Pasta Boudin

I can’t be the only one who wants to eat at Sisko’s. The food always looks fabulous, and of course the owner/cook/host seems great fun. As far as I am aware, Sisko’s remains proudly replicator free and prepares all recipes from scratch. As for this recipe - in the words of Joseph Sisko - “it’s got a kick but it will make you smile!” - what more can you ask for in a dish?!

This dish is a literal combination of pasta and boudin sausage filling. And I must say it is a great combination! I made the pasta from scratch but you could of course use store-bought. You will end up with far more boudin mixture than you need to serve with the pasta - but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. Use it with more pasta, spread it on toast or just eat it by itself. In all cases, I guarantee it will make you smile. 

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(Serves 2 as a pasta dish; makes about 5 cups of boudin mixture)
(Boudin mixture based on the recipe from the Homesick Texan; pasta recipe from Ruhlman’s Ratio). 

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Vulcan Spice Tea

Although this spice tea is clearly enjoyed by Tuvok and Captain Janeway (VOY: Alliances), I would also like to think that it is a common drink on all of Vulcan, because it is refreshing, spicy and logical all at the same time. I am a little suprised to see Janeway drink anything other than coffee, but can understand why a coffee drinker would enjoy the strong flavours of this tea. 

While I have listed quantities of spices below, the recipe is very flexible - if you want more of any spices, feel free to add it! Remember to steep your spices for a few minutes to allow the flavours to develop. It is a bit difficult to only make the amount of spice needed for a single cup, so I suggest you make the quantities below and store the mix in a jar - pre-made spice tea, whenever you want it! The recipe below does have quite a spicy finish - if you want to lower that a little, use less peppercorns and ground ginger. 

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(Makes about 1/4 cup of the spice mixture)

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For Thanksgiving: Sisko’s stuffing with tarragon

Happy Thanksgiving to all those who will be celebrating it! This year, we’re headed to Deep Space Nine where Benjamin Sisko cooked a thanksgiving dinner for all the senior staff (DS9: Blaze of Glory). Of course, as with any Thanksgiving dinner, you can’t possibly satisfy everyone and in this case it was Michael Eddington who didn’t like the stuffing and felt that Sisko had used too much tarragon. 

To me, those are fighting words. I am a huge fan of tarragon and there’s not many situations where I’d think there was too much of it. I made this stuffing in a separate dish (which I recognise means it should be called dressing, not stuffing). You could also use this to stuff a turkey and cook it, but this may result in an overcooked bird while you are waiting for the stuffing to cook through. If you are one of those people who, like Michael Eddington who doesn’t like tarragon, you can always use sage or parsley instead. 

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(Serves 4-6 as part of a larger Thanksgiving spread)
(Based on Michael Ruhlman’s ratio for Thanksgiving dressing)

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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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