Tera nut souffle

Apparently I’m in a souffle-making mood. Specifically, souffles from Voyager. This one was made by Tuvok when he temporarily lost his memory, and like his other desserts made during this time, is another culinary triumph (Voyager: Riddles). Essentially, if you like nutella, you’ll like this souffle - because that’s what it tastes like. No wonder Neelix continued to make and enjoy this souffle after Tuvok’s accident was long past. 

This recipe makes 2 or 3 super rich individual souffles or the size shown below. Honestly, if I made these again, I’d probably make them in smaller containers - they really are that rich. If you wish, you can only use half of the chocolate custard mixture and have some slightly lighter, less rich souffles. The remaining chocolate custard can be frozen until needed for more souffles.

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Thalian chocolate mousse

Hearing Ensign Wesley Crusher describe Thalian chocolate mousse (The Next Generation: The Dauphin) definitely makes me want to try it. Cocoa beans which have been aged for 400 years?! This really sounds like it would make good chocolate mousse. No wonder this was the dish Wesley chose to impress Salia, the new leader of her planet travelling to her destination.

While there’s lots of shapeshifting (including a quick appearance by Shelly from Twin Peaks!) and other adventures going on in this episode, I have always wondered about this chocolate mousse, and was keen to try it. The resulting recipe did not disappoint: it’s quite rich, chocolate-y, and quite light. The perfect combination with which to impress new leaders!

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Replicate your own
(Makes 6 individual servings)

250g dark cooking chocolate, chopped or broken into small pieces
25g butter, at room temperature, chopped into a few pieces
300ml cream
3 eggs, separated
1 tablespoon caster sugar
Generous pinch of salt

For the optional topping:
4-5 tablespoons dessicated coconut
6 packets of pop rocks (one for each mousse)

Start by melting the chocolate. You can do this either in the microwave, in short 20 second bursts, stirring each time; or via the double boiler method on the stove. To do this, place a saucepan of boiling water on the stove, and place a second saucepan or glass bowl over the top. Stir while the chocolate melts. With either method, ensure that no water comes into contact with the chocolate as this can cause it to seize.

Once the chocolate is fully melted, stir in the butter. This may cause your chocolate to look like it is starting to seize and it may come together into a lump. Don’t panic!

Stir in the cream bit by bit, mixing as you go, and your chocolate should revert to its smooth liquid state. Next add the egg yolks and stir to combine, and sprinkle in the salt.

Whip the egg whites until soft peaks form. Add the caster sugar, and continue whipping until you have firm peaks.

Gently fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture with a spatula. You want to keep in as much air as possible. Be gentle but make sure that the egg whites are completely mixed in.

Spoon your mousse into individual serving glasses or bowls and refrigerate for a minimum of 3 hours, or overnight.

When you are ready to serve the mousse, make the topping (which is optional, but awesome): Mix together the dessicated coconut and the pop rocks in a small bowl, then spoon onto the top of the mousse. You need to do this once the mousse is set otherwise the pop rocks will dissolve into the mousse.

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You will end up with a deliciously rich and smooth dessert, with a topping which is literally out of this world! Certainly something for young ensigns to impress passing young leaders with!

The (zombie) captains of Star Trek

Happy Halloween! I know that Halloween isn’t really a Star Trek-related holiday, but I had this idea which made me laugh, and seemed too good to ignore. I present to you: the zombie captains of Star Trek - in cookie form!

For once, Captain Kirk has managed to keep his shirt on but unfortunately has managed to partially pop his eye out and his intestines have exploded everywhere - I sense a shirt change coming up!

Picard, on the other hand, has lost his head somewhat but is still keeping a firm grip on it under his arm.

Captain Sisko has lost a limb (I think he may have eaten it) but is still looking dapper despite the fighting he’s undergone.

Poor Janeway has somehow had her brain exposed (and it appears to be…leaking) and she’s also almost lost an eye. At least she’s made sure her hair looks nice.

And finally, Captain Archer has clearly recently had a nice meal (I wonder where Porthos is…) and has also been in a battle or two.

I couldn’t help reproducing the photo of all Star Trek captains together at the recently held Destination Star Trek event in London.

It’s good to see they’re all still friends.

Notes:

  • I use Sweet Sugarbelle’s sugar cookie recipe - it’s easy to work with and the cookies don’t spread or rise too much. For these cookies, I made a half batch and ended up with 15 cookies. 
  • While there were a lot of colours, I decorated all the cookies with 1 batch of royal icing
  • When piping details onto existing icing, make sure you let each layer dry completely before adding the next one (for several hours or overnight). You risk the base colour bleeding through if you don’t.
  • If you’re interested in making your own decorated sugar cookies, there are lots of blogs out there who can explain the process a lot better than I could (and with lots of pictures!). Three of my favourites are Sweet Sugarbelle, Bake at 350, and Sweetopia.
  • Happy Halloween!