Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Prison Cuisine

I visited a friend in prison over the weekend. I don't want to dwell on why he's there, how long he's been there, how long he going to be there, blah, blah, blah... but know that he's doing REALLY well. He's using the time to better himself. And I'm very proud of him for that.

My reason for this blog is to share with you something interesting I learned from my friend. Actually, more like AMAZING. I couldn't hear enough. I found it totally impressive.

Prison Cuisine.

First, I want to mention, there IS in fact a cafeteria at the prison. But for reasons I'd just as soon not have to relive by typing them for all to see, my friend (and many others) choose NOT to eat there. Instead, they purchase items from a predetermined list of appropriate items that are delivered directly to their cells.

According to my friend, there is no cookbook. But let me tell you, my friends, there should be! The inmates have what they call a 'slam'. That's when they all bring something from their 'pantry' to the table. Everything becomes an ingredient for something better. And you'd be amazed at what they can do...with Raman Noodles and a microwave!

Apparently Raman Noodles are a staple item in their kitchen. They are the primary ingredient when making pizza crust. Who would have thought?! The inmates also make various soups, apple pies, and caramel popcorn... among other things. They even use the packaging for these items as cooking utensils.

Needless to say, there are a select few that are considerably more talented in the role of chef. But the fact that they all work together to develop these unique and tasty concoctions, I think it's just amazing.
I still think someone should take the time to write down these recipes.
PS - I have a picture of me with my friend, but I haven't scanned it in yet. As soon as I do, I'll post it.


TuTu's Bliss said...

hmmm how funny that inmates and broke college students are both reinventing the ramen noodle. HUGS

Lauren said...

that's funny stuff.

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