Cooking chicken and rice in space is always fun to see

Every variation of chicken and rice is great so even though this space version of tumeric chicken and whole red rice looks like the least chicken and rice-y dish ever (for obvious utilitarian reasons), I would totally give it a bite or five. The key to cooking in space (if this can be considered cooking) is making sure all that goop sticks to the tortilla.

Oh and make sure it doesn’t float away. The ESA writes:

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is currently living on board the International Space Station for her long duration mission Futura. Food is an important item in space, also on the psychological side; that’s why astronauts are allowed a certain quantity of the so-called “bonus food” of their choice that reminds them of their home cooking tastes. We asked Samantha to show us how she manages to cook one of her bonus food recipes in microgravity: whole red rice with peas and chicken turmeric.

Here’s how they make it on land:

And another recipe (mackerel, quinoa and leek cream tortilla):


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Not just because I am half Italian (yeah, well maybe..) but I get such a kick out of watching her videos. Whether it is in her Star Trek uniform, making espresso or humming away while she is spreading gobs of this and that to make her Turmeric Chicken Tortilla, she has been a blast as an educator. Also, she really rocks that no-gravity-punker haircut. She looks like a little Paisan Parakeet!