Prison Pete

Sunday, April 30, 2006
  Easter Pizza.
After being Spammed for Thanksgiving, I knew better than to expect anything resembling a holiday meal from the chow hall today. I had been planning my first attempt at English muffin pizza.

As you will notice from my last shopping list, I can buy English muffins for $1.00, and eight ounces of shredded mozzarella cheese. I used a can of the diced tomatoes I received in my Care package from Mom and Dad and a can of mushrooms from the commissary and heated that mixture up in the microwave.

I toasted up two English muffins. I have two 20-ounce round microwave bowls and I put two halves in each bowl. I then piled on the tomato and mushroom mix, topped each one off with some shredded mozzarella.

For the piece de resistance I had a can of rolled anchovies with capers. These too came from Mom and Dad. Flat anchovies would have been a little easier. Unrolling already rolled anchovies seems slightly counterproductive.

I then placed each bowl in the microwave for one minute and there you have it - Easter pizza! The microwave does tend to make any type of bread product mushy, so that is why I toast the muffins first. They still get soft, but do not totally lose their 'breadness.'

I thought I was being overly generous with the cheese, and I used less than half of the eight ounce bag. I could have used a little more cheese on the muffins. There is no such thing as too much mozzarella cheese.

On the other hand while I am out of anchovies (the first can ended up on muffins with just the mozzarella cheese), I will probably have some toasted muffins and nuke some mozzarella cheese on them or use some of the cheese for my lunch time tuna melts.

While I do have access to the stove for cooking, it is not always available. Until I figure out how to get the burners to work at peak temperatures, it is certainly not good for a quick meal.

What I have been doing for lunch is opening up a can of tuna (the chunk type in water) and. mixing in some spices and either the pickle relish or mustard. Sometimes I add chopped onions but that is not necessary. I put half the mix on each half of a toasted English, and then put one slice of American cheese on top of each half. Nuke for 45 seconds and lunch is served.

While I have given up my soda habit for the time being, I am afraid the other treats I am buying instead are not helping keep off the excess pounds and do nothing for the caffeine fix I feel helps with my self diagnosed ADD. I have given up drinking plain tea. I found that it was beginning to aggravate my stomach.

As a result I have been caffeine free for over a week now and instead I am munching out on pretzels, microwave popcorn and either a two ounce bag of M&M's or 1.45 ounce Hershey's with almonds. Those wonderful munchies against Diet Coke. Hmm, zero calories in the Diet Coke and the munchies have, um lots. Well, we certainly seem to have a problem with that math.

I better get walking and soon!
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