And we’re back with the first Newcomer Kitchen meal of 2019!
[Beef] Shishbarak شيش برك
Almost every cuisine in the world has their comfort food dumplings, and Syria is no exception. Similar to the tortellini-like dumplings known as manti in neighbouring Turkey, this traditional dish is popular in both the North and South of Syria. Each city has their distinctive way to make it; this recipe is typical of Damascus.
A soft dough is made from flour, salt and water, and small dumplings are hand-filled with a mixture of cooked onions, halal ground beef, “seven spices” (baharat) and black pepper before being baked. A thick, tangy yogurt sauce is prepared by cooking strained yogurt with starch, which is then spiced with aromatic fried garlic. The dumplings are added to the warm sauce, which is then garnished with fresh coriander and toasted pine nuts, and served with Rez bel Shairieh (rice with vermicelli).
[Vegetarian] Shishbarak شيش برك
These delicious dumplings are filled with a mix of chickpeas, onions and walnuts, spiced with baharat, an arabic mix of seven spices. The are also served in yogurt sauce alongside Rez bel Shairieh.
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.
Ras el Abid bil Smead راس العبد بالسميد
In this traditional sweet popular in Homs city, semolina is cooked with milk, cocoa & coconut, then flavoured with vanilla and orange blossom water. When it has cooled down, it is shaped into balls and rolled in coconut, cocoa or crushed pistachio.
Newcomer Kitchen’s weekly pop-up take place on WEDNESDAYS.
Meals are available for pickup from The Depanneur, 1033 College Street (between Dufferin & Dovercourt) from 6–7pm
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(approx Keele to Spadina, St. Clair to Lakeshore)
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If you live outside the 3km free delivery zone, foodora can deliver for a $10 within a 6km radius
(approx. Park Lawn to DVP, 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!