For this very unique speciality of Aleppo, I found this lovely summary by food blogger Corinne Mossati:
“The people of Aleppo have a shared passion. Not only do they pride themselves in food that is steeped in culinary traditions and guard their recipes close to heart, they undeniably affirm their cuisine as the best in the Middle East. As one of the world’s oldest inhabited cities, Aleppo’s cuisine takes inspiration from the mosaic of cultures that have inhabited Syria over the millennia, as well as more recent influences of the Ottomans and Armenians.
Talk to Aleppians about food and they’ll sing a litany of delicacies culminating in one dish unique to their city. Kabab Bil Karaz is a cherry kabab made with minced lamb and wishna, a small and sour black cherry that grows on the outskirts of the city… From the first taste I had in Aleppo, I was completely taken with the perfect balance of sweet and sour flavours, the unique presentation on triangular pieces of bread decorated with pine nuts and parsley.”
[beef] Lahmeh bil karaz لحمة بالكرز
Lightly spiced beef meatballs in a sweet & sour sauce made from sour cherries, garnished with pine nuts and served with fresh pita bread.
[vegetarian] Foul moukala فول مقلّى
Broad beans sauteed with garlic and coriander, with radish & pickles & fresh pita
Saltett hindbeh سلطة هندبة أو هندباء
Dandelion greens salad with tomatoes, onion, mint, garlic, lemon & olive oil
A broad term for a range of sweets made from dates (“tamar” is date), this attractive recipe of date paste in spiral around a buttery cookie-crumb filling is scented with spices and decorated with crushed pistachios.
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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