef and lamb)
Chocolate fondue (with strawberries)

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The soy fondue with lamb and beef

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(Serves 2 as a three-course meal, with some fondue left over)

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For Halloween: An edible tribute to ‘Catspaw’

Star Trek has always done a good job at being non-denominational, as it were - it rarely makes reference to specific Earth holidays. 'Catspaw', from The Original Series, is a glorious exception to this. Specifically written for screening around Halloween, it features black cats, spooky castles, witches and of course some meddling aliens. I decided to make some fruit jellies, flavoured with grape juice and dipped in sugar to replicate the sparkling jewel worn by Sylvia.

These fruit jellies are vegan due to the use of pectin as the gelling agent rather than gelatin. You can flavour them with whichever juice concentrate you wish, and cookie cutters can be used to cut out the shapes (you do have to press firmly) - or just cut them with a knife. I also added some food colouring for the full Halloween effect, but you can skip this and still end up with lovely almost translucent jellies.

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(Based on this recipe from Not So Humble Pie)
(Makes approx 20 small jellies or 10 large ones)

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Senarian egg broth

It’s good to know that when a renegade Trill enters your station and wants to kidnap one of your crew members, at least they can offer nourishing soups while they’re doing this (DS9: Invasive Procedures). In this case, this Senarian egg broth was offered to Chief O’Brien to help ease his pain after he was caught in some crossfire. 

This is a fairly bland, nourishing version of the classic egg drop soup. Of course you can add more ingredients as you want, but I was trying to keep it simple - something you’d give an invalid to keep their strength up. You can make this have a more Asian feel by using soy sauce, ginger, spring onions and star anise, or more European by using parsley, garlic and cloves - the choice is yours. The recipe below is for one cup only, so make sure you increase the recipe if serving more than one person. 

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(Makes 1 cup)

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Chicken Curry Field Rations

Field rations are an area of Star Trek cuisine I haven’t yet explored. I feel that field rations would be a common meal for those in Starfleet - whether when on an away mission or (heaven forbid!) if the replicators fail. However, we don’t see field rations on screen very frequently. The rations were obviously edible - Commander Riker was perfectly happy to agree to Carmen’s plan of having chicken curry rations for a dinner date (TNG: Silicon Avatar). Unfortunately, their plans for dinner were interrupted by the appearance of the Crystalline Entity. 

I have interpreted these field rations as they would look when properly prepared and re-hydrated. I won’t lie - making curry from scratch is a laborious operation, but once you work out your timings, each step is easy. If you’re in a hurry, you can get away with marinating the meat for an hour, but longer is better if possible. You could use whole pieces of chicken still on the bone instead of the chicken thighs if you prefer - this will give a great flavour. If using boneless chicken, I strongly suggest you use thighs over chicken breasts as the flavour is much better. Serve in a bag for that authentic field ration experience - or if in more luxurious surroundings, try a plate or bowl!

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(Serves 4 if served with rice)
(Based on this recipe for Goan Chicken Curry)

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Seska’s Mushroom Soup

Ah, Seska. Before being revealed as a traitor and leaving the USS Voyager to take her chances in the Delta Quadrant, she was apparently very good at making mushroom soup (Voyager: State of Flux). Her desire to make mushroom soup was based on the fact that it was Chakotay’s favourite - and given how nice this is, I am not surprised. 

This is a great soup to make when you don’t have much time as it only takes about 20 minutes to prepare, but is rich and satisfying. Cream is a traditional addition, but I admit I found the soup rich enough without it. I would suggest reserving a few of the chopped mushrooms to add back into the soup when serving. The Parmesan cheese on top is also optional, but is a nice addition. 

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(Serves 3-4 if served with bread)

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Riskian cheese pastry

When renegades steal your ship and you misplace your saddle, you can at least be comforted by the notion of these Riskian cheese pastries (TNG: Starship Mine). These cheese pastries were part of a spread put on by the notorious Commander Hutchinson (“call me Hutch”), which all Starfleet officers tried to avoid - except Commander Data. While I can’t comment on Hutch’s hosting abilities, if these cheese pastries are anything to go by, he knew how to put on a good spread!

These cheese puffs are well known, of course - but they are simple to make and make an impressive starter to a dinner, or dish on a larger buffet. It’s impossible to stop at one. I used a combination of cheddar and parmesan cheeses, but really, any hard cheese will do. Experiment to find your favourites!

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(Based on this recipe - makes about 20 cheese puffs)

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No Eat I: Edible (chocolate crackle) Horta

The Horta must be one of the most recognisable aliens from The Original Series - and probably Star Trek as a whole. That creature of terror and murder - who was only trying to protect her young - is now rendered as a delicious giant chocolate crackle. Dr McCoy’s great medical work is now a chopped up marshmallow - “I’m a doctor, not a confectioner!”

I assumed that everyone grew up with chocolate crackles like I did, only to discover that they are apparently unique to Australia and New Zealand. If you’re not aware: chocolate crackles are made from Rice Bubbles / Rice Krispies, coconut, cocoa and bound together by Copha, which is hydrogenated coconut oil. If you can’t get Copha, you can melt some butter and chocolate together, and use that to bind your crackles instead. 

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(Makes about 25 standard-sized chocolate crackles, or 3-4 horta-sized giant crackles)

This is the classic chocolate crackle recipe. You will need some cupcake liners to spoon the mixture into.

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