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Monday, plomeek; Tuesday, plomeek...and on the Sabbath a plomeek kugel!

This fanficrants discussion of how there's got to be more to Vulcan cuisine than plomeek soup offers suggestions and links that might be of interest to this community: http://fanficrants.livejournal.com/10830817.html

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And, if you want to invent some Vulcan food, here are some examples of Vulcan plant life, according to stogeek.com.
Thank you for that useful fannish reference; since the glossary lists "plom" as a blanket tern for vegetables in general, that strongly implies that plomeek soup is simply a non-specific vegetable soup ("Ummm---what kind of plant does minestrone grow on?")
Just writing in to say that this Yiddish speaker absolutely adores this post title (though you've totally given me an earworm). I would so cook a plomeek kugel, given half a chance.
Strange to relate, I'm a Gentile; this is the sort of thing I've picked up from listening to Sound and Spirit (under the aegis of Ellen Kushner) and keeping company with the likes of rosehiptea and dungeonwriter--the latter and I once got into a discussion of what animal species in Avatar: The Last Airbender would be kosher.
And, having obtained Dungeonwriter's permission to quote the (friendslocked) discussion:

FULL METAL OX:....imagine the bureaucratic headache of submitting the various game species available in the Avatarverse for kashruth approval.

(We are, after all, talking a universe in which an animal can conceivably split the hoof, chew the cud, *and* have fins and scales.)

DUNGEONWRITER: Maybe that would just make them doubly kosher?

FULL METAL OX: The above case, however, was hypothetical, since I can't think of a specific canon example; consulting Avatar Wiki, the following canonical species would seem to pass muster:

Koi (ordinary; koi is a domestic variety of carp, a kosher species.)
Elephant Koi (the name refers to the fish's gigantic size rather than any chimerical component.)
Buffalo-Yak (both component species have horns, split the hoof and chew the cud.)
Bull Antelope (ditto.)
Turkey Duck (again, a chimera of two kosher poultry species. Plain old duck is also available; you'll recall that Iroh and Zuko were served duck at Song's house.)

The Cow-Hippo, although it has horns and hooves, is disqualified because of its diet ("Even the meat eats meat here!")

Bison milk, even should the Gaang happen upon some feral sky-bison cows to fix up with Appa, is off-limits; close observation will reveal that Appa has paws, not hooves.

The Komodo Chicken that Zuko brought Iroh in prison remains open to interpretation; it might be either the fanciful name of a (mundane) chicken dish or a Komodo Dragon/chicken chimera.

DUNGEONWRITER: The cow-hippo would definitely be unkosher, because we only eat herbiverous animals, and so are the pig-cows seen in Zuko Alone? (And the pork sheep, and the pork geese, geez Mike and Bryan, give a Jewish girl a break)

Aang would be happy to know Aapa is off limits to eating, and we have no idea about the milk, if it even produces it.

But you've proven that if I ever get sucked into the Avatar world, I wouldn't starve.




Edited at 2012-01-19 11:39 pm (UTC)
Don't forget the wonderful Airbenders who are all vegetarian. Provided I stayed at temple, my family would do fine. Egg custard is eminently kosher!

I wonder if fire flakes are kosher. They sound tasty.

Sadly, no WT food will do unless it's seaweed or most fish. We don't do blubber from seals, penguins or walruses.
A lot depends on what you assume fireflakes to be made from--pork rinds would, of course, be a dealbreaker, but ivy_chan's Chex Mix-esque interpretation, given the right choice of Worcester sauce, could work for you: http://fan-foods.livejournal.com/1558.html

As for seaweed, make sure it's been thoroughly cleaned before preparation--my personal experience is that one specific variety can include tiny snail shells caught in the tangles. (Dulse is the chief offender here--which is unfortunate, since being red and salty, it's a useful vegan stand-in for bacon. I just brush the snails off before use, but that might not be good enough for the rabbinical Powers That Be.)
So I'll remain at the Temples. The tiny snails would be a major problem, hehe.
Water Tribe-harvested seaweed is quite likely to have been scoured clean of impurities (with a rigorous application of Waterbending), though.

(Note that as far as the U.S. goes, I've never known nori--the crackly green wrapping for sushi rolls--wakame, hijiki, or kombu of Japanese or Korean origin to pose this problem.)
I think the person who recommended considering Indian cuisine had a really good idea. The variety of techniques, ingredients, and resulting dishes that are vegetarian or even vegan is absolutely astonishing.

Also, wrt the "what IS plomeek" question, I remember reading in a tie in novel how a character became a plomeek farmer.
I think the person who recommended considering Indian cuisine had a really good idea. The variety of techniques, ingredients, and resulting dishes that are vegetarian or even vegan is absolutely astonishing.

What better model, given that India is a hot country (some of whose regions and seasons are arid) and the birthplace of two major religious traditions of vegetarianism?