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Film Released: 1986
Genre: Adventure / Comedy / Mystery / Sci-Fi
Directed by: Leonard Nimoy
Cast/Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, James Doohan, Catherine Hicks, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols


As the title suggests, this is the 4th in the series of the original Star Trek films. Having rescued Spock from the Genesis planet and taken him back to Vulcan to recover , Kirk and his cohorts are heading back to earth in a Klingon war ship to face federation charges. They arrive to find an alien space probe threatening Earth’s existence by evaporating all the oceans. He and his limited crew made up of Spock (Leonard Nimoy) Bones (DeForest Kelley) Sulu (George Takei), Scotty (James Doohan) Chekov (Walter Koenig) and Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) discover the sound the probe is making is the call of humpback whales which by the 23rd Century, have been hunted to extinction.

In an attempt to save the world, they travel back in time to the 20th century in an effort to locate a whale, and bring it back to the 23rd century so it can reply to the probe. Spock makes his calculations for a solar sling shot and they find themselves back on earth in 1986 San Francisco where Uhura soon picks up whale song on her earphones, so they cloak the ship and head down to the surface to pinpoint the whale, “beam it up” and return with it to save the Earth of the 23rd Century.

They eventually find the exact location of the whale, actually two whales (George & Gracie), at the Maritime Cetacean Institute, under the watchful eye of Dr. Gillian Taylor, played by Catherine Hicks and can’t believe their luck to have two whales in captivity.


Of course, as usual, things don’t run smoothly from not having “money” to get to the institute to Chekov being seriously injured and left in the hands of 20th Century, or as Bones would put it “dark age” doctors, much of which is tongue in cheek and very funny.


Needless to say, once they’ve got Dr. Taylor on board, they beam up the whales and head back to their time and, indeed, save the Earth from certain destruction.

The food aspect comes when Captain Kirk invites Dr. Taylor to dinner so he can find out more about the whales and prove that he’s not a weirdo. In the restaurant the waiter comes to the table to take their order:-

Dr. Taylor:    Do you trust me?
Kirk:    Implicitly.
Dr. Taylor :    Good. (to Waiter) A large mushroom and pepperoni with extra onions. And a Michelob.
Waiter:    And you, sir? (to Kirk)
Kirk:    Make it two.

Here’s our version of this delicious pizza.

Happy Cooking!




Mushroom and Pepperoni Pizza (with extra onions)  HT MC Italian 25mins

Serves 4    
Hot Pork Vegetables Herbs Main Course Italy Europe

1 tbsp Olive Oil
1 large Onion, thinly sliced
50g/2oz Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
50g/2oz Cheddar Cheese, grated
1 tbsp Freshly grated Parmesan
180ml/6fl.oz. Tomato Pizza Sauce
1 teasp Freshly chopped Oregano
2 x 20cm/8-inch Pizza Crusts, ready made or home made
75g/3oz Mushrooms, thinly sliced
50g/2oz Sliced Pepperoni

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1. Preheat the oven to 220C, 425F, Gas Mark 7. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, add the onions and sauté until golden brown. Remove from the pan with tongs and drain on kitchen paper. Alternatively, microwave with a little water for 2 minutes and drain well. Set aside.

2. Place all the cheeses in a large mixing bowl and lightly toss to mix them up. Set aside.

3. Spread the pizza sauce evenly over the crusts, distribute the onions evenly over the top, sprinkle with the herbs then sprinkle evenly with the cheese mixture.

4. Divide the sliced mushrooms and pepperoni evenly between the pizzas and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden and crispy. Serve hot.



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