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.
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.
Meals are available for pickup from The Depanneur,
1033 College Street (between Dufferin & Dovercourt) from 6–7pm
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Meals go on sale on Tuesday at 7am.
Please indicate “PICKUP” or “DELIVERY” in the Order Notes at the Checkout.
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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Learn more about the Newcomer Kitchen project.