Makhlouta means “mixed” in Arabic, and in the Middle Eastern kitchen, this typically refers to an ancient dish of mixed beans, legumes and grains. A classic warm comfort food, Makhlouta can range from a soup to a thick, chili-like stew, with countless different variations and ratios of ingredients. This thick, hearty version, popular in and near Lebanon, is made with broad beans (foul), white and red kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils, bulgur, and rice slow cooked together, flavoured with onion, cumin, Aleppo pepper and black pepper, garnished with fresh parsley.
This version is topped with awarma, a type of confit of very small cubes of beef that have been salted and slowly cooked in fat, allowing it to be preserved for long periods of time. The result is a rich, savoury ingredient that gives a big flavour boost to many Levantine dishes – on can think of it like halal bacon!
The #vegetarian version of the makhlouta simply does not have arawama on top. Both come with Khabbaz El Samun bel Toum, delicious buttery garlic bread with lemon, parsley, and black pepper.
Salateh Naameh سلطة ناعمة
This “fine salad” can be found throughout the Middle East, with tomatoes, cucumber, and white onion are finely diced and seasoned with olive oil, mint and lemon juice.
Knafeh Nabulsia كنافة نابلسية
This version of knafeh, a dessert with a base of mild white cheese (also known as Nabulsi) topped with a crispy shredded wheat dough (kataifi), 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. Nablus is still renowned for its knafeh — they even made a giant one weighing in at 1,350kg for the Guinness Book of World Records!
Newcomer Kitchen’s weekly pop-up take place on WEDNESDAYS.
Meals are available for pickup between 6–7pm from The Depanneur, 1033 College Street (between Dufferin & Dovercourt) MAP
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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 “Guest Cook” spot to help/hang out in the kitchen, learn the recipes and join the ladies for family meal on Wednesday (10:30-4:30). 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 help the Newcomer Kitchen project directly and our vision of expanding this model to support more women in more neighbourhoods!
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