J is for Jordan: Sawani Dijaj (Stewed Chicken)

Sawani Dijaj: Jordanian Stewed Chicken

I’m really excited, guys.  Yesterday I had a personal victory.  You see, for our wedding we received a mandolin.  No, not the instrument, but the nifty tool to make slicing easier.  Shortly after the wedding we decided that we should make scalloped potatoes, and broke into the mandolin.  As I whisked the sauce on the stove, my husband started slicing our potatoes.  All was going swimmingly until I heard him curse loudly.  I turned around, and there he was cradling his thumb.  “It’s really sharp,” he said.

No kidding, I thought to myself.  I sent him to go clean up his thumb, rolling my eyes at his clumsiness.  My eye rolling lasted for about thirty seconds, until I too started cursing.  And in true “anything you can do, I can do better” mentality, my thumb wouldn’t stop bleeding.  So our mandolin prompted our first married trip for emergency medical care (and my first time getting stitches!).

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