Pasta al fiorella

As one of Geordi La Forge’s favourite meals, you would think he’d get the name right. Is it pasta al fiorella, as he ordered at the Deep Space Nine Replimat (TNG: Birthright, Part I), or pasta alla fiorella, the traditional dish? Either way, the Replimat seemed to understand him when he ordered two servings for him and Worf to enjoy. 

Unfortunately for Geordi, the Replimat produced a dish that tasted like liquid polymer - but Worf definitely liked it. I must say, I am getting a little skeptical of the Klingon palate (or maybe it’s just Worf) as he also enjoyed the 'Owon eggs that everyone else found so disgusting. This recipe is very flexible - add more or less of any ingredient in the sauce as you wish. I’ve provided a recipe for homemade pasta below but you can always use store bought too of course. 

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Replicate your own
(Serves 2 as a main course)

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Stewed bok-rat liver

Surely it is a truth universally acknowledged: that a Klingon warship, with no fresh bok-rat liver aboard, is barely a warship at all - let alone if there is no bloodwine. Such was the case for Jadzia Dax and Worf, when they boarded the IKS Rotarran, under the command of General Martok (DS9: Soldiers of the Empire). Dax brightened the mood considerably by bringing cases of bloodwine aboard, but overall morale was low. Such is the fate of a crew surviving on old bok-rat liver.

Dax was certainly right about the liver: the secret to this recipe is to ensure your liver is fresh. The stew base could be altered depending on what you have to hand - you could easily add some potatoes, for example. This is a great dish for cold winter nights, even if you’re not aboard the Rotarran, and also stores well and is even better the next day.

Replicate your own
(Serves 2-3)

500g lamb’s liver
1 onion, diced
1 tin crushed tomatoes
1 tin cannellini beans (or rehydrate some dried beans)
2 carrots, diced
1 stick celery, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
150-200g bacon, diced
250g chicken or vegetable stock
5 tablespoons cornflour (corn starch)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)

In a large saucepan or cast-iron cooking pot suitable for the stove, add the diced bacon and cook gently, so it releases its fat. Once it starts to crisp up, add the diced onion and garlic and cook in the bacon fat. You might need to add a splash of vegetable oil if your bacon wasn’t very fatty.

When the onions start to soften, add the celery and carrots, and cook for a further 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock, tinned tomatoes and cannellini beans, bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer. Put the lid on the pot and allow it to simmer gently while you prepare the liver.

To prepare the liver, remove any silver membrane or fatty pieces. Slice the liver into thin pieces - a very sharp knife is good for this, because the liver is so fragile.

In a bowl, mix together the cornflour, salt, pepper, paprika and cayenne pepper. Coat the liver pieces in the seasoned flour, tapping them gently to remove any excess.

Add the pieces of liver to the stew, stirring so that most of them are submerged in the liquid. Simmer the liver for about 30 minutes, or until both the liver and vegetables are soft and well incorporated.

Optional: reserve a few of the liver pieces dredged in the seasoned flour, and when the stew is ready, fry them over high heat for about 30 seconds per side. Add these to the top of your stew as a garnish.

Make sure all crew members know the lyrics to The Warrior’s Anthem and be sure to keep morale up, and you will eat many delicious bok-rat liver dishes in the glorious battle-ridden future. 

Klingon Octopus

I must admit I’m both intimidated and super excited about Klingon food. Much of it is quite confronting but I think it also has the potential to be delicious. Today’s recipe definitely falls under the scary-looking but delicious category!

It is worth noting that while this dish is shown on screen (in TNG: Genesis - an episode directed by none other than Gates McFadden), it is never identified by name. So while it’s been called a Klingon octopus, it could be a different type of Klingon sea creature (you can read more about it on Memory Alpha here).

Octopus needs to either be cooked for a very short or very long time - it is rubbery in the middle. For this recipe, I felt that cooking it on a low temperature was a better option for the large pieces of octopus. Warning: eating this dish may lead to the first stages of genetic de-evolution!

Replicate your own
(Serves 2 for a main course)

1kg octopus, chopped into large pieces
1 tin crushed tomatoes
1 onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped finely
Capers
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup pearl couscous
2 sprigs parsley, chopped
Olive oil for cooking

Chop the onions and garlic and sautee in olive oil until soft. Add the white wine and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Add the tomatoes and capers and bring to the boil. When boiling, add the octopus pieces, and turn down the heat and cover. Simmer for about 1 1/2 hours, or until the octopus is soft and can be pierced with a fork.

When the octopus is cooked, remove from the saucepan and bring the sauce to the boil. Add the pearl couscous and stir until it is cooked, about 5 minutes. Serve in an appropriate Klingon style with lettuce or salad greens. Sprinkle the chopped parsley over the top for a garnish. Hope that Reg Barclay is not nearby.

Notes:

  • This recipe is definitely better with large pieces of octopus, but in a pinch you could use small octopuses instead
  • Standard couscous could replace the pearl couscous if you prefer