Kabsa is a family of rice dishes believed to have originated in Saudi Arabia, where it is commonly regarded as a national dish. It can be found in most Arab states of the Persian Gulf (where it is also known as makbūs مكبوس), and also in Jordan, Palestine and Southern Syria.
These dishes are usually made long-grain, such as basmati, meat – in our case halal chicken – some finely cut vegetables, and a mixture of spices, of which there are countless regional variations, but might include black (dried) lime, cloves, cardamom, saffron, cinnamon, black pepper, bay leaves and nutmeg. This particular recipe also features the addition of tiny golden raisins and butter-fried almond.
[vegetarian] Kabsa كبسة
A vegetarian version of this dish, garnished with green peas, roasted peppers and carrots, topped with butter-fried cashews and almonds, golden raisins and hard-boiled eggs.
Originally from the mountains of Syria and Lebanon, tabbouleh has become one of the most popular salads in the Middle East. A fragrant herb salad of parsley and mint, tomato and onion, with a scattering of bulgur, and seasoned with olive oil, lemon, and salt.
Many kinds of cookies are baked to celebrate Eid, the festivities at the end of Ramadan, each family with a recipe of their own. These delicious cookies are made with semolina and sesame seeds, scented with anise and Mahlab, a spice derived from cherry kernels that adds a marzipan-like almond aroma.
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!
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