[Lamb] Yabrak يبرق
Stuffed grape vine leaves can be found on tables all around the Eastern Mediterranean. This Syrian recipe, by Khadija El Ebrahim from the city of Kamishli, features a ground lamb and rice filling seasoned generously with garlic, mint, Aleppo pepper, black pepper, with a bit of pepper paste. The carefully stuffed and rolled leaves are interleaved with potatoes and lamb bones before being covered with lamb broth, whole garlic gloves, lemon, and olive oil, before a slow cooking that infuses the whole dish with an incredible depth of flavour. Served with fresh pita bread.
[vegetarian] Yalanji بالنجي
The equally popular vegetarian version features a seasoned rice filling flecked with parsley, pomegranate molasses, tomato, onion, garlic, mint, olive oil, lemon, black pepper, and uniquely seasoned with a tiny bit of ground coffee. These are also cooked with along with some potato, and served with fresh pita bread
Salatet Alkhus سلطة الخس
A simple green salad of romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber and carrots, radish with fresh mint and a lemon, garlic, olive oil, seasoned with Sumac.
Halaweh bel Jebin حلاوة بالجبن
Syria is home to a wide variety of cheeses, some of which make appearances in their delicious desserts. For this dish, an outer layer is prepared with semolina, sugar, and a stretchy, chewy cheese like mozzarella, and then rolled around a cool milky cheese like ricotta. The soft cheese rolls are then drizzled with sugar syrup and decorated with crushed pistachios
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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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!