Thyme and punishment: New Zealand prisoners go gourmet
WELLINGTON (AFP) - Whipping up a blackcurrant jus in Wellington's Rimutaka Prison, shaven-headed convict "Pete" rhapsodises about his new-found love of gourmet cooking, the swastika tattoos on his hand blurring as he whisks intently.
"You can get five dishes, five different flavours, from one fish," the New Zealander says.
"I thought normal fish all just tasted the same but I've learned a lot."
Pete - not his real name - is among a team of inmates from the jail on the capital's outskirts who prepared a five-star banquet for the public as part of this year's Wellington on a Plate food festival.