Newcomer Kitchen – Communication Basics

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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/

NEWCOMER KITCHEN — May 26

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Newcomer Kitchen
is a new project that invites groups of Syrian refugee moms to use restaurant kitchens to cook food for themselves and their families in a fun, social setting. Additional meals are prepared, packaged and sold online for pickup or delivery to pay for all the ingredients and provide an honorarium for the cooks.

NEW! – As a fundraising experiment, we are offering up 1 guest cook 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 will be available for purchase online, on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
Menu — May 26
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[beef] Shamborak شمبورك
by Ameena from Al Qameshly, in the North of Syria.
Probably the ancestor of every meat pie in the Western world. Thin, yeasted wheat flour dough is stuffed with a mixture of cooked onions and halal ground beef spiced with black pepper, and then baked (or sometimes fried). We are going to try and bake some of these in the wood-fired bread oven in Dufferin Grove Park, weather and logistics permitting.
 
[vegetarian] Harraq Esbaoo حراق اصبعو
by Ameena AlShaar from Damascus.
A very old and well-known dish in Syria, the name translates “burning his finger”. The notion is that the dish is so delicious, that diners can’t resist going for it before it cools, so they burn their fingers. Lentils and fresh, hand-cut pasta are cooked together with spices then mixed with onions, coriander, and a tamarind & pomegranate molasses dressing, then garnished with crispy fried pita croutons, caramelized onions, fresh coriander and fresh pomegranate seeds.
 
Ok, here’s my stab at Syrian humour:
How did the Syrian hipster burn his fingers?
He ate his Harraq Esbaoo before it was cool.
[#rimshot]
 
Salateh Malfouf سلطة ملفوف
A cool, refreshing salad made of chopped cabbage and diced tomatoes then dressed with olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, sumac, pomegranate seeds and fresh mint.
 
Ghoraibeh غريبه
These delicate pistachio-topped baked shortbread cookies are usually made for Eid (the celebration at the end of Ramadan) as a festive dessert.
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$20 +HST

Purchase here

Meals will go on sale on Tuesday at 7am.
 
Meals will be available for pickup from The Depanneur, 1033 College Street (between Dufferin & Dovercourt) from 6–7pm on Thursday, May 26.
 
Foodora has sponsored FREE Delivery within 3km radius
 
Please indicate “PICKUP” or “DELIVERY” in the Order Notes at the Checkout.
 
Tonight’s meal is available in limited quantities. Proceeds from the sales of these dishes help pay for all the ingredients prepared by the moms to take home to their families, with any remaining proceeds shared amongst the cooks. Your support is greatly appreciated.
 

NEWCOMER KITCHEN — May 19

Newcomer Kitchen is a project that invites groups of Syrian refugee moms to use restaurant kitchens to cook food for themselves and their families in a fun, social setting. Additional meals are prepared, packaged and sold online for pickup or delivery to pay for all the ingredients and provide an honorarium for the cooks.

[chicken] Elrgaga or al makameer (الرقاقه أو المكامير) is a very famous traditional dish from the countryside around Daraa, a city in the southwest of Syria near the border with Jordan. When there is a big occasion with many guests, groups of neighbourhood women get together and make a big batch. Many layers of thinly rolled dough are layered with onions caramelized in olive oil and chicken that has been poached in a spiced broth, and then baked until golden and crispy on top. (The name translates as “the chip”, probably referring to the crunchy top layer that absorbs the flavours of the dish). This dish was originally suggested by Majda, so we reached out to Maryam and her daughter in law, who are also from Daraa and experts in making it.

[vegetarian] Muhammara (فطاير المحمره) is a spicy red pepper paste originally from Aleppo but found in countless variations throughout the Levant. The villages of Lattakia and Tartous are famous for their fatayer delicious Syrian “pizzas” made by combining muhammara with tomato paste, onion and olive oil, slathering it on rolled rounds of dough with a sprinkling of white & black sesame seeds before baking in wood-fired clay ovens.

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

Ayran (عيران) is a cool savoury yogurt-based drink that is a popular accompaniment to bread and meat dishes throughout the Middle East. This version adds a touch of dried mint to make it especially refreshing.

Qataief (قطايف بالجبنه) is a very well-known Syrian dessert especially popular during Ramadan, with roots in Damascus reaching back to the or Umayyad (661-750) or Abbasid (750-1258) dynasties. Pastry half-moons are stuffed with nuts, unsalted cheese or cream, and drizzled in a sweet syrup.
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$20 +HST
PURCHASE HERE

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Meals will be available for pickup from The Depanneur, 1033 College Street
(between Dufferin & Dovercourt) from 6–7pm on Thursday, May 19.

Foodora has sponsored FREE Delivery within 3km radius

Please indicate “PICKUP” or “DELIVERY” in the Order Notes at the Checkout.

Tonight’s meal is available in limited quantities. Proceeds from the sales of these dishes help pay for all the ingredients prepared by the moms to take home to their families, with any remaining proceeds shared amongst the cooks. Your support is greatly appreciated. 

 

Learn more about the Newcomer Kitchen project.

 

Toronto Star — Toronto restaurant becomes Syrian home-cooking hub

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By KARON LIU  |  Food Writer
Thu., May 12, 2016

The Depanneur opens its doors to Syrian refugees itching to cook.

Inside a tiny corner west-end restaurant on a sunny Thursday afternoon, the sounds of someone playing the bongos and women singing Syrian folk songs fill the room as the dozen or so Syrian women sing and chat away at the stoves. On the burner are stockpots of cinnamon-scented beef simmering in creamy spiced yogurt. Pans of golden-brown semolina cakes are cooling on the counter, glistening with the syrup they were brushed with. These women aren’t just cooking; they’re preserving the cuisine of a country where millions of its people are being displaced.

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Newcomer Kitchen — May 11

Newcomer Kitchen keeps on rocking it! Last week we sold out all our pickup dinners at The Dep, earning enough money to pay for ingredients for 60+ meals and cash for the cooks — and had a ton of fun doing it. We’re going to do it again this week on Wednesday at Butler’s Pantry, and Foodora.ca is on board to sponsor us with free delivery! Follow the project on the webpage, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or email, and stay tuned for more developments!

Wednesday, May 11 — 6-7 pm

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Malfouf & Mahalabia

Syrian cabbage rolls with seasoned ground beef and rice. Vegetarian: chard leaves stuffed with rice, tomatoes, onion, garlic & parsley. Comes with yogurt & cucumber salad, fresh pita bread. Dessert: mahalabia, a layered pudding of lemon & orange blossom scented custard and chocolate pudding separated by a layer of biscuits.
Pickup and delivery only.

ORDER HERE

Amazing Newcomer Kitchen video by Suresh Doss

Recently #Toronto’s @thedepanneur hosted another popup #food event where a group of newly landed #Syrian moms cooked up a delicious dinner menu. There are many Syrian refugee families in Toronto, still in hotels awaiting relocation with no access to kitchens to prepare meals. Depanneur’s @newcomerkitchen project aims to provide kitchen space and the necessary tools for these families, so they can cook food for their themselves and their families. The recent popup was a public one where guests were able to purchase meals online and pick them up at the Dep. It was an incredible experience hanging out these lovely ladies and tasting their food. The plan is to make it a weekly popup, so follow Dep for more info and please go and support our new neighbours. Food brings people together, while the rest of the world contemplates segregation and new borders, in this town we build bridges and forge new relationships. Go #Canada.

A video posted by Suresh Doss (@suresh) on

Newcomer Kitchen – April 20

Another amazing day, this one including a full shopping trip, and making hundreds of delicious kibbeh from scratch! A huge thanks for all the hard work of our volunteers, and to Joe’s No Frills for their generous contribution towards our groceries.

Newcomer Kitchen – Day 1

Wednesday was an exciting and important day for The Dep, the realization of a project that an amazing group of volunteers have been working on for many weeks. The idea was simple: there were many Syrian refugee families stuck in hotels awaiting relocation, often for weeks on end, with no access to kitchens. Could we make The Dep available to them so they could cook food for their themselves and their families, in a fun, social setting?

It was more challenging than expected to find a way to connect with the community of families in the hotels, navigating bureaucratic and language barriers, but thanks to the hard work of some amazing people including Rahaf & Esmaeel Al Akabani and Yasmine Nasef from The Welcome Project, Mahmoud Allouch and Roula Ajib from the Arab Community Centre, and the incredible support of Caroline Keenan, Andrea Diaz Varela, Cara Benjamin-Pace, Michelle Krasny (who also took these great photos) and Basil AlZeri, it all came together.

The day was a big success, with nearly a dozen mothers, young and old, coming together to cook and hang out and share a meal. The goal is to try and make this a regular event at The Dep, and once they get comfortable in the space, to invite them to make extra food that can be made available for sale for pick-up or delivery, providing them a revenue stream and entrepreneurial opportunity. There are still lots of logistical issues to figure out, from transportation to scheduling to child care to translation, but if today’s success is any indication, this amazing group will figure it all out.

As we figure out new ways to help this project along, we may be reaching out to our community for support. To stay up to date on the project as it evolves, check in on http://thedepanneur.ca/category/newcomerkitchen/