A Bringloidi meal for two (Irish Stew)

If you’re on the Enterprise, you clearly never know when some new friends are going to drop by. In the case of the Bringloidi, they will drop by with all their family members, their equipment and of course their farm animals (TNG: Up the Long Ladder). While many human settlements have obviously embraced the food replicator, the Bringloidi have not. If the Bringloidi truly embrace their agrarian roots, it should come as no surprise to see an Irish Stew on the menu. 

I do realise this episode is probably not a favourite, and it certainly has its share of issues. However, this Irish Stew is nothing to sneer at! The recipe below is for goat, but you could definitely substitute lamb very easily. I thought of this as a meal for two to share (perhaps for Riker and Brenna) but it is easily doubled or even quadrupled if a bunch of Space Irish suddenly drop around. 

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(Serves 2 as a main meal)

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Tribute cookies for Captain Picard Day

This upcoming Monday (June 16) is Captain Picard Day! That great day where we can celebrate the achievements of one of our favourite captains in any and every way possible. This year I thought I’d go with a contribution to the Captain Picard Day display in the form of Captain Picard-related cookies.

While Captain Picard may not be so keen on his face turned into an egghead, surely he can’t object to some Tea, Earl Grey, Hot, or with the instruction to Bake it So?! If he is not impressed, maybe put the cookies aside and instead offer him an Earl Grey MarTEAni or some Earl Grey tea cupcakes. However you celebrate it, I hope you have a great Captain Picard Day!

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(Makes approx 25 cookies)

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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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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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