Newcomer Kitchen at PaintBox — WED Dec 12
Note: due to the recent romaine lettuce recall, we are substituting an arugula salad for the lettuce salad in tonight’s dinner
[chicken] D’jaj mishwi bil thoom wil za’tar w’ eklil el Jabal
دجاج مشوي باللثوم و الزعتر و إكليل الجبل
Potatoes have become part of the comfort food repertoire all over the world, and the Mediterranean is no exception. Everywhere from France to Greece to Egypt has their own version of a simple and satisfying meal of roast chicken and potatoes. This popular Syrian recipe features halal chicken quarters roasted with thyme and rosemary along with plenty of garlic, and a side of local new potatoes roasted with thyme.
[vegetarian] Yakanett a’arnabeet يخنة قرنبيط
The bountiful autumn harvests of Syria and Canada are the inspiration for this traditional light stew of grilled cauliflower, onions, and green beens and chickpeas simmered in a sauce of fresh tomatoes and seasoned with cumin and garlic. Served over a bed of fluffy calrose rice and sprinkled with freshly chopped parsley.
Salatet Alkhus سلطة خس
A simple green salad of romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber and carrots, with fresh mint and a lemon, garlic, olive oil.
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, a specialty of Homs, an outer layer is prepared with semolina, sugar, and a stretchy, chewy Akawi cheese (like a fresh mozzarella). It is then rolled around a cool creamy filling like clotted cream or ricotta. These soft cheese rolls are then drizzled with sugar syrup and decorated with crushed pistachios.
Newcomer Kitchen’s weekly pop-up take place on WEDNESDAYS
This week’s meals are available for pickup from PaintBox Bistro
555 Dundas St E. (between Parliament & Sumach) between 6–7pm
Free 3km Delivery
foodora sponsors FREE Delivery within 3km radius.
(approx. University to Greenwood, Glen Rd. to Lakeshore)
Flat Rate 6km Delivery
If you live outside the 3km free delivery zone, foodora can deliver for $10 within a 6km radius
(approx. Brock to Main, Eglinton to Lakeshore)
Pickups & deliveries take place between 6–7pm
Orders placed after 4pm on Wednesday can be for pickup only
Newcomer Kitchen is a new project that invites groups of Syrian newcomer 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 a source of revenue for the cooks.
We also offer “Guest Cook” spots on Wednesdays where you can help & hang out in the kitchen, learn the recipes and join the ladies for family meal. These can now be booked via AirBnB Experiences.
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!