[chicken] 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. The finished dish is topped with the fried onions, and served with a garnish of fresh vegetables and a selection of pickles. While often served on it’s own as main dish, we’ll be adding a Syrian-style tender braised-then-broiled halal chicken leg quarter to each dinner.
[vegetarian] Majaddarat Bulgur مجدرة برغل
The hearty and fortifying Syrian vegetarian staple, served with some cool, creamy chickpea hummus on the side.
Saltah Horania (سلطة حورانية)
Horan is a broad highland plateau in Southwestern Syria that includes the cities of Daraa and Sweida, and is where this refreshing tomato salad with white and green onions, garlic, mint, olive oil & lemon hails from.
Roz bel Haleeb رز بحليب
Wherever you find rice, you’ll probably find a version of rice pudding. This delicious, creamy version is scented with cardamom, vanilla and rosewater, and garnished with some fresh, ruby-red pomegranate seeds.
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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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