Everybody’s favorite Nordic home-furnishings emporium has come up with a brilliant and very Ikea-y way to lure skittish cooks into their kitchens. The company’s Canadian arm has debuted a booklet of recipes printed sort of paint-by-numbers-style on parchment paper — the recipes themselves are laid out as visual schematics. The home cook spreads the diagram onto the counter, places ingredients on top of their drawings, then rolls the paper up and cooks the entire pouch in the oven.
Recipes — for dishes like lemon-dill salmon and a Swedish-meatball-pasta bake — feature squiggly lines that you trace with olive oil, or small circles that you fill with seasonings, and they utilize the snazzy en papillote French cooking method. Surprising absolutely no one, all the main ingredients needed can also be purchased in Ikea’s food market.
The best part is that there is finally a set of Ikea instructions that don’t end in tears, screaming, and 63 leftover pieces.