Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has been the subject of ridicule on social media. Was it deserved? Well, he did himself no favour by posting a picture of his attempt at roasting a stuffed chicken.
PIC: Tito Mboweni tried to roast chicken and it looked like this
It’s clear that Mboweni’s cooking skills needs some work, or rather, he should stick to the easy stuff, like opening canned sardines or chopping veggies.
Local celebrities were first in line to troll the minister. Somizi Mhlongo teased Mboweni with his own version of a well-roasted chicken.
Chef Lesego offers free game to Mboweni
Not everyone was out for a piece of the Mboweni humour. Renowned chef Lesego Semenya chose to be the better person and use this as a teachable moment.
The chef advised that stuffed chicken is a major misfire in most kitchens for two simple reasons: Most of our ovens aren’t rotisserie ready and stuffed chicken is just a painful process that is highly unnecessary.
“Don’t stuff the chicken. Butterfly it. Cook it flat (like a Nandos chicken). It cooks quicker, has crispy skin all round and if you’ve seasoned it well enough, the juices will flavour the meat that’s on the bottom and keep it moist,” he tweeted
For a neat presentation, Semenya suggests kitchen scissors to “cut down the backbone of the chicken.”
“You can do it with a strong knife as well but people tend to make a mess of that, kitchen scissors are best. [This] makes it easier to season the chicken as well,” he added.
In the end, Mboweni got to enjoy the fruits of his labour. The minister took to Twitter and posted an image of his serving, chopped garlic cloves and pepper, pap, curried carrots and chicken pieces.
Although, we have never seen garlic cloves presented as a side dish. Take a look: