Treksgiving: Today is a Good Day to Gobble!

Peldor joi. Gene Roddenberry’s vision has always celebrated different cultures coming together and working for a better future. Although Thanksgiving is primarily celebrated in Canada (October) and the United States (November), the spirit of giving thanks is one that fits well with the entire “Star Trek” community.

We’ve received many holidays and traditions from alien cultures across the universe like the Bajoran Gratitude Festival or Klingon Day of Honor. During the Day of Honor, Klingon warriors reflect on their deeds of the past year and evaluate whether they have been honorable. The Day of Honor festivities include a glorious meal including the heart of targ and drinking mot’loch from the Grail of Kahless. While the heart of a sancified targ is the signature item of the Day of Honor ceremony, the much-anticipated customary dish is Rokeg blood pie. For humans wishing to include some Klingon flavor to their Thanksgiving feast, we have included a recipe for Rokeg blood pie (slightly modified for the human palate):

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup warm water

2 garlic cloves, minced
1 small onion, minced
1/2 pound ground lamb
1/2 lb. blood sausage
Spices to taste (I used 1 tsp. Aleppo Pepper, and 1 tsp. cumin)
several cups vegetable oil for frying

Divide the dough in half, rolling each half into a foot long rope. Cut the ropes into 5 to 6 pieces. On a floured surface, roll each piece of dough into a thin circle about 5-7 inches across. Spoon about 3 to 4 tablespoons, spreading it out while leaving 1/2 inch uncovered around the edge. Crimp the edges together. Tuck the first inch of the dow near the fold under the meat pie. Fold the edges over the top, overlapping as you go. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling. Heat about 2 inches of oil at medium to low heat to 350 degrees in a deep fry ppot. Fry several pies at a time until golden and the meat is just cooked though, which should take about 5 minutes. Serve warm. This recipe makes about 10 to 12 small meat pies.

Klingon TurkeysTo enjoy a traditional Klingon beverage with your holiday meal, we are also including the popular recipe for Klingon bloodwine.

1 oz Jose Cuervo® Especial gold tequila
1 oz Captain Morgan® Original spiced rum
1 dash grenadine syrup
2 dashes Tabasco® sauce
cranberry juice

Add the Tabasco sauce to your mug, then pour in the tequila, rum, and grenadine and fill with crandberry juice. Shake then serve.

After 46 years, Trek fans have much to give thanks about. In addition to being thankful for friends and family, we can also give thanks that BBC America will once again broadcast its annual Treksgiving marathon. In honor of the 25th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation, this year’s marathon will feature all 14 episodes from Season 7 of the celebrated series. The broadcast schedule begins November 22 at 12pm EST (check your local listings). For a full episode listing visit Trek Radio’s article on Airlock Alpha).

Likewise, Trek fans can begin counting down the last six months until the release of the next film, Star Trek Into Darkness; in theatres May 17, 2013. Can’t wait that long? On December 14, moviegoers at nearly 500 digital IMAX 3D theaters across the globe get to see not just a trailer, but an extended “first look” preview from Paramount Pictures. The sneak peek will include the first nine minutes of the upcoming movie.

Last, but certainly not least, we celebrate “The Trek Life” from illustrator and cartoonist David Reddick. This comic strip ran three times a week from 2005 until 2007 for CBS Studios on and continued its mission in Star Trek Magazine. He is also the creator of “Legend of Bill,” Gene’s Journal and Rod & Barry at Roddenberry Entertainment. This panel is as appropriate now as it was in 2009.

Today and every day, we wish you a “Happy Treksgiving”!

The Trek Life

by Risa Suraya