Thursday, December 23, 2010

Xmas Menu

This is a touchy subject, so let's get it out of the way. This is our Christmas Day menu.
Main - Sausage, bacon, scrambled egg, black pudding, fried bread,beans and mushrooms.
Veggie - veg sausagesX2, scrambled egg, hash brown, fried bread,beans, mushrooms.
Pork Free- Halal sausage X 2, scrambled egg, hash brown, fried bread, beans, mushrooms.
Main • Sliced Roast Turkey
Pork Free - Halal Chicken Leg
Veggie- Salmon Portion
Vegan - Lentil and Nut Roast
All served with - roast potatoes, kilted sausages, stuffing, honey glazed parsnips, garden peas, carrots, gravy. Christmas pudding and Vanilla sauce.
Tea pack, choose one of the following:
1. Cheese baguette
2. Ham baguette
3. Tuna baguette
And one of the following:
1. Pork pie
2. Sausage roll
3. Vegetarian samosa

You will also receive a pack with crisps, instant noodles, soup sachet, chocolate, fruit, biscuits, Xmas cake and drink.
NB: As ever this reads an awful lot better than it appears on our plates. The devil is in the detail. The sausage, for instance isn't a nice fat juicy one but something about 2 inches long. The bacon is a strip l\2 inches by 4. The fried bread is half-a slice. The sliced roast turkey comes from a tin. And please don't think that the cooked breakfast is a regular thing; this is the only one of the year!


  1. Merry christmas to all our vegan animal rights prisoners, who have been selfless enough to sacrifice their liberty for the voiceless. Hope you enjoy the extra goodies you will get in your vegan pack.

  2. here is hoping this will be your last ben ;)that next year you get the xmas you have been waiting for so long ;)

  3. I'd love to see Jamie Oliver come and prepare a decent Christmas dinner...@33p per meal!! Lets face it even if it is £2.00 for the whole day, which one of us could cope on that? Especially at this time of seasons cheer and goodwill to all.
    I too hope your next Christmas will at least be out of prison. Are you allowed home from open for the holidays?

  4. I believe that the next Christmas Eve You'll spend with family.Best wishes to all of you,Merry Christmas...

  5. Happy Christmas Ben, I hope you're enjoying a decent bit of dinner as a free man this time next year :).

  6. Ben - sorry to hear you are having turkey from a tin, but I hope you have a lovely Christmas all the same. I enjoy reading your blog.

  7. Ben - This is my first visit to the site - I enjoyed reading about your prison Christmas dinner - it made me smile after spending a lonely Christmas by myself this year, although I do feel for you - specially the tinned turkey! Will log in again as I enjoyed the blog, Super Happy New Year!

  8. New zealand prison menu

    For most New Zealanders, Christmas is acknowledged as being a special day around the country, however for prisoners it is just another day.

    “Every year we get enquiries about how Christmas is spent in prison. Many people seem to have the impression that it could be an extravagant affair. In reality it is Christmas, but without trimmings,” says Manawatu Prison Manager Peter Howe.

    “For staff who work on Christmas day it is business as usual, but prisoners (depending on their security classifications) may spend some time involved in recreational activities such as sport. They can also attend multi-denominational church services held by the Prison Chaplain.”

    Corrections Inmate Employment (CIE) Manager Internal Services Sector Russell Baker says the Christmas meal meets basic nutritional requirements but is by no means lavish.

    “Lunch is the main meal of the day and consists of a serving of vegetables, chicken and two slices of watermelon, while dinner is a meal of cold meat and salads. A vegetarian option is also available,” he says.

    “The day’s meals, around 24,000 of them, are prepared and cooked by prisoners which means they are also learning valuable skills by doing so.

    "The Christmas day menu is the same across all 20 prisons. The Department budgets approximately $4.50 per day to feed a prisoner and the main difference on Christmas is that the main meal is served at lunch instead of at night."