For First Contact Day: Cheese pierogi

It’s time to celebrate First Contact Day! On April 5, 2063, Vulcans will detect the warp drive on the Phoenix and come to visit the person who created the ship (Star Trek: First Contact). It’s bound to happen and we are one year closer to warp drive becoming a reality. I live in hope!

This year we’re celebrating First Contact Day in the fine manner of the Starship Voyager with these cheese pierogi (VOY: Homestead). Known to be Zefram Cochrane’s favourite food, these are bound to cheer up any First Contact celebration. And to drink, there is always the Zefram Cochrane cocktail, although I advise you get any speeches and First Contact recreations out of the way before you start imbibing these - they are quite strong!

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(Makes approx 25-30 pierogi)

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Tulaberry wine

If you’re going to do business in the Gamma Quadrant, sooner or later you’re bound to come across tulaberry wine. Produced by several races in the Gamma Quadrant, it doesn’t take a Ferengi to work out the importance of tulaberry wine to trade in the Gamma Quadrant…or does it?! (DS9: Rules of Acquisition). This sweet wine seems to be drunk in great quantities and having tried some myself, I can see why!

This is yeast-fermented fruit wine made in the same way basic alcoholic cider is made. You will need a cider making kit or at the very least some winemakers’ yeast. I used this kit which is made in Australia but also ships overseas. This kit is useful as you can leave your juice to ferment in soft drink bottles. But you can employ far more advanced methods if you so desire! In addition, I used frozen blueberries that I then juiced and strained, but if you can find blueberry juice feel free to start with that instead. 

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(Makes about 1 litre / 1 quart of tulaberry wine).

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Denobulan Sausage

I have a sneaking suspicion that Doctor Phlox is somewhat of a gourmet. He certainly appreciates Earth food, including blueberry pancakes, and is always encouraging other crew members to try new exciting dishes. This time we have a delicacy from Denobula, one of Phlox’s favourite foods (ENT: The Seventh).

I’ve modelled this recipe on a generic boudin sausage recipe - a similar recipe used to create the boudin part of Sisko’s pasta boudin. The recipe involves a short smoke of the sausages: this won’t cook them but it does impart a great smoky flavour. I’ll post photos on the Facebook page so you see my setup - I just do a quick smoke in my wok. This recipe is quite involved but I agree with Phlox - the end result is quite delicious! 

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(Makes about 1.5kg / 3 pounds sausages)
(Basic sausage making technique here - note that as you are working with pre-cooked meat there is no need to keep everything super cold)

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Pasta al fiorella

As one of Geordi La Forge’s favourite meals, you would think he’d get the name right. Is it pasta al fiorella, as he ordered at the Deep Space Nine Replimat (TNG: Birthright, Part I), or pasta alla fiorella, the traditional dish? Either way, the Replimat seemed to understand him when he ordered two servings for him and Worf to enjoy. 

Unfortunately for Geordi, the Replimat produced a dish that tasted like liquid polymer - but Worf definitely liked it. I must say, I am getting a little skeptical of the Klingon palate (or maybe it’s just Worf) as he also enjoyed the 'Owon eggs that everyone else found so disgusting. This recipe is very flexible - add more or less of any ingredient in the sauce as you wish. I’ve provided a recipe for homemade pasta below but you can always use store bought too of course. 

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(Serves 2 as a main course)

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Beam me up Biscotti!

I know, I know. “Beam me up Scotty” was never actually said in Star Trek. That’s because Captain Kirk was actually asking for his favourite biscuit - “beam me up (some) biscotti!”. In tribute to James Doohan, whose birthday was earlier this week, I present to you these pistachio and almond biscotti.

 These biscotti use pistachios and almonds, but you could substitute any nuts you like as long as you keep the quantities the same. The key to making biscotti is to bake them twice - essentially once to cook them and a second time to dry them out. This twice-cooked process means that they’ll then keep for a couple of weeks at least. If you’re very lucky they’ll even beam into your kitchen. 

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(Makes 20-25 biscotti)
(Based on the recipe by Blue Apocalypse)

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Ratamba Stew

There is nothing like the smell of a delicious stew floating its way through your living quarters as you prepare it. Or, in the case of this Ratamba Stew, the smell floating down the corridors of Deep Space Nine for everyone to appreciate (DS9: For the Cause). This is another dish lovingly prepared by Benjamin Sisko - this time for Kasidy Yates to enjoy, although it’s fair to say she wasn’t sure about the smell. 

This stew is made by cooking spinach, kale or silverbeet (or any combination thereof) slowly over a low heat with butter and spices added. It is very simple, but so tasty and the texture is great. The curry leaves and ground ginger give it pungency I feel Sisko would approve of! It makes a good side dish or could be used as a main if quantities were increased. If you are only using spinach, you will only need to cook it for about 30 minutes, but if adding some of the tougher leaves such as kale, 1 hour is best. 

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(Serves 2-3 as a side dish)
(Based on a recipe in An Invitation to Indian Cookery, Madhur Jaffrey, Penguin, 1978)

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Bio-enzymatic supplement (rice crackers)

It is understandable that if you visit a new species as part of a cultural exchange, you want to try all of their most delicious culinary offerings. In the case of the Iyaarans, this meant eating so much chocolate that even Counselor Troi could not keep up (TNG: Liaisons). This is doubly understandable when, as in the case of the Iyaarans, your normal daily food is a form of bio-enzymatic supplement.

While nothing can replace chocolate, I do have to say that these bio-enzymatic supplements were actually quite nice! I thought that rice crackers were a good standin for bio-enzymatic supplement as they were relatively plain. You can add whatever spices you wish so feel fee to play around with the flavours. This is not a difficult recipe but you do need to leave enough time, first for the rice to soak and then for the crackers to dry. 

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(Makes 12-16 crackers)

You will need to start a day in advance.

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Veal Marsala field rations

I have to say, if I was stuck with ration packs to survive on, this veal marsala would be a good choice. Comforting, filling and tasty, it is great for keeping your spirits up while in a shuttlecraft expecting to die (ENT: Shuttlepod One). I think it can even help when you’re stuck in a shuttlecraft with someone who constantly gets on your nerves - as Trip Tucker and Malcolm Reed both do to each other. 

I haven’t made veal marsala in years so was pleasantly suprised about how well it held up to my memories. If you can’t find Marsala wine, you could always use sherry or similar instead. Coating the veal pieces in flour is optional but I prefer the texture with the flour so have included it below. I served mine in a ration pack-type container, but I’m sure both Tucker and Reed would prefer theirs on a plate. 

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(Serves 2-3 people, or up to 4 if served with rice). 

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For Valentine’s Day: Tellurian Mint Truffles

I’m posting this before Valentine’s Day so if you so desire, you can make it for you or your Valentine. However, a word of advice: maybe before handing over the truffles, double check your Valentine has not been taken over by a Pah-wraith (DS9: The Assignment). I will say that Miles O’Brien was on the right path - having especially ordered these truffles as an apology to Keiko after destroying her bonsai plants, but unfortunately for him it went rather wrong. 

The basic recipe for these truffles can be used to make a variety of flavours - just substitute the essence flavouring of your choice. Additionally, instead of dipping them in chocolate, you can roll them in cocoa, icing sugar, coconut or crushed nuts. While these truffles are not difficult to make, you will need to ensure you have set aside enough time to properly chill the chocolate between each step - I made these over about a day and a half. 

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(Makes 16-20 small truffles or 12 large ones)

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Hasperat souffle

Using food to assist breaking people out of prison is not new; after all, the whole ‘bring a visitor a pie/cake with a razor blade inside’ trick goes back to at least the 19th century. However, it takes a special type of thinker (Quark) to acknowledge the possibilities of using a souffle to assist in the prison break-out process (DS9: Sacrifice of Angels). 

This souffle is a variation on the more traditional cheese souffle, using hasperat in the place of the cheese. You’ll need to start a week in advance if you don’t have any hasperat on hand (I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I do often have hasperat in the house!). The hasperat is distributed evenly throughout the souffle and giving a nice flavour. My souffle fell a bit as I was taking photos but if you serve it straight away it will be nice and fluffy. 

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(Makes 1 large souffle or 4-6 small ones)

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