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Aug 30, 2006 03:02 PM

star trek-y foods?

I am doing a small fund-raising dinner with my husband -- he's doing the Star Trek (I know, I know, but people signed up), I'm providing food. So I ordered the Star Trek cookbook, but honestly, it's disappointing. Does anyone have ideas for fun, tasty, alien-looking food or drinks? Thanks!

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  1. You probably want to make your foods, but how about some Freeze Dried and Dehydrated Foods that you could buy from a sporting goods camping dept.

    Dry ice in drinks.

    Frozen Milky Way candy bars on a popsicle stick.

    1. I think Japanese food is a rich source for extra-terrestrial-looking foodstuffs. One of my favorites is kimpira - finely slivered burdock root and carrot braised with soy sauce. It comes out looking like a tangle of swamp grass from somewhere in the Delta Quadrant. To make it easy, just use carrots (it's delicious).

      Peel as many large carrots as you can stand to work with. Score them along their length with a sharp knife at 1/8" intervals (no need to be too precise). Use a vegetable peeler to shave off long, very thin strips (use as much of the carrot as you can, but you can discard the thin core once it gets too hard to shave). Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet. Add the carrot strips and stir-fry for three or four minutes, then, for every two carrots add 2 T. sake and 1 T. sugar. Stir to mix and keep stirring for two more minutes. Add 1 1/2 T. soy sauce (again, this amount for every two carrots). Continue to stir until glossy and brown and the carrot strips are tender. Serve it in individual heaps.

      I think a nice seaweed salad also looks very extra-terrestrial. And how about star-fruit?

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      1. The first rule for the spacecraft food - no crumbs. You may want to make things like mousses and pates. Something like this one:
        Maybe, decorate with some alien motif.

        Jello for dessert - psychodelic colors and alien forms.

        I don't know, maybe cook whatever you feel like and serve food, say in StarTrek-theemed styroform take-out containers? (silver and neon spraypaint may work).

          1. re: Scrapironchef

            To be absolutely correct, it's "Tea, Earl Grey, hot".

            Sorry. I watched WAY too much ST growing up.

          2. Oh my god, I can't get Star Trek music out of my head. You'd better repay us with photos of this meal.

            I feel like the characters on Star Trek are always trying to make normal food and then complaining about how godawful it is. Just make bad food? :)

            Either that or they're drinking funny colored drinks at the bar. Jell-O inspired colors are right on.

            Hey, my blackberry vodka looks pretty much like blood wine.
            You could get your husband to relabel some bottles of really dark full bodied red wines in Klingon. He's fluent, right?