Our last Newcomer Kitchen meal of 2017!
[beef] Mosakett Batinjan bil Lahmeh (مسقعة باذنجان بالحمة)
Eggplants and tomatoes are at the heart of many wonderful Levantine dishes. This dish, a flavourful eggplant stew with green peppers, chickpeas and beef meatballs is a relative of Greek Moussaka or Lebanese Maghmour.
[vegetarian] Mosakett Batinjan ( مسقعة الباذنجان )
The vegetarian version of this dish is equally popular throughout Syria and Lebanon.
Both are served with Majaddarat Bulgur مجدرة برغل
Well known in many Syrian villages, this staple dish of bulgur, lentils and onions is highly regarded for its nutritional value and health benefits. In Syria, lentils, with their high iron content, are sometimes called the “meat of the poor” ( المجدرة لحم الفقراء); or “nails for your knees” (المجدرة مسمامير الركب) in the sense that they help keep you on your feet for a long time. In majaddarat, brown lentils are boiled then bulgur is added to the broth; sliced onions slowly caramelized in olive oil, until crispy and then the flavoured oil is added to the lentil-bulgur mix, and the finished dish topped with the fried onions.
Khyar belaban خيار بلبن
Much like tzatziki, it’s well-known Greek cousin, this combines cool yogurt with garlic and cucumbers, but the addition of mint makes for an especially delightful, cool and refreshing summer salad.
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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(approx. Keele to Spadina, St. Clair to Lakeshore)
NEW 6km Delivery Option!
If you live outside the free delivery zone, we are testing a new delivery option in partnership with foodora: $10 flat fee for any address within a 6km radius
(approx. Park Lawn to DVP, Eglinton to Lakeshore).
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!