Newcomer Kitchen is a new project that invites groups of Syrian refugee moms to use restaurant kitchens to cook food for themselves and their families in a fun, social setting. Additional meals are prepared, packaged and sold online for pickup or delivery to pay for all the ingredients and provide an honorarium for the cooks.
NEW! – As a fundraising experiment, we are offering up 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 will be available for purchase online, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Menu — June 2
Burgul Behommos برغل بحمص [chicken]
Burgul (aka bulgur wheat), is a dried cracked wheat that is an ancient staple of the Middle and Near East. It is typically made from whole grain durum wheat that has been coarsely ground, soaked, steamed and dried, a process that enhances its shelf life and nutritional profile. Compared to white rice, bulgur has more fiber and protein, a lower glycemic index, and higher levels of most vitamins and minerals.
Burgul Behommos is a festive dish which many Syrians take pride in cooking for family gatherings and celebrations. Chicken and chickpeas are boiled with spices and set aside. Then the burgul is cooked in the rich chicken broth, before being re-combined with the chickpeas and topped with the deboned chicken.
Majaddarat Bulgur مجدرة برغل [vegetarian]
Well known in many Syrian villages, this staple dish of bulgur, lentils and onions is highly regarded for its nutritional value and health benefits. 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 fried onions, and served with fresh yogurt, some fresh vegetables and a selection of pickled turnips, small cucumbers and hot peppers.
Salateh Naameh سلطة ناعمة
This “fine salad” can be found throughout the middle east, with tomatoes, cucumber, and white onion are finely diced and seasoned with olive oil, mint and lemon juice. The perfect, fresh compliment to hearty burgul dishes.
Halaweh bel Jebn حلاوة بالجبن
Syria is home to a wide variety of cheeses, some of which make appearances in their delicious desserts. For this dish, an outer layer is prepared with semolina, sugar, and a stretchy, chewy cheeze like mozzarella, and then rolled around a cool milky cheese like ricotta. The soft cheese rolls are then drizzled with sugar syrup and decorated with crushed pistachios.
Meals will go on sale on Tuesday at 7am.
Meals will be available for pickup from The Depanneur, 1033 College Street (between Dufferin & Dovercourt) from 6–7pm on Thursday, June 2.
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Please indicate “PICKUP” or “DELIVERY” in the Order Notes at the Checkout.
Tonight’s meal is available in limited quantities. Proceeds from the sales of these dishes help pay for all the ingredients prepared by the moms to take home to their families, with any remaining proceeds shared amongst the cooks. Your support is greatly appreciated.