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Report this Jan. 11 2011, 5:39 am

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Report this Jan. 11 2011, 8:28 am

Star Trek Cookbook (1999) here: It's not really the food of Star Trek -- more like the food of the Star Trek stars with an occasional offworld recipe tossed in for seasoning:

One of the most widely webbed Plomeek recipes is here (and many other places). My big gripe is that Vulcans do not eat animal products, which makes them Vegans, not vegetarians, and which eliminates dairy (including butter & cheese), eggs, etc. This recipe includes sour cream (I don't think so!) and some minor variants include chicken stock (uh-UH!):

There's also a recipe out there by someone who just doesn't get the current Vulcan dietary choices. I call this one, "Plomeek for Klingons" -- it includes both chicken stock and "stew beef seasoning" (or is that "stew beef"?).

Neelix's version is simpler. It at least includes the note that "Vulcans *prefer* vegetable stock. The addition of some form of dairy (here, heavy cream) is put down to human taate (in this case, Captain Kirk).

Finally, here's my recipe retyped from hardcopy cadged off a 2004 review in the El Paso Times. This one feels most authentic: a good balance of proteins, as would be expected in any traditionally vegan culture; no animal products of any kind. Any YUMMMMY -- I've made it. Autumn is easiest for locovores (eat local stuff), but hard to get local spinach at the same time as the green beans since spinach is a cool-weather crop, beans mid-summer, and kabocha an autumn/winter crop. Anyway:

PLOMEEK SOUP (Vulcan recipe)

1 cup dried white beans
6 1/2 cups water
1 large onion, chopped
1 bay leaf
1 kabocha squash, peeled, seeded and cut
NOTE: can substitute acorn, hubbard or other hard dry winter squash
You need at least 1 kg if you are not familiar with kabocha)
1/2 pound (500 gr) green beans, cut in half
1 small zucchini squash, cut into pieces
1/2 pound cooked spinach (why bother -- let it cook in the broth!)
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon nutmeg

Prepare beans: in large pot, cover beans with water and soak overnight or at least 8 hours.
Drain soaking water. Put beans in LARGE soup pot with 5 cups of the water, the chopped onion and bayleaf. Boil approximately 1 hour or until beans are very soft (depends on how old the dried beans are).

ADD remaining 1 1/2 cups cold water to bean mixture [Noharrr's note: in Japanese cooking this is called "surprise water" and actually improves cooking times.]

Immediately add the peeled, cut-up kabocha [or hubbard or acorn squash], the garlic, curry powder and nutmeg. Return to a boil, then reduce heat and SIMMER (don't boil) for at least 30 minutes as the soup becomes gloriously orange, and the squash and beans puree themselves (help this along by stirring frequently with a big wooden spoon).

Add the spinach 10 - 15 minutes before serving [Noharrr's Note: I always use raw spinach]
depending on how soggy you like your spinach. Even 1 or 2 minutes will do for young leaves. This soup is a meal, especially if served with whole grain biscuits.
[Noharrr's Note: Dip bread bits in flax oil or extra-virgin olive oil (an added pinch of salt is optional) if you really must have lipids (fats) on your bread.]

YEILD: The original recipe says "serves 2 - 4 hearty eaters". By the time you get the beans and all the veg into this, I betcha you can serve 4 - 6. My stock-pot is FULL when I do this recipe.


PS: I have liberally re-written the original Method and annotated substitutions, but I haven't touched the original list of ingredients or the or changed the actual process of making it -- just the words that get you to the process. I'm something of a foodie, and prefer terser instructions which are often clearer. I have a few other Vulcan recipes that feel as authentic as this one. Will post sometime soon.

I know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that humankind will one day voyage among the stars. I shall not live to see that journey, but I have lived to see the journey begin . . . and for that, I am eternally grateful.


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Report this Jan. 11 2011, 1:40 pm

Quote: ZarabethS179 @ Oct. 08 2009, 4:17 pm

So I've started something kind of new--I start doing step aerobics to TOS. I've put my TOS drinking game to work for my health (ironically--LOL).

Every time Spock says "logical"  or "illogical" I do ten push-ups.
Whenver someone says the word "captain" I do ten jumping jacks.
Whenever Kirk grabs someone by the upper arms, I do ten crunches.
Whenever McCoy gives someone a hypo, it's ten sit-ups.

The rest of the time, it's basic step aerobics moves I've learned in classes.

This way, the episode actively engages me in the workout, instead of just being on in the background.

I love this! This is a great way to get healthy and stay that way! I will definitely give this a try.

"A little suffering is good for the soul." -Kirk


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Report this Jan. 11 2011, 5:06 pm

I have it! ... Sadly, I can't cook though, so I can't really use it. If I could, I'd be able to let you know if it was good! Lol. And from what I can tell, some of the recipes are jokes (Unless... they actually wanted you to use a human skull?), and some of them are real recipes. They seem pretty good to me.

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Report this Jan. 11 2011, 5:09 pm

Also, I once got my little overweight cousin to start working out because I told him it was "Jedi Training." I even got him to call me master. And yes, that's not star trek, but same basic principle. I like the idea of the Star Trek (non) Drinking game where you do exercises. I'll have to tell my friends about that one--we wanted to do a star trek drinking game for a while, but none of us really like drinking, so we wanted to substitute something. Good idea!

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Report this Jan. 11 2011, 10:15 pm

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