What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than with immersive, all-day cooking workshop with Newcomer Kitchen on the delights of Syrian home cooking?
In late 2016, The Depanneur & Butler’s Pantry teamed up with the fabulous cooks from Newcomer Kitchen to host Canada’s first Syrian Brunch Pop-Up, a sold-out event that reached as far as the pages of SAVEUR Magazine.
Since then, many people have expressed interest in learning some of these fabulous recipes, so for this holiday Monday, The Dep and Newcomer Kitchen are teaming up to offer a full-day, hands-on workshop delving into a some of the most popular dishes, as well as some new ones. The class will cover a number of delicious and traditional Syrian recipes, and will include a light meze lunch and food to take home.
— Morning —
Prepare the dough for the saj bread, and set it aside to rise.
Jazmaz — a stellar dish of eggs cooked in a delicious tomato sauce and garnished with awarma (optional) — a unique preparation of small cubes of salted halal beef confit — the Syrian answer to bacon bits!
Foul mokhala — broad beans are a popular breakfast dish throughout the Levant. This delightful dish of sautéed broad beans with garlic and coriander is extra special when made with fresh young beans, but is also easily made with readily-available frozen beans.
— Lunch —
A fabulous brunch spread of the fresh Jazmaz and Foul will be served along with some labneh, pitta bread and a selection of Middle Eastern jams, juice and coffee or tea.
— Afternoon —
You’ll learn how to make 2 exquisite mezze dips, as well as a chance to roll out and bake traditional Syrian flatbread on the domed saj oven.
Muhammara — a rich, complex and slightly spicy dip of roasted red peppers, tomato, walnuts, pomegranate molasses and Aleppo pepper.
M’tabbal Kousa — a light, refreshing alternative to the more common baba ganoush, made with zucchini in a light yogurt and tahini dressing with garlic and fresh herbs.
The day will wrap up with an afternoon coffee break and chance to enjoy your freshly-made mezzes and bread, and take home any extras.
Newcomer Kitchen is a nonprofit initiative, started at The Depanneur in 2016, that aims to create social and economic opportunities for newcomer women through food based projects. What started as small gesture of hospitality blossomed into an innovative new model of facilitated entrepreneurship that has worked with more than 80 Syrian families, and paid out over $150,000 directly to these amazing women. Our goal is to create a model that can be replicated with any newcomer group, in any restaurant kitchen, in any city in the world.
Learn more about the Newcomer Kitchen project
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