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The outpouring of support for this project has been incredible and overwhelming! Our team is working hard to be able to do this again ASAP, and to keep everyone in the loop.

To start we have set up some basic online resources for those who want to stay up-to-date on this project, or who may want to support it further once we figure out our next steps.

There is now a Facebook Group you can join:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NewcomerKitchen/

A mailing list where you can add your email:
http://eepurl.com/bYqCnj

Or you can follow it on Twitter or Instagram @newcomerkitchen

Direct inquires can be sent to newcomerkitchen@thedepanneur.ca

We will continue posting to the website, you can check in on updates here:
http://thedepanneur.ca/category/newcomerkitchen/

DEC 10 — Cook for Syria by Slow Food Toronto and Newcomer Kitchen

slow-food-to-cook-for-syria-newcomer-kitchenIn honor of Terra Madre Day – Slow Food International’s day to promote the diversity of food traditions around the world — Slow Food Toronto is proud to announce that we are partnering with The Depanneur and Newcomer Kitchen to host an event in celebration of Syrian food. It’s also a day that explores how the Slow Food movement can use its creativity and knowledge to express love for the planet and defend the future for the next generations.

A very special thank you to 100km Foods and The Big Carrot for sponsoring this event!

Tickets are $60 for Slow Food Toronto Members and $70 for non-members.
We are encouraging people to purchase tickets soon if they are interested in attending this unique event.

>> PURCHASE HERE <<

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Starter ~ Fattoush فتوش  |  Fattayer Jibneh فطاير جبنة

Fattoush is a popular Levantine salad made using toasted or fried pieces of pita bread combined with mixed greens, fresh vegetables like tomatoes, cucumber and radish, but varies according to season and region. Mint and parsley lend a freshness and fragrance, and dried sumac (the same staghorn sumac that grows here in Ontario) gives the olive oil-based dressing a distinctive tangy flavour. (#vegetarian, can be #GF)

Fatayer are a whole category delicious small baked treats that range from open-face, pizza-like flatbreads to cute little baked turnovers, with countless different shapes and fillings. Tonight will feature a cheese fatayer, as well as a vegan options such as muhamarra (spicy red pepper) or zataar (thyme and sesame).

The Main ~ El Maldoum ملضوم  |   Khyar belaban خيار بلبن

Maldoum can be found in kitchens from Turkey to Lebanon; this is a more rustic, countryside version of of the dish, that adds green peppers, tomatoes and potatoes, which are traditionally arranged in attractive layered patterns in a large shallow round pan before baking. A meat and vegetarian version will be served alongside a combination of short-grain rice and fried vermicelli noodles. This dish will be served with Khyar Belaban. Much like tzatziki, it’s well-known Greek cousin, this combines cool yogurt with garlic and cucumbers, but the addition of mint makes for an especially cool and refreshing salad.

Dessert ~ Harissa هريسة  |  Figs & Dates with Tahini and Grape Molasses

A relative of Namoura or Babousa, Harissa is one of the region’s many delicious syrup-soaked semolina cakes. This one doesn’t use yogurt, but rather tahini, giving an extra rich and nutty flavour. A traditional selection of dried figs stuffed with walnuts, and dates stuffed with almonds will also be served, with tahini & grape molasses for dipping.

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Newcomer Kitchen Brunch at Butler’s Pantry

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We invite you to join Newcomer Kitchen at Butler’s Pantry for Toronto’s first authentic Syrian brunch!

brought to you with the generous support of Westbank

This is the first official public Newcomer Kitchen spin-off project, in a trial-run, limited seating engagement. Come enjoy a lavish spread of traditional Syrian home cooking prepared by the talented cooks of Newcomer Kitchen.

Every Sunday until December 18

Prix fixe menu — sold in pairs of 2 — $30 per person

4th Seating Added! — 11am, 12, 1 & 2 pm — Tickets must be purchased in advance
(note: each seating is for nearly 2 hours; no one wants to rush Sunday Brunch!)

LOCATION

Butler’s Pantry, 591 Markham Street, Toronto, ON M6G 2L7 View Map


Shay
Bottomless tea!

MEZE (all included, for sharing for 2 people)

Khabaz Saj
Warm flatbread prepared on the domed sag oven
With za’atar and olive oil for dipping

Labneh
Homemade yogurt cheese balls cured in olive oil and seasoned nigella and sesame seed

Kebbeh Bel Sayniyeh
Baked bulgur dough stuffed with walnuts, potatoes, onions, tomato and pomegranate

Baba Ganouj
Smoky eggplant dip with tahini, pomegranate molasses, walnuts and pomegranate seeds

Salatet Na’ameh
Fresh salad of finely chopped tomato, cucumber & onion with lemon, olive oil and mint.

Mukhallat & Atun
Pickled turnips and wild cucumbers; sun-dried black olives spiced with herbs, lemon and Aleppo pepper

Khdarawat
Selection of fresh vegetables to accompany the meal

MAINS (choice of one)

Jazmaz
The Syrian version of the classic Middle Eastern shakshouka; sunny eggs cooked in a rich, chunky tomato sauce with garlic and olive oil.

Fattet Maqdoos
Crispy pita bread, topped with baked eggplant, yogurt- tahini sauce, caramelized onions, pine nuts & parsley. Vegetarian -or- with awarma (confit halal beef)

Beid bel Toum
Syrian hash! Eggs scrambled with potato and whole confit garlic cloves, garnished with pine nuts and herbs.
Vegetarian -or- with awarma (confit halal beef)

Salatet Sabaneh
Wilted spinach tossed with a warm sautée of chickpeas, mushrooms and onions, garnished with lemon & olive oil
Vegan -or- topped with an olive-oil fried egg.

SWEETS, FRUIT & NUTS

Helawiyaat
Figs stuffed with walnuts & dates stuffed with almonds, with grape molasses and tahini for dipping.

Namoura
Semolina and yogurt cake, topped with an almond and infused with orange blossom syrup

Barazek
Buttery pistachio and sesame cookie

Beverages available a la carte | Gratuity not included

 

>> PURCHASE HERE <<

 


Butler’s Pantry + Newcomer Kitchen + Westbank

Newcomer Kitchen invites Syrian newcomer women to share their remarkable cooking skills through collaborations with local restaurants. newcomerkitchen.ca

Butler’s Pantry has become a Toronto institution, serving international comfort foods since 1985. butlerspantry.ca

Westbank is Canada’s leading residential and mixed-use real estate development company, committed to including affordable and social housing, non-profit community partnerships, and accessible public space in all of its projects. westbankcorp.com

NEWCOMER KITCHEN — December 1

malfouf

Malfouf ملفوف

Malfouf ملفوف
Many people may think of cabbage rolls as a typically Polish or Ukrainian dish, but in fact, they have been made in Syria and the Levant for thousands of years. Highly regarded by the Ottoman Empire, they spread across the Balkans, North Africa and the Mediterranean, but it may have been the Jewish diaspora that brought this Middle Eastern dish to Northern Europe and Russia.

In Syria, cabbage rolls are known as malfouf (though it has many other regional names as well), and they are a popular winter dish; a healthy and complete meal that combines meat, rice and vegetables. This recipe uses halal ground beef and rice seasoned with a Syrian version of baharat, a mix of seven or eight warm spices that has countless variations across the region, a legacy of Syria’s long history in the spice trade.

There is also a #vegetarian variation that uses chard leaves instead of cabbage, that is stuffed with rice, tomatoes, onion, garlic and parsley. Both are served with a side of yogurt and garnish of cucumbers and radishes.

Ejett Kousa عجة كوسا
Made with finely sliced or shredded zucchini combined with green onion, parsley, garlic, dried mint, flour and eggs. It can be either formed into small pancakes and fried (think zucchini latke) or baked in a tray and sliced, like a frittata or crustless quiche.

S’fouf صفوف
A light, delicate semolina cake, made golden with turmeric and fragrant with anise, vanilla, and coconut, studded with black sesame seeds and topped with pistachio.

$20 +HST

Meals are available for pickup from The Depanneur,
1033 College Street (between Dufferin & Dovercourt) from 6–7pm
foodora sponsors FREE Delivery within 3km radius
Delivery outside 3km can be arranged with Liam Woolacoot of Saoirse Couriers
647-642-8581  |  liamgordonwoolacoot@gmail.com

Meals go on sale on Tuesday at 7am.
Please indicate “PICKUP” or “DELIVERY” in the Order Notes at the Checkout.

>> PURCHASE HERE <<


Newcomer Kitchen is a new project that invites groups of Syrian refugee women to use our kitchen to cook traditional Syrian dishes in a fun, social setting. Meals are prepared and packaged, and then sold online for pickup or delivery to pay for all the ingredients and provide an honorarium for the cooks.

We also offer 1 spot to help/hang out in the kitchen, learn the recipes and join the ladies for family meal on Thursday afternoon. We are asking for a $50 donation for this, which will go to topping up the $ we have to share with the cooks. This is available for purchase online, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Proceeds from the sale of meals goes directly to the newcomer cooks. However this does not cover the costs of the enormous amount of behind-the-scenes coordination required to keep this project going. You can support the Newcomer Kitchen project directly and our vision of expanding this model to support more women in more neighbourhoods!
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Help us take this idea into any restaurant kitchen, in any city in the world!
http://bit.ly/2egZ0Vi

Learn more about the Newcomer Kitchen project.
http://newcomerkitchen.ca/

NEWCOMER KITCHEN — November 24

Shish Burak

Shishbarak شيش برك

[beef] Shishbarak شيش برك
Almost every cuisine in the world has their comfort food dumplings, and Syria is no exception. A soft dough is handmade from flour, salt and water and filled with cooked onions, olive oil, halal ground beef, salt and pepper and then baked. A thick, tangy yogurt sauce is prepared by cooking strained yogurt with starch, which is then spiced with aromatic fried garlic. The dumpligs are added to the warm sauce, and the dish is garnished with fresh parsley, mint and toasted pine nuts.

[vegetarian] Shishbarak شيش برك
These delicious dumplings are filled with a mix of mushrooms, onions and spices.

Fattoush فتوش
This popular Levantine salad is made using toasted or fried pieces of pita bread combined with mixed greens, fresh vegetables like tomatoes, cucumber and radish, but vary according to season and region. Mint and parsley lend a freshness and fragrance, and dried sumac (the same staghorn sumac that grows here in Ontario) gives the olive oil-based dressing a distinctive tangy flavour.

Roz bel Haleeb رز بحليب
Wherever you find rice, you’ll probably find a version of rice pudding. This delicious, creamy version is scented with cardamom, vanilla and rosewater, and garnished with some fresh, ruby-red pomegranate seeds.

$20 +HST

Meals are available for pickup from The Depanneur, 1033 College Street (between Dufferin & Dovercourt) from 6–7pm on Thursday, Nov. 10
foodora sponsors FREE Delivery within 3km radius

Meals go on sale on Tuesday at 7am.
Please indicate “PICKUP” or “DELIVERY” in the Order Notes at the Checkout.

>> PURCHASE HERE <<


Newcomer Kitchen is a new project that invites groups of Syrian refugee women to use our kitchen to cook traditional Syrian dishes in a fun, social setting. Meals are prepared and packaged, and then sold online for pickup or delivery to pay for all the ingredients and provide an honorarium for the cooks.

We also offer 1 spot to help/hang out in the kitchen, learn the recipes and join the ladies for family meal on Thursday afternoon. We are asking for a $50 donation for this, which will go to topping up the $ we have to share with the cooks. This is available for purchase online, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Proceeds from the sale of meals goes directly to the newcomer cooks. However this does not cover the costs of the enormous amount of behind-the-scenes coordination required to keep this project going. You can support the Newcomer Kitchen project directly and our vision of expanding this model to support more women in more neighbourhoods!
—–

Help us take this idea into any restaurant kitchen, in any city in the world!
http://bit.ly/2egZ0Vi

Learn more about the Newcomer Kitchen project.
http://newcomerkitchen.ca/

NEWCOMER KITCHEN — November 17

Freekeh  فريكة

Freekeh فريكة


[chicken] Freekeh فريكة
Freekeh is made from green durum wheat that processed in a special way to create a unique flavor. The wheat is harvested while the grains are yellow and the seeds still are soft; it then is piled and sun-dried. The piles are carefully set on fire so only the straw and chaff burn, not the seeds. In these controlled conditions, the high moisture content of the seeds prevents them from burning, but imparts them with a unique smoky flavour. Next, the roasted wheat is threshed and sun-dried before being cracked into smaller pieces so they resemble a green bulgur. This Syrian freekeh recipe is seasoned with onion, butter, black pepper, cinnamon, and cumin, topped with a quarter chicken and garnished with fried nuts.

[vegetarian] Freekeh فريكة
The vegetarian version of freekeh is made with green peas, green onion, butter-fried nuts, fresh herbs and lemon, served more as a warm meze salad, with a side of cool yogurt.

Salateh Malfouf  سلطة ملفوف
A cool, refreshing salad made of chopped cabbage, diced tomatoes and pomegranate seeds, dressed with olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, sumac, and fresh mint.

Barazek برازق
A crisp, buttery cookie studded with pistachio pieces and covered in sesame seeds, barazek are one of the most famous sweets of Damascus, and a popular gift often brought by people visiting from Syria.

$20 +HST

Meals are available for pickup from The Depanneur, 1033 College Street (between Dufferin & Dovercourt) from 6–7pm on Thursday, Nov. 10
foodora sponsors FREE Delivery within 3km radius

Meals go on sale on Tuesday at 7am.
Please indicate “PICKUP” or “DELIVERY” in the Order Notes at the Checkout.

>> PURCHASE HERE <<


Newcomer Kitchen is a new project that invites groups of Syrian refugee women to use our kitchen to cook traditional Syrian dishes in a fun, social setting. Meals are prepared and packaged, and then sold online for pickup or delivery to pay for all the ingredients and provide an honorarium for the cooks.

We also offer 1 spot to help/hang out in the kitchen, learn the recipes and join the ladies for family meal on Thursday afternoon. We are asking for a $50 donation for this, which will go to topping up the $ we have to share with the cooks. This is available for purchase online, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Proceeds from the sale of meals goes directly to the newcomer cooks. However this does not cover the costs of the enormous amount of behind-the-scenes coordination required to keep this project going. You can support the Newcomer Kitchen project directly and our vision of expanding this model to support more women in more neighbourhoods!
—–

Help us take this idea into any restaurant kitchen, in any city in the world!
http://bit.ly/2egZ0Vi

Learn more about the Newcomer Kitchen project.
http://newcomerkitchen.ca/

Newcomer Kitchen Brunch at Butler’s Pantry — SUN Nov. 20

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We invite you to join Newcomer Kitchen at Butler’s Pantry for Toronto’s first authentic Syrian brunch!

This is the first official public NK spin-off project, in a trial-run, limited seating engagement. Come enjoy a lavish spread of traditional Syrian home cooking prepared by the talented cooks of Newcomer Kitchen.

Prix fixe menu — sold in pairs of 2 — $30 per person
3 seatings — 11am, 12 & 1 pm — Tickets must be purchased in advance

>> PURCHASE HERE <<

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Shay
Bottomless tea!

MEZE (all included, for sharing for 2 people)

Khabaz Saj
Warm flatbread prepared on the domed sag oven
With za’atar and olive oil for dipping

Labneh
Homemade yogurt cheese balls cured in olive oil and seasoned nigella and sesame seed

Kebbeh Bel Sayniyeh
Baked bulgur dough stuffed with walnuts, potatoes, onions, tomato and pomegranate

Baba Ganouj
Smoky eggplant dip with tahini, pomegranate molasses, walnuts and pomegranate seeds

Salatet Na’ameh
Fresh salad of finely chopped tomato, cucumber & onion with lemon, olive oil and mint.

Mukhallat & Atun
Pickled turnips and wild cucumbers; sun-dried black olives spiced with herbs, lemon and Aleppo pepper

Khdarawat
Selection of fresh vegetables to accompany the meal

MAINS (choice of one)

Jazmaz
The Syrian version of the classic Middle Eastern shakshouka; sunny eggs cooked in a rich, chunky tomato sauce with garlic and olive oil.

Fattet Maqdoos
Crispy pita bread, topped with baked eggplant, yogurt- tahini sauce, caramelized onions, pine nuts & parsley. Vegetarian -or- with awarma (confit halal beef)

Beid bel Toum
Syrian hash! Eggs scrambled with potato and whole confit garlic cloves, garnished with pine nuts and herbs.
Vegetarian -or- with awarma (confit halal beef)

Salatet Sabaneh
Wilted spinach tossed with a warm sautée of chickpeas, mushrooms and onions, garnished with lemon & olive oil
Vegan -or- topped with an olive-oil fried egg.

SWEETS, FRUIT & NUTS

Helawiyaat
Figs stuffed with walnuts & dates stuffed with almonds, with grape molasses and tahini for dipping.

Namoura
Semolina and yogurt cake, topped with an almond and infused with orange blossom syrup

Barazek
Buttery pistachio and sesame cookie

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Beverages available a la carte | Gratuity not included

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Newcomer Kitchen invites Syrian newcomer women to share their remarkable cooking skills through collaborations with local restaurants. newcomerkitchen.ca

Butler’s Pantry has become a Toronto institution, serving international comfort foods since 1985. butlerspantry.ca

NEWCOMER KITCHEN — November 10

cheese-fatayer

[beef] Fatayer Lahmeh فطاير لحمة -or- [cheese] Fatayer Jibneh فطاير جبنة

[beef] Fatayer Lahmeh فطاير لحمة
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[cheese] Fatayer Jibneh فطاير جبنة
Fatayer are a whole category delicious small baked treats that range from open-face, pizza-like flatbreads to cute little baked turnovers, with countless different shapes and fillings. Tonight you can cheese fatayer lahmeh stuffed with spiced halal ground beef, or fatayer jibneh, stuffed with a mix of cheeses, green onion, parsley and black sesame seeds.

[vegetarian] Majaddarat Bulgur مجدرة برغل
Well known in many Syrian villages, this staple dish of bulgur, lentils and onions is highly regarded for its nutritional value and health benefits. In Syria, lentils, with their high iron content, are sometimes called the “meat of the poor” ( المجدرة لحم الفقراء); or “nails for your knees” (المجدرة مسمامير الركب) in the sense that they help keep you on your feet for a long time. In majaddarat, brown lentils are boiled then bulgur is added to the broth; sliced onions slowly caramelized in olive oil, until crispy and then the flavoured oil is added to the lentil-bulgur mix. The finished dish is topped with the fried onions, and served with a garnish of fresh vegetables and a selection of pickles.

Khyar belaban خيار بلبن
Much like tzatziki, it’s well-known Greek cousin, this combines cool yogurt with garlic and cucumbers, but the addition of mint makes for an especially cool and refreshing salad.

Harisa هريسة
A relative of namoura or babousa, this is one of the region’s many delicious syrup-soaked semolina cakes. This one doesn’t use yogurt, but rather tahini, giving an extra rich, nutty flavour.

$20 +HST

Meals are available for pickup from The Depanneur, 1033 College Street (between Dufferin & Dovercourt) from 6–7pm on Thursday, Nov. 10
foodora sponsors FREE Delivery within 3km radius

Meals go on sale on Tuesday at 7am.
Please indicate “PICKUP” or “DELIVERY” in the Order Notes at the Checkout.

>> PURCHASE HERE <<


Newcomer Kitchen is a new project that invites groups of Syrian refugee women to use our kitchen to cook traditional Syrian dishes in a fun, social setting. Meals are prepared and packaged, and then sold online for pickup or delivery to pay for all the ingredients and provide an honorarium for the cooks.

We also offer 1 spot to help/hang out in the kitchen, learn the recipes and join the ladies for family meal on Thursday afternoon. We are asking for a $50 donation for this, which will go to topping up the $ we have to share with the cooks. This is available for purchase online, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Proceeds from the sale of meals goes directly to the newcomer cooks. However this does not cover the costs of the enormous amount of behind-the-scenes coordination required to keep this project going. You can support the Newcomer Kitchen project directly and our vision of expanding this model to support more women in more neighbourhoods!
—–

Help us take this idea into any restaurant kitchen, in any city in the world!
http://bit.ly/2egZ0Vi

Learn more about the Newcomer Kitchen project.
http://newcomerkitchen.ca/

NEWCOMER KITCHEN — November 3

Shorbat Silq Bis Adas شوربة سلق بعدس

Shorbat Silq Bis Adas شوربة سلق بعدس

[beef/chicken] Shorbat Silq Bis Adas شوربة سلق بعدس
Lentils have been an essential part of the Levantine winter pantry (mouneh) since biblical times; indeed, Esau allegedly forfeited his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of lentil soup – one possibly not all that different than the one we are making tonight. This hearty winter soup is a whole, warming meal; lentils, potatoes and chard, cooked with onions, garlic and cilantro in a rich halal chicken stock, fortified with small cubes of halal beef (suqaar) and brought to life with a generous splash of lemon.

[vegetarian]
This soup is also delicious (and #vegan & #GF) when made with vegetable stock.

The soup comes with two delicious sides: Khabbaz El Samun bel Toum (خبز السمون بالثوم): garlic bread with butter, lemon, parsley, and black pepper, and Mutabal Kousa ( متبل كوسا), a delicious meze dip made with zucchini, tahini and yogurt.

Knafeh Nabulsia كنافة نابلسية
This version of knafeh, a dessert with a base of mild white cheese (also known as Nabulsi) topped with a crispy shredded wheat surface, doused with a scented sugar syrup, originates in the Palestinian city of Nablus as far back as 10th century, but variations spread with the Ottoman Empire to include much of the Middle East. Nablus is still renowned for its knafeh — they even made a giant one weighing in at 1,350kg for the Guinness Book of World Records!

$20 +HST

Meals are available for pickup from The Depanneur, 1033 College Street (between Dufferin & Dovercourt) from 6–7pm on Thursday, Nov. 3
foodora sponsors FREE Delivery within 3km radius

Meals go on sale on Tuesday at 7am.
Please indicate “PICKUP” or “DELIVERY” in the Order Notes at the Checkout.

>> PURCHASE HERE <<


Newcomer Kitchen is a new project that invites groups of Syrian refugee women to use our kitchen to cook traditional Syrian dishes in a fun, social setting. Meals are prepared and packaged, and then sold online for pickup or delivery to pay for all the ingredients and provide an honorarium for the cooks.

We also offer 1 spot to help/hang out in the kitchen, learn the recipes and join the ladies for family meal on Thursday afternoon. We are asking for a $50 donation for this, which will go to topping up the $ we have to share with the cooks. This is available for purchase online, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Proceeds from the sale of meals goes directly to the newcomer cooks. However this does not cover the costs of the enormous amount of behind-the-scenes coordination required to keep this project going. You can support the Newcomer Kitchen project directly and our vision of expanding this model to support more women in more neighbourhoods!
—–

Help us take this idea into any restaurant kitchen, in any city in the world!
http://bit.ly/2egZ0Vi

Learn more about the Newcomer Kitchen project.
http://newcomerkitchen.ca/

NEWCOMER KITCHEN — October 27

Kousa Mahshi كوسا محشي

Kousa Mahshi كوسا محشي

[beef] Kousa Mahshi كوسا محشي
Stuffed zucchinis are a dish cherished by the former Ottoman Empire, and popular from the Balkans to the Levant. The small, young pale green zucchini known as white marrows are the most popular. They are hollowed out with a special tool and stuffed with a mix of spiced ground halal beef, rice and spices, and cooked in a tomato broth with a hint of cinnamon. It is served with bulgur b-shaaria (برغل بشعيرية‎), a kind of pilaf of bulgur wheat and fried vermicelli noodles

[vegetarian] Ejett Kousa عجة كوسا
This dish ingeniously takes advantage of the delicious zucchini pulp that is hollowed out when preparing Koush Mahsi, though it can just as easily be made from scratch. Zucchini is finely sliced or shredded and combined with green onion, parsley, garlic, dried mint, flour and eggs, and can be either formed into small pancakes and fried (think zucchini latke) or baked in a tray and sliced, like a frittata or crustless quiche. It comes with a bit of tzasiki-like yogurt and cucumber (keyar bel laban) along with bulgur and vermicelli.

Salateh Naameh سلطة ناعمة
This quintessential Mediterranean salad can be found throughout the middle east, with tomatoes, cucumber, and white onion are finely diced and seasoned with olive oil, mint and lemon juice.

Qatayef قطايف
Qatayef (or Katayef) is kind of sweet dumpling filled with cream or nuts commonly served during the month of Ramadan, traditionally prepared by street vendors as well as households throughout the Levant and Egypt. A yeasted batter is used to make small round pancakes which are filled with ricotta cheese or a mixture of nuts and/or dried fruit. They are then sealed up into half-moons and deep-fried until golden and crispy, before being dunked in honey or sugar syrup.

$20 +HST

Meals are available for pickup from The Depanneur, 1033 College Street (between Dufferin & Dovercourt) from 6–7pm on Thursday, Oct. 27
foodora sponsors FREE Delivery within 3km radius

Meals go on sale on Tuesday at 7am.
Please indicate “PICKUP” or “DELIVERY” in the Order Notes at the Checkout.

>> PURCHASE HERE <<


Newcomer Kitchen is a new project that invites groups of Syrian refugee women to use our kitchen to cook traditional Syrian dishes in a fun, social setting. Meals are prepared and packaged, and then sold online for pickup or delivery to pay for all the ingredients and provide an honorarium for the cooks.

We also offer 1 spot to help/hang out in the kitchen, learn the recipes and join the ladies for family meal on Thursday afternoon. We are asking for a $50 donation for this, which will go to topping up the $ we have to share with the cooks. This is available for purchase online, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Proceeds from the sale of meals goes directly to the newcomer cooks. However this does not cover the costs of the enormous amount of behind-the-scenes coordination required to keep this project going. You can support the Newcomer Kitchen project directly and our vision of expanding this model to support more women in more neighbourhoods!

NEWCOMER KITCHEN — October 20

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Dawood Basha (داوود باشا)

[beef] Dawood Basha (داوود باشا)
Meatballs in tomato sauce; from Italian Polpette to Indian Kofta, nearly every cuisine has some variation of this delicious comfort food staple. In Syria, this dish inherited the name of an Ottoman governor (“pasha”, or “basha” in Arabic, which does not have the letter “p”), Daoud, who administered Mt. Lebanon in the 18th century, and reputedly had one of his chefs create this recipe especially for him. The dish is deceptively simple, ground beef meatball seasoned with onion, black pepper and allspice, in a rich tomato & onion sauce, served alongside Rez bel Shairieh (rice with vermicelli).

[vegetarian] Yakaneh Batata bel Batinjan ( يخنة بطاطا و باذنجان)
Potatoes and eggplants are popular (if relatively recent) ingredients in Mediterranean cooking, whether in Greek Moussaka or Turkish Güveç. Yakaneh is general Syrian name used to describe hearty, home-style stews; in this case one featuring batata (potato) and batinjan (eggplant) in a tomato & onion gravy, with a hint of curry powder.

Tabbouleh (تبولة‎‎ )
Originally from the mountains of Syria and Lebanon, tabbouleh has become one of the most popular salads in the Middle East. A fragrant herb salad of parsley and mint, tomato and onion, with a scattering of bulgur, and seasoned with olive oil, lemon, and salt.

M’a’krona (معكرونة)
Macaroons, macarons (and macaroni) share a complicated linguistic history, with roots in medieval Arabic and Sicilian trade in semolina, the same kind of hard durum wheat that these delicious cookies are made from. Akin to Greek loukoumades or lokma, these sweets are made from from deep-fried dough fritters scented with anise and vanilla and soaked in a lemon-sugar syrup.

$20 +HST

Meals are available for pickup from The Depanneur, 1033 College Street (between Dufferin & Dovercourt) from 6–7pm on Thursday, Oct. 20
foodora sponsors FREE Delivery within 3km radius

Meals go on sale on Tuesday at 7am.
Please indicate “PICKUP” or “DELIVERY” in the Order Notes at the Checkout.

>> PURCHASE HERE <<


Newcomer Kitchen is a new project that invites groups of Syrian refugee women to use our kitchen to cook traditional Syrian dishes in a fun, social setting. Meals are prepared and packaged, and then sold online for pickup or delivery to pay for all the ingredients and provide an honorarium for the cooks.

We also offer 1 spot to help/hang out in the kitchen, learn the recipes and join the ladies for family meal on Thursday afternoon. We are asking for a $50 donation for this, which will go to topping up the $ we have to share with the cooks. This is available for purchase online, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Proceeds from the sale of meals goes directly to the newcomer cooks. However this does not cover the costs of the enormous amount of behind-the-scenes coordination required to keep this project going. You can support the Newcomer Kitchen project directly and our vision of expanding this model to support more women in more neighbourhoods.

Help us take this idea into any restaurant kitchen, in any city in the world!

Learn more about the Newcomer Kitchen project.