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Mool {Vegan Beer Baked Beans} and Hasperat {Spicy Pepper Vegan Pinwheels} – Another “Star Trek: First Contact” Party!

6 Apr

Yesterday, we celebrated another First Contact Day! Yep, it’s that time of year again, when we observe the future meeting between humans and the alien race from Vulcan. April 5, 2063 draws ever closer, which of course required another party. Check out this post if you have no idea what I’m talking about – it’s a Star Trek thing 🙂

Chris did a fabulous job setting the apartment to Red Alert; the Tribbles were multiplying out of control; Trek trivia was being thrown about throughout the night; food and drink were enjoyed by all.

We began by watching the two-part The Next Generation two-episode story “All Good Things,” which was a nice way to kick off what was to come of encounters with the Borg. Spoiler: Resistance is Futile!

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Picard becomes a Borg and green shots reverse our polarity.

After settling into our seats on the Bridge, we turned on the movie Star Trek: First Contact. Collectively (no, not the Borg Collective), I think we had the movie memorized by now! This was, after all, our 4th annual First Contact Day party.

Aside from actually buying a replicator to make food for the party, we did an excellent job embodying all that is Star Trek for some eats and treats.

Of course the Tribbles made an appearance, in the form of paleo coconut macaroons!

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Tribble Coconut Macaroons – I think Kirk would have preferred these to the actual Tribbles!

Odo’s baked Bruschetta was a popular snack. Picard’s cheese board delighted all. Isolinear chips & dip were nice to nibble on. Polarity-Reversing Gravity Bombs were sure to knock us back a lightyear or two. Alvinian Melons provided a fruity side, along with some Vulcan vegetables.

Science and Engineering cupcakes brought some sweetness to our away missions (you’ll notice the red shirts were mysteriously gone…). I made these paleo chocolate cupcakes, which are gluten- and dairy-free, and topped them with mint and orange versions of the frosting from last year’s Cellular Peptide cake!

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Science & Engineering cupcakes!

Bajoran Hasperat gave us something spicy to enjoy. Traditionally, “it was made using a specially prepared brine, which if made correctly would cause the eyes to water and sear the tongue.” However, in an effort so spare our eyes and tongues, I simply made pinwheels using low carb tortillas, plain vegan cream cheese, hot sauce and sweet red peppers. Details below!

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Bajoran Hasperat makes a delicious pinwheel appetizer!

Finally, I made “Mool,” which is essentially a pot of baked beans, but way better! This is a slow cooker recipe, which makes it perfect for chilly days or busy parties. These beans are vegan, with no added fat. Oh, and they’re made with a bottle of beer, so you know it’s gonna be good 🙂 See below for the recipe!

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These beer baked beans are great no matter the occasion!

Hasperat {Spicy Pepper Vegan Pinwheels}, adapted from the Star Trek Cookbook

Makes 24 Pinwheels

  • 6 8″ low carb tortillas
  • 6 tbsp plain vegan cream cheese
  • 6 sweet twister peppers
  • 6 tsp hot sauce (more or less, to your liking)

Cut the tops and tips off of the peppers. Remove seeds and slice them thinly, lengthwise.

Spread one tablespoon of cream cheese onto a tortilla. In a line down the middle, drizzle/spread a teaspoon of hot sauce. Lay one pepper’s worth of slices onto the tortilla and roll it up tightly, as you would sushi. Slice off the ends of the rolled tortilla, then cut each tortilla into 4 equal pinwheels.

Repeat with remaining tortillas. Serve with toothpicks on the side. You’ll notice that I made half of mine “mild” – I left off the hot sauce because not all of our guests like spicy foods.

Mool {Vegan Beer Baked Beans}, adapted from the Star Trek Cookbook

Serves 6-8

  • 1 lb dried Navy beans
  • Water to cover, plus about 2 cups to add halfway through
  • 1 bottle beer (such as a Maple Scotch ale)
  • ¼ C molasses
  • 2 tbsp German mustard
  • 2 tbsp Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Combine all ingredients, except* the two extra cups of water, into your crockpot. Turn it on high and let cook for 8-10 hours.

About half way through, add the extra water and stir. This is necessary so your beans don’t burn, and they become cooked through.

*If you will be gone for the duration of cooking time, just add the extra water at the beginning with everything else.

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Cellular Peptide Cake with Mint Frosting (aka dessert for a Star Trek Party!)

15 Apr

“Live Long and Prosper!” was exchanged frequently at my house this past weekend. My boyfriend and I, along with 14 of our friends, celebrated a pre-holiday that all Trekkies should know: First Contact Day. Yep, the Star Trek movie, First Contact, predicts that in 2063, an alien race will decide finally to make contact with humans on Earth. A much-anticipated event that requires drinks and food of all kinds.

Ok, not ALL kinds, but Star Trek kinds! We basically hosted the nerdiest Trek party around – complete with a viewing of the aforementioned movie and other Star Trek episodes; our living room was decorated to look like we had gone to Red Alert; guests were wearing all sorts of Trek garb (including my new set of Captain’s pips from Chris!!); and themed treats to indulge in while partying it up.

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Last year, I shared a few of those recipes, such as Captain Sisko’s Ratamba Stew, Constable Odo’s Bruschetta, and the blue-hued Romulan Ale. This year, I baked some Cookies. Earl Grey. Sweet., a Cellular Peptide cake, and we even had Fuzzy Tribbles (in both cake bite and adult beverage form).

Cellular Peptide cake comes from an episode in The Next Generation, “Phantasms,” where the android Data kind of loses his mind and starts having dreams, which is uncharacteristic of androids. One of the most bizarre scenes is when he approaches the Klingon Worf, who states he’s eating a “cellular peptide cake, with mint frosting.” Ok, if that wasn’t strange enough, we come to find out this “cake” is really the Counselor Troi in cake form! Check out the video clip. It’s weird.

But the point is: there’s cake! In the episode, the cake appears to be a white or yellow vanilla cake. But because Deanna Troi LOVES chocolate so much, I opted for a chocolate cake. In the mood to keep things somewhat healthy, I found a healthy version of a Texas sheet cake on Chocolate Covered Katie’s blog – it’s the perfect size for a cake that needs to be shaped into a human torso without it being overly huge.

To make the mint frosting, I opted for icing made with coconut oil, powdered sugar, milk and peppermint extract. Get this: this frosting is made in the FOOD PROCESSOR. I swear, it was done in less than 5 minutes. I can’t rave enough about this! And it’s coconut oil, so that’s totally healthy, right? 🙂

Some food coloring and artistic patience later, I’ve got a cellular peptide cake with mint frosting. One friend commented that the final product tastes like a cake version of Thin Mints. And she was right!! So whether you’re an equally huge nerd, or just like the flavor of Thin Mints, this cake is totally for you. Throw on an episode of Star Trek and get baking! Neelix would want you to 🙂

Cellular Peptide Cake with Mint Frosting (aka Thin Mint Cake)

Serves 20

First, make this healthier Texas Sheet Cake, from Chocolate Covered Katie. (I made no alterations to her recipe, so just follow along! Be sure you use a 9×13″ rimmed baking sheet – nothing larger.)

Let the cake cool completely in the baking sheet. Make the frosting in the meantime.

Mint Frosting

  • ½ C coconut oil, room temperature – you want this in a solid state
  • 3 C powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/4 C nondairy milk
  • Optional: food coloring

Combine the coconut oil, sugar, extract and milk in your food processor. Cover and blend until it mixes together completely. Add more milk as necessary to keep the frosting moving.

If using food coloring for cellular peptide cake, transfer 2/3 frosting to one bowl, and 1/3 frosting to another. Color the larger amount to make it a deep blue, like Counselor Troi’s uniform. Color the smaller amount with equal parts green and red food coloring to achieve a dark gray (or buy black food coloring). Mix well until the colors are incorporated throughout.

For cellular peptide cake, you’ll want to trim the cake to make it look like a torso – basically like a T-shirt. Cut a V-neck, cut some shoulders, and trim a half inch off either side of the “stomach” area.

Scoop colored frostings into two separate plastic sandwich or piping bags. Follow my picture or one online to achieve the look of Deanna Troi. I used three white chocolate chips to represent her Lt. Commander status pips (the third one of which I added a dot of the gray frosting to signify that it was a hollow pip).

Tip: pipe a border on the edges of the cake first, and fill it in from there. The frosting is fluid enough that the piping lines will set and blend into each other for a seamless finished product.

If you’re just making this as a tasty Thin Mint cake, spread the plain white frosting over the entire cake – no need to trim anything off of it! Optional: dye the frosting green to evoke a minty look. Let it set an hour before slicing and enjoying.

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Ratamba Stew – Captain Sisko’s Recipe

8 Apr

So what do you serve for a main course following Odo’s bruschetta on First Contact Day? How about some hearty, vegan stew! After all, we’ll be eating replicated food in the future – none of which is composed of animal products. This stew comes courtesy of Captain Sisko, who was the badass in charge of Star Trek’s space station Deep Space 9.

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Image courtesy of ds9.trekcore.com

Want the recipe to make Romulan Ale to accompany this stew? Watch out, it’s rather potent: simply mix equal parts of spiced rum, vodka and blue curaco in a glass with a few ice cubes. That’s it! Strong and pungent. Be careful with this one.

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Romulan Ale! Just don’t get caught with it.

 

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Apologies for the awful lighting. See yesterday’s post with “Red Alert” lights!

 

Ratamba Stew
Serves 6

  • 1 28 oz can diced stewed tomatoes
  • 1 C tomato juice (low sodium)
  • 1/2 C water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large green bell pepper, diced
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 jalapeños, diced
  • 2 cans of beans (I used 1 each of pinto and black beans)
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil or Italian seasoning

Dump everything into your slow cooker and stir well to combine.

Turn it on to high and cook for 4-6 hours, or low and cook for 8-10 hours.

Stir once or twice while it cooks if you’re home, but don’t worry about it if you’re not.

Alternatively, saute veggies in a large pot in the oil until translucent. Add the tomatoes, liquids, beans and spices. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer covered for 45-60 minutes. (This is an estimate – cook until it’s to your liking!)

Serve hot with French bread, rice, noodles or on its own.

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