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3 protein cubes on a black plate, served with two condiments in pipettes

Three protein cubes, served with pipettes of condiments

In my ongoing search for sci-fi food that’s not just Gagh or Solyent Green, my mind often returns to the sci-fi staple of protein or nutrient blocks.  I know we can buy a ‘meal in a can’ and energy bars, etc. but they’re all a little too appetizing for me!  Instead, I’ve made some miniature, individual tuna loaves, with coloring.

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A plate of fried seitan with onion

Seitan (gluten) fried with onions

Again, I’m looking into sci-fi food – space food, cyberpunk food, weird food and unusual food.  Last night’s obsession was seitan – wheat gluten from flour.  Recipe and waffle below.

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Phytocycle SD or 'Salad Machine'

The microgravity-suited Phytocycle SD salad growing machine.

I’ll cut straight to the chase – the Hawaii Space Exploration Analogue & Simulation (or HI-SEAS) experiment intends to put 10 scientists and engineers in a space-style pod for 4 months, and see what recipes they create with limited (non-perishable) ingredients, to inform future Mars missions.  That’s just cool.

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Pere Tubert Juhé's flask photograph from Flickr

Pere Tubert Juhé's photograph of flasks - no Erlenmeyer flasks were harmed in the making of this drink.

In the past, I’ve often been a bit critical of the ‘juice content’ of various drinks on the market – I got annoyed when my favorite lemonade brand decided to go ‘sugar lite!’ and remove a hefty amount of the lemon juice in the process – because some people are unwilling to limit their consumption (and leaving me with a watery disappointment).  It sounds good, too, to be able to claim that such and such a drink has more ‘real fruit juice’ than the other brand – even if it turns out to be padded out with grape and apple juice.

So, it would seem peculiar that my latest amusement is making lemonade without the lemons.  Not a milliliter, nor fraction of a fluid ounce of real fruit goes into this – I should hate it for the abomination that it is.  Instead, however, I’m enjoying drinking a ‘Science Drink’ that consists of only three ingredients – and one of them is water.

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Mauro Colagreco, Bob Noto photography

Not pureed asteroid parasite - sea urchin with saffron, coriander and parsley foam.

Sometimes I hanker for sci-fi food – which, I admit, doesn’t make any kind of sense.  I want something so strange, peculiar and out there, that it just couldn’t come from our planet or time!  However, searching for sci-fi food will get you half a million results for gagh, scores of cocktail recipes for pan galactic gargle blasters, and a handful of very well thought out methods for making problematic ice planet desserts.  All well and good – but not alien enough for me – I don’t want the food of an existing franchise, but something odd in and of itself.

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How excited am I allowed to be about this, without getting sectioned?  Ah, who cares.  The video above shows the operation of a computer controlled bioreactor and integrated vending machine for spirulina – a form of blue-green algae and all round science celebrity!

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Mini Chicken Pakora Plate, Bitesize and Delicious

Mini Chicken Pakora Plate, Bitesize and Delicious

Being a fan of British-Indian restaurant food, I cling like a limpet to the utterly essential book, The Curry Secret.  While it gets me 99% of the recipes I want, a notable exception is Chicken Pakoras.  These chunks of juicy, tender, gently spiced breast meat, wrapped in golden, fluffy, beautifully seasoned batter, are one of my favorite occasional treats when we head to our local curry house.  Read on for my successful jazz-cooking recipe, and a 3d photograph of the food itself!

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