The Trouble With Tribble-rolls

Tribbles - scourge of the Klingon empire, profit-maker for Cyrano Jones and now delicious accompaniment to any meal. Luckily with these tribbles, you don’t have to worry about them reproducing - indeed, you may be sad that they don’t reproduce on their own as they might disappear at a fast rate!

These tribble rolls can of course be made without their tribble decorations and you will still end up with perfectly nice dinner rolls. But I will say that tribble-ising them seems to add a certain calming quality normally lacking in dinner rolls. However you wish to make these, just be careful you can distinguish them from any other tribbles lying about the place!

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Replicate your own
(Based on Michael Ruhlman’s recipe for buttermik rolls as described here)
(Makes 8 rolls - double all ingredients to make a standard set of 16). 

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An edible tribute to Janice Rand (braided lattice bread)

Yeoman Janice Rand. Maker of coffee and diet salads, artist and efficient worker. And also the person with probably the best hairstyle on the Enterprise. Yeoman Rand’s hair was one of the things that fascinated me when I first watched The Original Series, and I marvelled at how much work it would have been to maintain. Naturally, this meant I had to create an edible version of her braided lattice hair.

This is a standard bread recipe that you then plait or braid. Normally, plaited breads are divided into 6-8 strands and actually plaited together. I took the instructions used to create lattice pie tops and used this to create this lattice bread. The great thing about this bread is that you can tear off individual pieces to eat as small dinner rolls, or cut larger slices and toast them. I’ll post full process photos on the Facebook page so you can see all the steps in weaving the bread together. 

Replicate your own 
(Makes 1 loaf of bread which can be pulled apart into about 20 small rolls)
(Based on Paul Hollywood’s recipe for plaited bread)

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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.

Replicate your own
(Based on this recipe from Not So Humble Pie)
(Makes approx 20 small jellies or 10 large ones)

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Jelly shots: Original series

This is the first in an occasional series of Star Trek-themed jelly shots, and it seems only appropriate to start with The Original Series. I’d like to think that these jelly shots represent some of the different elements from The Original Series.

These jellies all set very well, so you could also pour them into moulds - just make sure the mould is well oiled, so the jelly is released easily. You can also layer the different jellies together, but you need to make sure the previous layer is completely set before you add the next one.

Replicate your own
(Makes 200-300ml of each jelly)

For each jelly, start by emptying the jelly crystals into a bowl or jug, and add 200ml boiling water. Stir until all the crystals are all dissolved and allow to cool to room temperature. Add the alcohol, stir, then pour into glasses, bowls or moulds and refrigerate overnight to set.

Command yellow
Yellow jelly (such as lemon, mango or passionfruit - I used passionfruit)
200ml boiling water
60ml gin

The sweetness of command with a sting in its tail, this jelly is not overly complex (like some captains, some might suggest…) but still conveys the highs and lows that are a captain’s lot. This will appeal to a wide range of people - just as a good commander should.

Science blue
Berry blue jelly
200ml boiling water
120ml white rum (you could use coconut rum if you prefer)
50ml blue curacao

Highlighting the exotic nature of space exploration, this jelly conjures up tropical surroundings and alien shores. It also celebrates the proliferation of blue alien drinks which seem to be spread across the galaxy.

Security red
Strawberry jelly
200ml boiling water
50ml gin
50ml campari

This variation on the classic Negroni cocktail conveys the innate bitterness which comes with serving in a security role. While it is a study in balance between sweet and bitter (necessary for successfully undertaking security work), its final aftertase is a reminder of the risks and dangers of being part of security. 

Stuffed Tellarite trotter

***Red alert! This post discusses, and has a photo of, stuffed pig’s trotter. If you don’t want to read about this, I suggest reversing your engines, changing course and coming back next week!***

I’ll admit I may be going into taboo territory here. Eating a Star Trek species??! While I don’t think they’re universally loved, the Tellarites certainly have their place in the Star Trek universe. This idea was of course inspired by the Tellarites having somewhat of a resemblance to pigs, and my thought that this meant they probably had cloven feet or hooves of some sort.  

This recipe has a lot of steps, but as long as you are comfortable working with trotters, it is not difficult to put together, with the end result being well worth the effort.

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For thanksgiving: Turkey meatloaf

Happy Thanksgiving! I’m posting this a bit before Thanksgiving, so if you want to have an appropriate Star Trek Thanksgiving, you’ve got time to replicate this!

You may have noticed that there hasn’t been many recipes from The Original Series. I’m definitely a fan of TOS but unfortunately there’s not much food to be seen or even referred to. Anyway, this is all about to change with this recipe. This recipe comes from Charlie X, the events of which apparently occur around the Thanksgiving holiday. In the middle of all the excitement of the episode, Captain Kirk still has time to order the chef to ensure the meatloaf they have looks like turkey. In the course of the episode, Charlie turns the meatloaf into real turkeys - and in the process reveals the extent and strength of his powers.

In developing this recipe, I thought of the flavours that go into a turkey dinner - not just the turkey itself, but also the stuffing and other accompaniments. While this isn’t the same as a real turkey, it might just suffice until Charlie can come along and change it into a real turkey.

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(Serves 3-4 if served with vegetables and other sides)

700g turkey meat, minced (buy it minced or mince it yourself)
1/2 onion
1/2 apple
1 small bunch of parsley
4-5 leaves of sage
1 egg
50g breadcrumbs
10g salt
Pepper to taste

For the glaze:
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce

Preheat your oven to 180°C / 350°F. Start by preparing the meatloaf mix. If you are mincing your turkey meat yourself, cut it into large pieces and sprinkle on the salt and pepper. Chop the onion and apple into large chucks and add these to the mix. Add the parsley and sage and mix everything together. Run the entire mixture through your mincer on a small blade.

If you’ve bought your turkey meat pre-minced, finely dice the apple, onion, parsley and sage, and mix together with the turkey mince, salt and pepper.

To your mince mixture, add the egg and mix well. Add the breadcrumbs and mix thoroughly for a couple of minutes.

Place the mince on a baking tray covered with aluminum foil. Using your hands or a couple of spoons, shape your mince into an roast turkey shape (there will be photos on the facebook page if you want to see how I did this part!).

Mix the glaze by melting the butter in a small container and adding the Worcestershire sauce. Brush this glaze over the turkey so it gets a nice brown colour. Reserve the remaining glaze.

Place the meatloaf in the oven and bake for 45 minutes. After 15 minutes, brush more glaze over the loaf and return to the oven. Repeat the glaze brushing every 10-15 minutes. The meatloaf should be done after 45 minutes.

To serve, remove from the baking tray and place on a serving dish. Add vegetables and more parsley to garnish.

Notes:

  • I roasted the vegetables separately and cooked carrots, onions and potatoes. The potatoes were cooked in duck fat.
  • If you do want to serve this as a main course for Thanksgiving, I’d suggest upping the quantities as this is a nice lunch for 3-4 people, but probably not enough for a Thanksgiving dinner.