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. 

Gingerbread Communicator

Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! Hooray the Earth didn’t collapse in an apocalypse! Whatever you’re celebrating, I think gingerbread is always a welcome addition. While Christmas is not celebrated in the Star Trek Universe, I could not resist the opportunity to create a gingerbread version of one of the most iconic pieces of equipment from The Original Series.

While I wanted it to have the details from the communicator, I also wanted it to look like gingerbread, so I kept decorations to a minimum. The secret to creating 3D gingerbread items is to use lots of royal icing - this stuff really is like cement and holds everything together beautifully.

Even if you don’t want to make anything fancy, this recipe still creates delicious gingerbread cookies you can enjoy. Happy holidays!

Replicate your own

I used Simply Recipes’ gingerbread house dough recipe for my cookies. I halved the quantities listed on the recipe but still ended up with about 40 cookies on top of the two sets of communicators I cut out - so be aware it makes a lot!

I created a simple template for the communicator using this tutorial as a guide. I cut out the pattern pieces on thick card paper and then used that to cut out the cookie pieces. I froze the dough before cooking as this helps it keep its shape.

I used royal icing (1 egg white, add icing sugar until the desired consistency is reached) for all decorations, as well as for gluing the pieces together.

Toothpicks and scrunched up pieces of plastic wrap are both very useful to use as prop-ups while waiting for the royal icing to dry when gluing the pieces together.

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.

Replicate your own
(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.