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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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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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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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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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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Rokeg Blood Pie

***Red alert! This post discusses the preparation of blood. If you don’t want to read about this, I suggest reversing your engines, changing course and coming back next week!***

So let’s get one thing straight. Rokeg Blood Pie, in my opinion, should be made with…blood. None of this raspberry puree stuff. I just can’t imagine a bunch of battle-weary Klingons sitting down to a delicate raspberry pie as part of a main meal. Blood, on the other hand, has all sorts of iron-enhancing properties which I am sure is good for preparing for battle. 

This pie is essentially black pudding/boudin noir filling inside a pastry crust. The best way to describe the flavour is to say it is like eating a very rich sausage roll. You will need a few Klingons to help finish this pie, as you’ll only need small slices as it is quite rich. 

I made 2 versions of this pie - for the first, as you see below, I made a traditional pie, with pastry and the Klingon insignia as decoration on the top. The second is at the end of the post and reflects how the pie appears in The Next Generation (A Matter of Honor). The filling is the same in both cases. 


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(Makes a pie to serve 8-10 people)

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An Earl Grey Tea Party for Captain Picard Day

As you’re probably already aware, the 16th of June is celebrated as Captain Picard Day. He’s a role model! Captain Picard Day is usually celebrated by making artwork of all types which somehow represents Captain Picard. But I got to thinking: surely there needs to be some food for Captain Picard Day too! Taking inspiration from his favourite drink, I present - an Earl Grey Tea Party for Captain Picard Day.

For our tea party, we have some Earl Grey shortbread biscuits, an Earl Grey MarTEAni (made with Earl Grey infused gin and served in a teacup, or a martini glass if you prefer), and some Earl Grey cupcakes with lemon icing. Not shown: some actual Earl Grey tea, hot! The beauty of all of these recipes is that if you don’t like Earl Grey tea, you can substitute for any other black tea you like.

The full recipes and more photos are under the break, but here’s a handy clickable list to go straight to a specific recipe:

Earl Grey MarTEAni
Earl Grey Shortbreads
Earl Grey Cupcakes with lemon icing


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Balso Tonic (cucumber juice)

This drink comes to us from the Trill homeworld, where it is enjoyed for its medicinal qualities. While it was not available via the Federation food replicators (TNG: The Host), I think this is definitely a drink that can be enjoyed far and wide.

Balso tonic is not shown on screen, only mentioned. In coming up with a suitably healthy drink for the Trill, I decided on a base of cucumber juice. Cucumbers are not only refreshing, they have all sorts of health benefits such as helping to rehydrate you, assisting with skin and hair care and can apparently also help relieve joint and arthritis pain. The additional benefit to this drink is that it is delicious and great in the heat! So next time you’re feeling like you need to exchange host bodies, make yourself some balso tonic, and hopefully your next joining will go as smoothly as possible.


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(Makes about 400ml of cucumber juice)

1 English cucumber
Juice of 1 lemon
3-4 sprigs of mint (a good handful)
100ml water
1 teaspoon sugar (optional, to taste)
Soda water (optional)

Coarsely chop the cucumber and throw the pieces into a blender. Add the remaining ingredients and blend for 3-4 minutes until it is smooth. 

Strain the juice into a jug, pushing the pulp down with a back of a spoon to extract as much juice as possible.

To serve, add more lemon juice or sugar as needed (to taste), and top up with soda water if desired. Garnish with a piece of cucumber and an additional sprig of mint.


  • I prefer to blend everything together so it is well integrated, but you could also blend the cucumbers first so you have a neutral juice base you can then add other flavours to.
  • I don’t bother peeling the cucumbers before blending, as they’re all going to be strained anyway, but you can peel the cucumbers if you wish.
  • The cucumber juice also makes a great cocktail base - Hendricks gin is recommended!
  • Add some yoghurt to the leftover pulp and you will have a smooth, raita-like dipping sauce.
Vermicula (whitebait soup)

I know that sometimes travelling to important conferences can be hard work and very tiring. So why not take a leaf out of the Anteadeans’ book and travel in a catatonic state, and arrive at your destination refreshed?! After awakening, the Anteadeans eat huge amounts of Vermicula, to revive them and provide nourishment - not to mention grossing out the crew of the Enterprise in the process (Next Generation: Manhunt).

In my opinion you could do far worse than consume this soup in great quantities. It is light, tasty and refreshing - and may have the similar effect of horrifying your dining companions. While whitebait are generally battered and fried, they were very nice in this soup, and only took a few minutes to cook. You could substitute another small fish (or even pieces of a larger fish) if you can’t find any whitebait.

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(Serves 2 for a main meal)

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