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Lemon & Thyme Roast Chicken on Chorizo Casoulet.

For the past few months, celebrity Chef Reuben Riffel and the team at Robertsons Spices have been trawling hundreds of South African food blogs. Their mission? To uncover the official Robertsons Spicemaster Blogger, who’ll be keeping readers up to date over the course of this years MasterChef South Africa (Season 2).

Today, myself and 6 local food bloggers descended on The SA Chef’s Academy to participate in a ‘Mystery Box Challenge’, the ingredients unveiled before us, then given 45mins to whip up an original dish.

Provided were a whole chicken and a chorizo sausage. Straight away I went to work on creating a crispy lemon and thyme roast chicken served atop a Spanish infused cassoulet.

The chicken perfectly seasoned with Robertsons Atlantic salt & course black pepper, lemon juice, olive oil and fresh thyme, the cassoulet, a fusion of carrots, onion, celery braised with a hint of Roberstons Garlic Flakes and Mixed Herbs, seasoned with salt and pepper, tinned tomatoes and chickpeas, topped with garlic breadcrumbs.

Followers will know my inspiration are the ingredients themselves, less is more, letting the flavours shine, and seasoned to taste. I let the ingredients shine, from the fresh produce down to the fragrant Robertsons spices.

Sadly I didn’t win the cook off, though it was great fun and we all left with a rack of spices and small enamel pot from Le Creuset.

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5 Responses to “The Road To The Robertsons Spicemaster”

  1. Jane-Anne Hobbs

    So agree with you about letting the ingredients shine Matt. Looks delicious – and better luck with the damn iPad next time! x

  2. Matt

    Thank J-A, it was a great day, on reflection I’d have not done it any differently. I cooked the way I’d have done for family and friends, letting the ingredients shine, seasoned to taste, rustic, yet refined.

  3. Kit

    Great to hear about your urban gardening today, Matt. Your chickpea cassoulet looks great!

  4. Matt

    Hi Kit, thank you! It was lovely to meet you, even though it was under high pressure circumstances. A fun day had by all and testament to how good food brings us all together.

  5. Tamara

    How awesome! Congrats :)

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