Sunday, February 5, 2012

Prison cookbook

Spinach and rice
Food Diary (February 04, 2012)
Breakfast: Rolled oats with banana, coconut, sunflower seeds and flax seeds
Lunch: Lentil soup and bread
Dinner: Spinach and rice, green peas, salad
Baking/sweets:  Chocolates

I like my coffee without milk and sugar, just water. During exams at university I ate coffee beans because coffee was not allowed. Anyway, I just made an interesting discovery, red wine in coffee is pretty good, like a modified version of Irish coffee. So in case you are looking for an alternative to milk, try red wine. It will help kick start your day. And if you need a bigger boost in the morning, try putting coffee into red wine instead. 

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Source: Bite my Cake
Pear almond clafoutis


Today’s Favourite Blog
An unusual cookbook titled "From The Big House to Your House" featuring a collection of 200 recipes by six Texas prison inmates is being released. This is perhaps one of the more unusual cookbooks. The ‘chefs’ are all serving at least a 50 years prison sentence, all but one of them for murder

Apparently cooking behind bars is quite common. Former Texas corrections officer Jim Willett remembers his days working in a men's unit, walking through a cell block and getting whiffs of simmering foods.


The only source of heat for cooking is a quart-size electric warming pot. Prisoners have to get creative, using a plastic ID card for cutting or chopping and empty potato chip bags for cooking. Metal plates are made into skillets that get heated in toilets filled with burning toilet paper. Tooth paste tubes are converted into spoons and fruit made into prison "wine."

Ingredients are limited mostly to what can be purchased from the prison commissary. No real milk is available, only powdered. And no garlic, they squeeze that from garlic vitamin tablets.

Martha Steward was a bit lucky. She had a microwave while locked up a few years ago for obstruction of justice and lying to the government.

The authors of this cookbook  are donating all proceeds from the sale since they are prohibited from profiting from a business while behind bars.


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22 comments:

  1. I heard about that cookbook on the news. There is apparently a recipe for tuna nachos - since they can get canned tuna, canned cheese, and chips. It doesn't sound bad to me, but I am pregnant so many strange things don't sound bad to me.

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    1. Congrats on the new baby, Angela! Who knows you may start chewing on coffee beans :D

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    2. Tuna nachos sound pretty good actually. Canned tuna is delicious.
      I just hope your cravings don't reach a stage where you start enjoying coffee beans

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  2. Ahh eating coffee beans instead of drinking coffee during exams is interesting. They didn't mind snacks being brought in?

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    1. Interesting for sure, it has nice crunch and woodiness:) I kept it in my pocket, no one noticed and I think no one would object anyway

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  3. I like the alternative ... putting coffee into red wine.
    I'm always game to try out new cookbooks but I doubt I'd start trying to cook over a toilet bowl.

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    1. Me too, perhaps best reserved only for some mornings:)
      I understand hesitation re cooking over toilet bowl, some guests may be less enthusiastic about eating it too!

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  4. That's a very interesting sounding cookbook. I can't believe the shocking conditions they had available to them while trying to cook. Good on them for trying to do something to change and improve their lives.

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    1. Amazing, how they are able to improvise.

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  5. Oh, I want to try that gorgeous clafoutis! Not so sure I need the prison cookbook...my shelves are already overflowing~

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    1. I understand, and I suppose that cookbook is geared towards special circumstances/conditions. I can imagine it being of great value to those living in boarding schools etc.

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  6. You can be sure I will test your coffee tip! First I will try having coffee with wine, then, if it proves satisfactory I will reverse the proportions! It sounds like an excellent idea.
    I have never tried chewing coffee beans!
    I don't know what to think about the jail cookery book. If the money from sales is donated, then it's a good thing. I would like to have a chance to leaf through it. It must be very interesting.

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    1. I know you will try coffee + red wine:)
      I've seen chocolate coated coffee beans. I don't think I have tried it, does not sound too interesting.
      I am curious about this cookbook also, what kinds of recipes and cooking techniques it contains. Unfortunately I couldn't find any excerpts or previews on the internet.

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  7. definitely an interesting article! i loved the garlic pill part... now that i think about it, it really is just garlic powder in a way.

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    1. I haven't come across garlic pill, probably powdered garlic with other things

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  8. Interesting. I was thinking prisoners wrote the cookbook when I read the title of your post.

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  9. "putting coffee into red wine instead"...I like that.

    Interesting cookbook indeed, not sure I want to have it for my collection but would love to peruse it once.

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    1. It would be interesting to peruse for sure, I guess it would be quite different from other books

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  10. I am curious about coffee + wine too. Will have to check it out myself! I'm curious who would buy this cookbook. I'm "curious" what they cooked but it's not from "good" cook, then do we trust the recipe, or we just "read" for fun...

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    1. Coffee and wine - there is only one way to find out:)
      Maybe people will buy out of curiosity and to support charity. Maybe they are good cooks working with limited ingredients and equipment, maybe!

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  11. "And if you need a bigger boost..." <- LOL! Love the idea ofthe cookbook - it would be so interesting to read but might be a little impractical if they are squeezing garlic oil out of capsules - will those be the type of ingredients?

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