probably intended only to saw through the chine bone to separate the
ribs. I was able to chop through it with my cleaver, but in the
course of doing that I killed one of my cutting boards. Oops.
Ah, well. My
guests had some extra entertainment, the lamb was a hit, and I learned
two lessons: Let the butcher cut the chine (I knew that, damn it), and if you're going to
break bones with your cleaver, do it on a board that sits flat on the counter, not on one with feet.
San Francisco's Halal Butchers
Queen of Sheba, 1100 Sutter (at Larkin), 567-4322
Salama Halal Meat, 604 Geary (at Jones), 474-0359
For customer reviews and information on halal butchers elsewhere, see zabihah.com.
6 tsp. ground coriander
8 tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. herbs de Provence
2 tsp. salt
1-1/2 tsp. hot chile powder
1 tsp. ground allspice
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. cayenne
1/2 tsp. ground anise
Mix thoroughly. Makes about half a cup (enough to fill a tall spice jar).