i'll go ahead and say it: Deep Space Nine is probably the best Star Trek series. so, when it came time to watch the finale - again, after it originally aired - we couldn't just watch it, it had to be a little special.

+nate beach, Rhett, and i decided an appropriate way to enjoy the show is with food! DS9 seemed to feature a lot of food for Star Trek, with a captain that loved cooking and many character scenes taking place in the replimat or Quark's.

it wasn't hard to decide on the meal: shrimp Creole and root beer. a Sisko family specialty and a hu-mon beverage unsettlingly similar to the Federation. the root beer is, of course, Virgil's, since you might as well have the best in the galaxy. the shrimp Creole, however, needed some quick fixin' since this wild part of space leaves little time for cooking. in great Starfleet tradition, i improvised:

Captain Sisko's Field-Expedient Shrimp Creole

.5kg shrimp, peeled and deveined (approximately 1lbs, in archaic Earth units)
1/2 stick butter
olive oil (about 3Tbsp?)
flour (about 1/2Tbsp?)
1/2 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, diced
5 dry red chiles
3 bell peppers, any color, diced
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 230mL (8oz) can tomato sauce
1 450mL (15oz) can diced tomatoes
Worcestershire sauce (about 2tsp?)
hot sauce (Pepper Plant beefs up the richness, about 1Tbsp?)
Creole seasoning (about 1/2Tbsp?)
chili powder (about 3tsp?)
brown sugar (about 1Tbsp?)
salt & pepper

1. mix the oil, butter, and flour over medium-high heat until slightly golden.
2. stir in the onion, garlic, and chiles and stir until the onion is soft (long enough for Odo to start complaining about something).
3. add the bell pepper and celery and stir frequently until they are hot (long enough for Weyoun to go from "accommodating diplomacy" to "cold, thinly-veiled menace").
4. add all the rest of the ingredients, except the shrimp: tomatoes with juice, tomato sauce, Worcestershire, hot sauce, Creole seasoning, chili powder, sugar, salt, and pepper. add a splash or two of water so the ingredients are mostly submerged. go slowly, taste occasionally, and adjust - a tricorder can't taste it for you.
5. turn the heat down and simmer partially covered, stirring occasionally, for one hour (long enough for Dax and O'Brien to track down a pesky phase variance in a docking ring EPS relay).
6. stir in the shrimp and simmer uncovered for 5-10 minutes, depending on the size of the shrimp.
7. serve over hot white rice. serves four Humans or two Klingons, and no Jem'Hadar.

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Shrimp Creole and Deep Space Nine
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