Raktajino

Raktajino: the favourite drink of the swing shift and Starfleet captains alike. While a Klingon drink, it seems to be almost more popular with many other races than with the Klingons on Deep Space Nine. And apparently also popular with Star Trek viewers - I have received more requests for a raktajino than any other dish!

Like the Bloodwine, I have a feeling this will not be the last time I’ll be trying out Raktajino recipes. I have left the milk/cream as optional in the recipe below, but if you feel you would enjoy a Raktajino in the same way Jadzia Dax sometimes liked to take hers, feel free to add a few splashes. Likewise, feel free to add more sugar for a taste more suited to Jake Sisko. 

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(Serves 2)

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Tulaberry wine

If you’re going to do business in the Gamma Quadrant, sooner or later you’re bound to come across tulaberry wine. Produced by several races in the Gamma Quadrant, it doesn’t take a Ferengi to work out the importance of tulaberry wine to trade in the Gamma Quadrant…or does it?! (DS9: Rules of Acquisition). This sweet wine seems to be drunk in great quantities and having tried some myself, I can see why!

This is yeast-fermented fruit wine made in the same way basic alcoholic cider is made. You will need a cider making kit or at the very least some winemakers’ yeast. I used this kit which is made in Australia but also ships overseas. This kit is useful as you can leave your juice to ferment in soft drink bottles. But you can employ far more advanced methods if you so desire! In addition, I used frozen blueberries that I then juiced and strained, but if you can find blueberry juice feel free to start with that instead. 

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(Makes about 1 litre / 1 quart of tulaberry wine).

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Ratamba Stew

There is nothing like the smell of a delicious stew floating its way through your living quarters as you prepare it. Or, in the case of this Ratamba Stew, the smell floating down the corridors of Deep Space Nine for everyone to appreciate (DS9: For the Cause). This is another dish lovingly prepared by Benjamin Sisko - this time for Kasidy Yates to enjoy, although it’s fair to say she wasn’t sure about the smell. 

This stew is made by cooking spinach, kale or silverbeet (or any combination thereof) slowly over a low heat with butter and spices added. It is very simple, but so tasty and the texture is great. The curry leaves and ground ginger give it pungency I feel Sisko would approve of! It makes a good side dish or could be used as a main if quantities were increased. If you are only using spinach, you will only need to cook it for about 30 minutes, but if adding some of the tougher leaves such as kale, 1 hour is best. 

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(Serves 2-3 as a side dish)
(Based on a recipe in An Invitation to Indian Cookery, Madhur Jaffrey, Penguin, 1978)

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Hasperat souffle

Using food to assist breaking people out of prison is not new; after all, the whole ‘bring a visitor a pie/cake with a razor blade inside’ trick goes back to at least the 19th century. However, it takes a special type of thinker (Quark) to acknowledge the possibilities of using a souffle to assist in the prison break-out process (DS9: Sacrifice of Angels). 

This souffle is a variation on the more traditional cheese souffle, using hasperat in the place of the cheese. You’ll need to start a week in advance if you don’t have any hasperat on hand (I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I do often have hasperat in the house!). The hasperat is distributed evenly throughout the souffle and giving a nice flavour. My souffle fell a bit as I was taking photos but if you serve it straight away it will be nice and fluffy. 

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(Makes 1 large souffle or 4-6 small ones)

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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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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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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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Gladst

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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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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Fanalian toddy

If you’re interested in getting the attention of a certain doctor, having an illness is certainly one way to go about it. And having an illness which can be miraculously cured by a drink from Quark’s is even better (DS9: Explorers). In this case, Doctor Bashir is able to ‘prescribe’ Leeta a Fenalian Toddy to cure her cough. All flirting aside, this is a lovely drink if you do have a summer cold, or to help warm you up on those cold nights in space. 

There are plenty of recipes out there for hot toddies and the recipe is certainly very adaptable. For a different flavour, I have used juniper berries and cardamom pods, but you could certainly use cloves or nutmeg if you prefer. Adding a slice of lemon or orange peel is also a nice variation. 

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(Makes 1 drink)

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