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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Just a reminder…

If you’re interested in seeing how the various dishes / recipes are created, head over to the facebook page where I post photos of the cooking process. I’ve just uploaded a whole bunch of them!

Gramilian sand peas

It’s no surprise that Quark’s Bar would be well stocked with bar snacks. What is perhaps more surprising is that there is a bar snack that exists in the world that Quark has not heard of! But that is what we see in Rules of Acquisition, when Pel suggests that Quark should stock Gramilian sand peas because they cause an immediate thirst, meaning that customers will buy more drinks. This is, of course, not Pel’s only business advice to Quark, as we see in the rest of the episode.

These peas really do make a great snack and the most difficult part is not having enough of them around! The secret to these is to cook the peas low and slow, until they are almost dehydrated and crunchy. You can also use a dehydrator to make these, if you have one handy. This is more of a method than a full recipe, and quantities and spices (except for the salt - that’s essential!) are really up to you. 

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(This recipe makes about 250g of finished peas, but I strongly advise you to make a larger amount!)

450g / 1 pound fresh peas
2-3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
Chili powder

Preheat the oven to 95°C / 200°F.

Line a baking sheet with aluminium foil and pour on 2 of the tablespoons of canola oil. Add the peas and shake them around, until they are all coated with the oil. Add more oil if needed to ensure they are all coated.

Liberally sprinkle salt over the peas and again shake them around. Bake them in the oven for about 3 hours or until they are dry and a bit crunchy, shaking the pan every once in a while to make sure they cook evenly. 

When they are dried, add the last tablespoon of oil and again shake the pan, then sprinkle on the spices of your choice (I used pepper, paprika and a bit of chili powder). Shake the pan one last time to distribute the spices, then tip the peas into a bowl and enjoy with many beverages. 

Strawberry Tart

It’s no question that being wrenched out of the Borg Collective and back into the world of the Federation would be traumatic for anyone. As we saw with Seven of Nine, some of the major issues she faced had to do with reconnecting with her human side, and her human relatives on Earth. While this reconnecting was often difficult and painful, sometimes good memories surfaced too, such as Seven of Nine’s recollection that her Aunt had coaxed her out of a cupboard with the promise of a strawberry tart (Voyager: Author Author). And there is no denying that strawberry tart is a very good reason indeed to come out of hiding for. 

This delicious strawberry tart is quick to assemble and all the pieces can be prepared in advance. Brushing (optional) melted chocolate onto the base before adding the pastry cream not only adds a delicious crunchy chocolate layer, but also creates a barrier between the pastry cream and the tart shell, helping to keep the tart shell from going soggy. I got my inspiration for the strawberry arrangement from Confessions of a Tart, making mine look a bit more alien, but you can of course arrange your strawberries on top however you wish. 


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(Makes 1 24cm / 9 inch tart, or 4-5 individual small ones)

To assemble the tart you’ll need:
baked and cooled 24cm / 9 inch tart shell (recipe below) (or individual small tart cases)
Vanilla pastry cream (recipe below)
500g / 1 pound 2 oz strawberries, hulled and sliced as wanted
60g / 2oz dark chocolate (optional)

To assemble, melt the dark chocolate (if using) and spread over the bottom of the tart shell. Refrigerate for 2-3 minutes, until the chocolate firms up.

Just before you want to serve the tart, spoon on the pastry cream and smooth it, then arrange the strawberries on top. Use it to coax out small children out of cupboards they may be hiding in, or just as a lovely dessert for everyone to share. 

(recipes for the tart shell and pastry cream below the break)

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Food Replicator turns 1!

A little over a year ago, I was talking to my husband about how much I was enjoying some of the geeky food and drink blogs out there, like Gourmet Gaming and The Drunken Moogle. I made the offhand comment that if I was going to do a blog like this, it would clearly be based on Star Trek, since that’s my favourite! 

As you can see, the idea stuck. My lovely husband designed all the images and theme for the website, and I set to work creating recipes. You have seen the results over the past year and don’t worry - there are plenty more to come!

I want to thank everyone who has read the blog and/or commented or messaged me - it is really appreciated! While I was entertained by the notion of combining Star Trek and cooking, I wasn’t sure if anyone else would be. I’ve been really happy and touched to see everyone’s responses and I’m always super excited when people tell me they’ve made the recipes themselves!

Regular recipe programming will resume next week but in the meantime, take a look through the index for your favourite recipe; have a look at facebook if you’re interested in photos showing the cooking process; and always - always - keep those phasers set on yum!


What’s this?! A Klingon dish that involves no meat, and is actually vegan?! Insanity. Even if gladst is only a side dish, at least we can be comforted by the knowledge that Klingons do eat their vegetables after all. Gladst is available at the Klingon Restaurant on Deep Space Nine, and certainly seems like a good alternative to all that gagh (DS9: Melora). 

This is essentially a stir fry of mushrooms with some garlic, ginger and chilis for flavour. I have never seen fresh wood fungus but the dried version is easily available at Asian supermarkets. I have added a fair amount of chili to this as I figure Klingons would like it spicy, but you can of course adjust the chili to your liking. This dish can be eaten both with or without sauce; while I enjoyed the addition of the sauce, the mushrooms are equally delicious on their own. 

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(Serves 2 as a main dish or 3-4 as a side dish)

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Brill Cheese

I am always impressed with Neelix’s range of canapes. It seems that no matter the situation or the ingredients on hand, he can always whip up a delicious dish to pass around. In this case we have brill cheese, made from the milk of the grakel, a Delta-quadrant animal (Voyager: Learning Curve). Unfortunately for the Voyager crew, the cheese’s bacterial cultures infect the ship’s gel packs, and chaos ensues. But at least the cheese is delicious!

This is a mildly-flavoured goat’s milk cheese which you can easily alter by changing the herbs you add to it. It takes a few hours to let it reach the right consistency - and again how firm you want it is up to you. Serve with crackers or on pieces of toasted baguette.

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(Makes about 125g / 4.4oz of cheese)
(Based on the recipe by Kiss My Spatula)

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Icoberry Torte

It’s hard work being in charge of a space station. If you’re the commander, every issue is brought to your attention - including the fact that a long-lost Bajoran Resistance leader may still be alive (DS9: The Homecoming). If you’re Benjamin Sisko, what better way to distract yourself from station business than with a raktajino and a piece of icoberry torte?!

This is a lovely teacake which is great with either tea or coffee. The batter rises up and covers most of the berries, leaving a fruity layer underneath, topped with the sugar/cinnamon mix. I can definitely understand why Captain Sisko was so fond of this cake and why he ordered it so frequently!

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(Makes one cake which will serve 8-10 people)
(Based on this recipe for a Late Summer Berry Torte)

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Keiko vs Miles pt 2: Plankton loaf, kelp buds, sea berries

After last week’s corned beef hash (beloved by Miles O’Brien), let’s move on to Keiko’s breakfast. As she says to Miles, she ate this almost every day growing up (TNG: The Wounded). We are of course talking about plankton loaf, kelp buds and sea berries.

I’ve taken some liberties with this one, trying to match the look of the dish as the starting point. The plankton loaf is basically a savoury mochi, with a filling of small shrimp and other flavourings (and I acknowledge that this is definitely the easy/cheat’s way to make mochi!). The plate is garnished with various pickles, including pickled ginger. As for the verdict: delicious! But I’m not sure I’d want it every day for breakfast - although, while I love corned beef hash, I don’t know if I could cope with that every day for breakfast either. 

So overall, I definitely enjoyed both of these breakfasts, but wouldn’t want them every day. Keiko’s was certainly different to what I normally have for breakfast but very tasty nonetheless. 

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(Serves 2 - makes about 5-6 large mochi)

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Keiko vs Miles pt 1: Corned beef (hash) and eggs

Newlywed life, as Keiko and Miles O’Brien discovered, can have its ups and downs. One minute, you’re in marital bliss, and the next, you’re wondering what on earth your wife has served you for breakfast. In this two-part series, I’m going to look at both their breakfast choices and determine which is superior. First up: Miles O’Brien’s corned beef and eggs!

I have interpreted Miles’ “Corned beef and eggs” for breakfast as corned beef hash and eggs. If you prefer, you can always slice up some corned beef and serve it with eggs, but I felt that corned beef hash made a better breakfast. This is certainly a hearty start to the day!


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(Serves 2)

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