Famebox Webchef: An Online Cooking Competition

Greetings food lovers!

Today I have something very interesting to share with you all. I am honoured to tell you that I have been part of an online cooking competition where it was upon my shoulders to review few of the videos sent across to me. The participants recorded videos of themselves cooking their favourite recipes for us the world to see. The people from Famebox and Blogmint put together the competition called ‘Famebox Webchef’, and I feel it is a wonderful concept that gives amateur chefs from the country the opportunity to showcase their skills in the kitchen and share the heart-felt passion they possess for cooking great food.
I was sent a total of three videos and my job was to choose the one video that stood out from the rest. The dish I would choose would then get a special mention on my blog page and that is the main agenda behind this write-up. I shall speak about the dish that I felt was the most deserving but let us first take a look at the video itself. You can watch it here:

So that was a brief video of Raj Bhalla making the Chicken Steak in Honey Vinegar Sauce. The positive about this entry is that it is nice and simple to make with nothing out of the extraordinary and thus anyone can try their hand at it. Anyone who is a little familiar with making steaks should have no glitches wrapping this dish up in a matter of minutes. I find the vinegar and honey to be an interesting combination and I honestly cannot wait to taste it on my own. I must admit to my meat bias as you can see my blog mainly revolves around non-vegetarian dishes. However, that was not a factor that could influence my judgement. The dish by Raj is featured here simply because the recipe is short and concise and the final dish looks mouth-watering.

Anyway, make sure you watch the video to grasp the whole recipe and also check out other videos from the competition by clicking on the Famebox Webchef link provided above. And, with that I shall sign off for today but do keep a look out for more recipes and food related content coming your way from The Spice Box.

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Marinated Tuna Steak

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  • 4 tuna steaks
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh chopped oregano
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered black pepper
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce


  1. In a large pan combine the the oregano, lemon juice, parsley, pepper, garlic, orange juice, olive oil and soy sauce.
  2. Marinate the tuna steaks with the above mixture and put the fish in the fridge for minimum of 30 minutes. Keep aside the leftover marinade for later use.
  3. While the fish is cooling down, preheat the grill by setting the heat at high and applying some oil on the grill grate.
  4. Now, grill the tuna steaks for 5-6 minutes and then once more drench the steak with the marinade.
  5. Again cook for further 5 mins or more depending on how prepared you prefer the steak.

Crispy Herb Chicken

image from: foodonthetable.com


  • 1 (3 pound) chicken – skinned and cut into pieces
  • 2/3 cup dry potato flakes
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/3 cup butter


  1. Preheat the oven to around 190 degrees C and grease a baking tray.
  2. Take a medium bowl and combine grated parmesan cheese, potato flakes, garlic salt and stir until properly blended.
  3. Firstly, coat the chicken pieces with some butter and then roll in potato flake mixture to make a layer on the meat.
  4. Next, place the chicken in baking tray.
  5. Bake the chicken for close to 45-60 minutes and make sure it is tender and golden brown.

Roasted Lamb With Rosemary

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  • 5 pounds whole leg of lamb
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons prepared Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup honey


  1. Combine the rosemary, mustard, ground black pepper, lemon zest and minced garlic in a bowl.
  2. Apply the mix to the lamb pieces.
  3. Marinate the lamb overnight in the refrigerator.
  4. Next, preheat the oven to a temperature of 230 degrees C.
  5. Keep the lamb on a roasting pan, sprinkle salt according to taste and stack it in the oven.
  6. For the first 20 minutes bake at the set temperature and then reduce it to 400 degrees C and keep baking for another hour or so.
  7. Once done, let the lamb rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Classic BBQ Ribs

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  • 2 1/2 pounds pork ribs
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup barbeque sauce


  1. Keep the ribs in a pot with ample water to cover them and season with salt, black pepper and garlic powder.
  2. Let the water boil and cook the ribs until the get tender.
  3. Preheat oven to 165 degrees C.
  4. Transfer the ribs from the pot and onto a baking dish.
  5. Glaze the ribs with barbeque sauce.
  6. Take some aluminum foil and cover the dish before baking it in the preheated oven for around an hour and a half.

Garlic Lime Chicken

image from: simplyrecipes.com


  • 4 boneless Chicken Breast Halves – skinned
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp Dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp Dried parsley
  • 2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3 tbsp Lime juice


  1. Mix together the black pepper, salt, paprika, cayenne, onion powder, dried thyme, quarter tsp garlic powder and parsley in a bowl.
  2. Next, sprinkle this mixture on both sides of chicken breasts halves.
  3. In a skillet, heat some butter and olive oil over medium flame.
  4. Saute the chicken breats until they become golden brown. This should take about 6 minutes on each side.
  5. While cooking the chicken, sprinkle 2 tsp garlic powder and lime juice over it.
  6. Keep cooking for 5 more minutes while stirring.

Grilled Salmon

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  • 1 1/2 pounds Salmon Fillets
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • pepper to taste
  • garlic powder to taste
  • salt to taste


  1. Firstly, season the salmon fillets with salt, garlic powder and pepper.
  2. Stir together the sugar, water, soy sauce, and vegetable oil in a bowl to make the marinade.
  3. Next, place the fillets in a resealable plastic bag along with the marinade and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours.
  4. Prepare the grill by preheating it at medium heat.
  5. Place the fillets in the grill after oiling the grate slightly.
  6. Finally, cook the salmon for 6-8 minutes each side.