I suppose I’m not the typical person you would think of when it comes to being a massive Trekkie (apparently baking nerdiness and being a massive science fiction fan are a bit mutually exclusive) – but I saw my first episode of The Next Generation when I was about four years old. The character of Q really intrigued me (my uncle had a hard time explaining the concept of an omnipotent alien to me) and I just loved the idea of a universe full of aliens with different viewpoints and experiences. I was rather obsessed for the majority of my childhood! So when the new JJ Abrams re-boot was launched, I was fairly excited.
Luckily, this movie was made for people like me – people who have loved Star Trek for yours and followed it devotedly. While the first Abrams movie contained a few references for long-time fans, this movie contains quite a few references to past Trek characters and plotlines. While it certainly made it more interesting for people like me, I think the movie can be enjoyed on the simple level of an action movie, without any of the connections that I delighted in.
The plot is fairly simple: Enterprise captain, the human James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and half human, half Vulcan Mr Spock (Zachary Quinto) set out to hunt down terrorist John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) – who has committed a terrorist attack in London – (non Londoners out there might not be aware of the frequency in which London is destroyed in action movies – almost as if American filmmakers consider that they want to blow up somewhere recognisable – and preferably English speaking – but not anywhere in America. Thus London is the destination of choice). Their trek takes them to the Klingon homeworld (identified here as Kronos) and action ensues. I’d say that this is a must-see for Trekkies (or science-fiction fans), but that even if you’re not a strong fan of the United Federation of Planets, it’s still enjoyable as an action movie.
As all Trek fans know, the home of Starfleet (the exploratory force that Kirk and Spock and their crew serve in) is San Francisco, so I was determined to make an authentic San Francisco treat – to me, there’s nothing more San Fransico than Ghirardelli. As a result, I thought a Ghirardelli chocolate recipe would be ideal!
Chocolate Truffle Cookies with Sea Salt (from Ghiradelli)
1 1/2 cup semi-sweet dark chocolate
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup plain flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup chocolate chips
Sift in dry ingredients and mix in chocolate chips.
Scoop cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet and sprinkle with sea salt.
Star Trek Into Darkness is in theatres now…