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Cooking with Neelix: Not for the (Plo)meek

by Neelix, Saucier

29th December 2020

"I tried following the recipe in the computer's databank but it seemed so bland, so I took the liberty of spicing it up a bit. Call it plomeek soup a la Neelix."

- Neelix, "Faces" Star Trek: Voyager

Neelix, Culinary Usurper

Hello, friends. It's me, Neelix, again. And do I have a new file for you to enjoy! I assume everyone knows the famous captain of the Titan, but did you know that as an ensign he once protected his own captain from mutiny? Nevermind the fact that he probably shouldn't. Seriously, that's neither here nor there. He did. And that's where our story picks up. Years later. He's serving as the first officer of the Enterprise and that previous captain comes on board and makes him relive the regret he always felt leaving his fellow crewmembers to die. Just horrible regret. So, our intrepid hero does what any of us would do in that situation: he locks himself in the holodeck to run a program from over 200 years prior that has a superficial lesson about sacrificing for the greater good. Some say that he made that crew's struggle all about himself, but I disagree. And I hear he even had time to keep leaving the holodeck to give updates to his wife, who was the ships counselor. Or maybe she was his fiancé at the time. The files are unclear. But what is clear is that William T. Riker is a hero to two crews.

William T. Riker, Stirring Confidant

I have no doubt in my mind that Riker would have fit in with the original Enterprise (NX-01) crew as well. He's cultured and charismatic enough to be useful outside the galley, say, on Andoria, Risa, or any old mission to Defend an Evolutionary Link or something. And he brings all the lessons from the past right back to his crew on the Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) as well, including the culinary practice the program entailed. I hear Riker was a celebrated Chef even before running this program, making breakfast for his crewmates, even more than once. Unfortunately, I don't seem to have that file at my fingertips right now, but I'll try to make it available to you in the coming days. My apologies.

But as before, while I love to elucidate to you on the minutiae of the past in the files I've dug up from the project code named "Shore Leave," what really gets my heart racing is seeing the references to food. I don't mean to brag, but I make a celebrated version of plomeek soup myself. My Vulcan best friend loves when I express my own culture by touching on his own. As a result, I give you Plomeek Soup a la Neelix. I mean, if you absolutely must have a more traditional variation, you could just heat up the vegetable juice, but really, I think you'll find my version adds a little something that was missing.

Oh, quick note. Don't actually serve this to Vulcans if you include the chicken. They're vegetarians and really don't like it.

Ingredients:

Directions:

Sauté chicken in oil over medium-high heat. Add water and seasoning; stir and simmer to coat. Add to crockpot with remaining ingredients and cook on low for 4 hours. Optionally garnish with shredded cheese, sour cream, or tortilla strips.

 

Real Author's Note: I assume the original series plomeek soup had the equivolent of more eggplant in it or something as it had a purple hue when Spock smashed it against the wall in "Amok Time." (I understand that in some scenes after that, the purple spot can still be seen staining the wall.) Neelix's looked more like tomato soup and other iterations looked like chicken soup broth. This just happens to be a recipe I got from a cousin after finding the soup delicious. I made it for a yearly potluck at one job, every time after the first by request.

 

Next time on Cooking with Neelix: I hope you're not filled up yet. That was just the appetizer. But before the main course, let's discuss sides.


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