[fish] Sayadieh صيادية
Fish and seafood is something of a rarity in Syrian cuisine, but it does appear in the specialities of areas along the Mediterranean coast in the East. In this dish (roughly translated as “fisherman’s dish”), white fish (tilapia) is delicately seasoned with a blend of warm spices (baharat), and served atop long grain rice cooked in a flavourful, rich brown caramelized onion and fish stock. It is garnished with fried almonds, pine nuts and crispy fried onions, and served with lemon & tahini sauce known as Taratour.
[vegetarian] Fasolia bel Zait 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).
Salateh Malfouf سلطة ملفوف
A cool, refreshing salad made of chopped cabbage, diced tomatoes and pomegranate seeds, dressed with olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, sumac, and fresh mint.
Knafeh Nabulsia كنافة نابلسية
This version of knafeh, a dessert with a base of mild white cheese (known as Nabulsi) topped with a crispy shredded pastry surface, doused with a scented sugar syrup, originates in the Palestinian city of Nablus as far back as 10th century, but variations spread with the Ottoman Empire to include much of the Middle East.
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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