Star Trek Cookbook

By Ethan Phillips and William J. Birnes

Jennifer's Good-Karma Lemon Lentil Soup

The trick is to learn how to eat in such a way that your karma goes up while your hunger goes down. One way is to eat only veggies, so that nothing dies because of you. Here's a Middle Eastern soup I make that is guaranteed to give you a karma boost with every spoonful.

1 cup lentils
6 cups water
1 medium white potato, peeled and cut into small cubes
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped Swiss chard
3 tablespoons olive oil
cup chopped parsley
teaspoon black pepper
teaspoon cumin powder or 1 pinch whole cumin seeds
cup lemon juice
kosher or sea salt to taste

After rinsing the lentils, bring the 6 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. Add the rinsed lentils and cook for 45 minutes or until they're very tender. In a skillet, fry the potatoes in the olive oil, sprinkle with the pepper, for 10 minutes; then add celery and fry for another minute or 2. Add this to the lentils and cook for 15 minutes. Next add the Swiss chard, parsley, and cumin, and cook for another 15 minutes. Next add the lemon juice and salt to taste, and then serve. Serves four to six.

Jennifer Lien's Potato Salad

My character, Kes, grew potatoes in her garden, but I also enjoy them in real life. My favorite is a red potato salad/egg salad combination that's light on mayonnaise but spiced with dill pickles and mustard. It's fresh and tastes like summer.

3 pounds red potatoes, boiled with their skins on and cubed
8 medium or large hard-boiled eggs
4 stalks celery, thinly sliced
1 large Bermuda onion, diced
2 dill pickles, as fresh as they come, chopped
1 cucumber, cubed
1 cup mayonnaise or light mayonnaise
1 tablespoons Dijon or Polish mustard
cup pickle juice
teaspoon dried dill
paprika to taste

In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, mustard, pickle juice, dill, and four diced boiled eggs. Refrigerate for 2 hours. In a separate bowl, combine cubed potatoes, two chopped eggs, thinly sliced celery, diced onion, chopped pickle, and cubed cucumber. Pour mayonnaise mixture over potato combination and toss well. Slice the remaining eggs and arrange the slices across the top. Sprinkle with paprika to taste and for color, and serve. Serves six.

Text from Star Trek Cookbook - Pages 38-39
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