[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 chickpeas, green peas, and local squash.
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, with parsley and mint, tomato and onion, with a scattering of bulgur, and seasoned with olive oil, lemon, and salt.
Qatayef (or Katayef) is kind of sweet filled with ricotta, clotted cream, fruit and/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 are folded into little bundles (or sometimes deep-fried) before being drizzled with a honey or sugar syrup.
Newcomer Kitchen’s weekly pop-up take place on WEDNESDAYS
This week’s meals are available for pickup from CSI Annex
720 Bathurst Street (between Bloor & Harbord) between 6–7pm
Free 3km Delivery
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(approx. Symmington to Sherbourne, St. Clair to Lakeshore)
Flat Rate 6km Delivery
If you live outside the 3km free delivery zone, foodora can deliver for $10 within a 6km radius
(approx. Runnymede to Jones, Glencairn to Lakeshore).
Pickups & deliveries take place between 6–7pm
Orders placed after 4pm on Wednesday can be for pickup only
Newcomer Kitchen is a new project that invites groups of Syrian newcomer 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 a source of revenue for the cooks.
We also offer “Guest Cook” spots on Wednesdays where you can help & hang out in the kitchen, learn the recipes and join the ladies for family meal. These can now be booked via AirBnB Experiences.
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!