[beef] Mahashi Bialllahma محاشي باللحمة
[vegetarian] Mahashi Nabatia محاشي نباتية
Stuffed vegetables were cherished by the former Ottoman Empire, and they made them popular from the Balkans to the Levant. Pale green young zucchinis are very popular, but almost any vegetable can be Mashi (stuffed). Today it’s a combination of eggplants (batenjan), tomatoes (bandoura) and peppers (flefle), stuffed with a mix of ground halal beef and rice, or a spiced rice mixture for a vegetarian option.
Mutabal Batenjan متبل باذنجان
Syrian home cooking is notable for its economy and minimal waste. The pulp scooped out of the middle of the eggplants when they are cored to make Mahashi is not thrown out, but rather cooked up and combined with yogurts, tahini, garlic & lemon to transform it into a delicious meze dip similar to baba ganoush. Served with fresh pita.
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.
An classic Syrian dessert, a rich buttery semolina and yogurt cake, garnished with almonds and drizzled with a orange-blossom infused syrup.
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!