Spicy Ramen Rice Casserole Analysis

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Sitting around the hardwood table in the dormitory, we constructed together a meal that we felt embodied the term “comfort food” for all of us. This recipe, called Spicy Ramen Rice Casserole, held the desirable characteristics we sought after such as: spiciness, home-style flavor, and warmth. Most of the ingredients for this recipe came from Jewel grocery stores and ranged in price from $2.79 for both the beef ramen and the cheesy rice to the pre-cooked meat at $3.99. The jalapeños and hot sauce were both “purchased” from a group member 's home, in the same way food items are exchanged between inmates. Using these ingredients, we followed the recipe as called for and were thoroughly surprised with the overall normalcy and appeal of the food …show more content…
As a result, we settled for the beef flavor because we thought it might be most adequate for our recipe. While crushing the dehydrate ramen, we all talked about our majors and got to know one another. In a sense, we broke bread and chatted as many prisoners do over their spreads. Once the ramen was thoroughly crumbled, we combined it with boiling water and let it steep. We then began the second half of the recipe in which we combined the seasoning packets, hot sauce, jalapeños, and beef into one bowl. As we cut the jalapeños on top of one of our empty ramen bags with the blunt end of a plastic spoon, we discussed how actual inmates have to also improvise with their utensils when preparing their spreads. This helped us better understand the struggles that can arise when making a spread. We also fell into a similar …show more content…
After the first bite, we realized the spread tasted as good as it looked, and was definitely comforting to eat. As we ate our food, we talked and laughed about our jobs, family, and school, much like the inmates described in Sandra Cate’s article. We felt influenced by her way of writing as we created our spread; we had all contributed equal parts, effort, and ingredients into the meal, much like what is expected out of any inmate eating or joining in a spread in prison. Eating this particular spread made us think about finding comfort in a difficult time, much like Alvarez had in his written story, Black and Brown Get Down!. In his story, he spoke about seeing and being in a riot between the Black and Hispanic inmates in the prison yard. He described his thoughts as the riot increased in hostility with rubber bullets, knife fighting, and tear gas, instead of panicking he stayed on the ground thinking only about his new spread,Spicy Ramen Rice Casserole. This backstory affected our choice, because not only did we find it interesting but we related to it on a personal level as we all have our own comforts that we seek unusual and distressing

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