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.
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.
Menu — June 9
[beef] Shishbarak شيش برك
Almost every cuisine in the world has their comfort food dumplings, and Syria is no exception. A soft dough is handmade from flour, salt and water and then filled with cooked onions, olive oil, halal ground beef, salt and pepper and then baked. A thick, tangy yogurt sauce is prepared by cooking strained yogurt with starch, which is then spiced with aromatic fried garlic and coriander. The dumplings are added to the sauce and the dish is served alongside Rez bel Shairieh (rice with vermicelli).
[vegetarian] Fasolia bel Zait with Rez bel Shairieh فاصوليا بالزيت و رز بالشعرية
Green beans and garlic slow-cooked in olive oil with tomatoes and garnished with tart pomegranate molasses; served with a side of Rez bel Shairieh (rice with vermicelli).
Salatet Batata سلطة بطاطا
Cubes of tender potato combined with tomatoes and finely cut fresh mint leaves and drizzled with olive oil.
One of the most popular traditional Syrian desserts, this simple cake of semolina, butter, sugar and yogurt is garnished with slivered almonds before being baked. The warm cake is drizzled with simple syrup scented with lemon. Today’s cake will (hopefully) be baked in the wood ovens at Dufferin Grove Park.
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 9.
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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.