Lesson #1 learnt whilst cooking Syrian food: cutting a wedge out of one’s finger whilst trying to dice a tomato makes it really quite painful to type.
Subsequently, this is going to be a shorter than usual preamble. However, it is probably an appropriate moment to sing the praises of what is possibly our best bargain buy ever – and that’s saying a lot, as Miranda is one of the world’s most dedicated bargain and freebie hunters. But few bargains have had the longevity of our favourite kitchen knife – from IKEA, of all places.
When Ash first moved out of home, we did a big IKEA shop, cheaply picking up all the essentials, with the intention of upgrading the important things later. One of the essentials, of course, was an all-purpose knife, which he picked up for about £8. Four and a half years (and a few sharpenings) later, it is still our most reached-for knife when cooking, and will probably feature in nearly every recipe on this blog, despite the fact that since then we’ve acquired fancier and more expensive knives. Moral of the story: don’t underestimate IKEA. (But don’t come into too close contact with the knife blade, if you know what’s good for you. And don’t visit the store on a bank holiday Monday, if you know what’s good for you.)
Fortunately, losing a chunk of Miranda’s finger didn’t affect our ability to cook and eat Syrian kibbeh bil sanieh, which is basically multiple layers of meat sandwiched together – which made Ash very happy. Unfortunately we can’t remember which website this recipe came from, so apologies for the lack of credit. Continue reading