Food Straight Out Of The Future (Or Alternate Past)

Sadly, replicators aren't standard in Earth kitchens. And we don't live in the Star Wars universe where the only food we see onscreen is a pear flying through the air. Thankfully we're not forced to choke down algae mash with our algae coffee every morning. But if you've ever had a hankering for the food you see in your favorite sci-fi or fantasy series, chances are someone's come up with a recipe --  many of which aren't much harder to prepare than saying "Tea. Earl Grey. Hot."

Klah & Bubbly Berry Pies

I know many GWCers start every morning with a good cup of coffee. But if they lived on Pern, they'd have to settle for a good cup of klah. Luckily for us fans of Anne McCaffre's popular Dragonriders of Pern series, the supplemental book The Dragonlover's Guide to Pern shares several different Pernese recipes adapted for Earthling's use -- including klah and Piemur's favorite at a Gather, Bubbly Berry Pies. Fans of the series have created their own versions of klah, too, which usually involve some combination of coffee, chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar to taste.

Gagh

Who hasn't wanted to try gagh? (OK, I'm betting a lot of people are wary of it.) This Klingon delicacy, as Kira Nerys and Ezri Dax make clear in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, comes in many varieties. But GWCer lazysmurf's version is the most easily accessible here. Who knew that Klingons liked beets?

Spoo

Unfortunately for those of us who want to figure out how large a piece of flarn is appropriate to leave at Valen's place at the table, the awesome recipe tome Dining on Babylon 5 is difficult to come by. Luckily, spoo recipes aren't. Try this one.

Wife Soup

Onboard the Serenity, excellent moments of camaraderie and friendship are shared around meals. Food takes center stage in one of my personal favorite Firefly episodes, "Our Mrs. Reynolds," in which Saffron (aka Yo-Saff-Bridg) tries to seduce Mal through cookery. In a different episode, Zoe makes a dish that Wash aptly calls "wife soup." Here's a recipe.

Potter Sweets

More of a fantasy than sci-fi fan? Since Rowling set the Harry Potter universe in England, much of the food we see is plain old British fare -- besides the ubiquitous Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans. But a quick look turns up many recipes for sweets with which to please a witch or wizard's palate.

Do you have a favorite science fiction or fantasy adaptation recipe? What would you like to try?

7 Responses to "Food Straight Out Of The Future (Or Alternate Past)"
  1. Tanu says:

    Buwhahahaha!! This is awesome!! I would make gagh as long as i didn’t have to look at it while eating it.

  2. Rachel says:

    Ooh! Some of those recipes look really yummy! Now I really want some butterbeer!

  3. Cressy says:

    Thanks for the recipes! I’ve jogged down wife soup and Gagh to try in the near future. This adds a whole new level to the fun of cooking, heh.

  4. Keara says:

    Loved this blog post, Cas! Might have to try that butterbeer recipe!

  5. Fenatic says:

    “Spoo is/are (the plural of spoo is spoo) small, white, pasty, mealy critters, rather worm-like, and generally regarded as the ugliest animals in the known galaxy by just about every sentient species capable of starflight, with the possible exception of the pak’ma’ra, who would simply recommend a more rigorous program of exercise. They are also generally considered the most delicious food in all of known space, regardless of the individual’s biology, almost regardless of species, except for the pak’ma’ra, who like the flavor but generally won’t say so simply to be contrary.

    Spoo are raised on ranches on worlds with a damp, moist, somewhat chilly climate so that their skin can acquire just the right shade of paleness. Spoo travel in herds, if moving a total of six inches in any given direction in the course of a given year can actually be considered moving. They stay in herds ostensibly for mutual protection, but the reality is that if they weren’t propped up against one another, most of them would simply fall down. They do not howl, bark, moo, purr, yap, squeak or speak. Mainly, they sigh. Herds of sighing spoo can reportedly induce unparalleled bouts of depression, which is why most spoo ranchers wear earmuffs even when it’s only mildly cold, damp, wet and dreary outside. If there is any life-or-death struggle for dominance within the spoo herd, it has not yet been detected by modern science.

    Spoo ranching is one of the least regarded professions known. Little or no skill is required, once you’ve got a planet with the right climate. You bring in two hundred spoo, plop them down in the middle of your ranch, and go back to the nearby house. Soon you’ve got more. When it comes time to cull out the ones ready for market (the softest, mealiest, palest, most forlorn-looking spoo of the pack), little physical effort is required since they’re incapable of rapid movement without falling over (see above). They do not resist, fight, or whine; they only sigh more loudly. When spoo harvest time comes, the air is full of the sound of whacking and sighing, whacking and sighing. Even an experienced spoo rancher can only harvest for brief periods of a time, due to the increased volume of sighing, which even the sound of whacking cannot altogether erase. (also see above) Some have simply gone mad.

    Spoo are the only creatures of which the Interstellar Animal Rights Protection League says, simply, “Kill ’em.”

    Fresh spoo (served at an optimum temperature of 62-degrees) is served in cubed sections, so that they bear as little resemblence as possible to the animal from which they have just been sliced. Spoo is usually served alongside a chablis, or a white zinfandel.

    Further information on the care, feeding, eating and whacking of spoo can be found in the second edition of the Interstellar Guide to Fine Dining.”
    -from The Lurkers Guide to Babylon 5

  6. Casilda says:

    spoo ranching… it just sounds wrong!

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