NOTE: These workshops are NOT at The Depanneur!
They are at the FIDO Kitchen at Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, M4W 3X8 > MAP
Over the last two years, Newcomer Kitchen has tapped into the tremendous culinary talent in the newcomer Syrian community to create exciting economic and social opportunities. In that time, many people have expressed interest in learning some of their fabulous recipes.
So this December, in collaboration with Evergreen Brick Works’ Winter Village, Newcomer Kitchen is offering a fun, hands-on workshops exploring several traditional Syrian cookies, typical of what would grace the family table at holiday or gatherings.
Rich, buttery shortbread cookies stuffed with a date or walnut filling , often pressed into decorative shapes in carved wooden molds. They also can be made by hand and ingeniously finished with tongs.
Ka’ak el Eid
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.
A crisp, buttery cookie studded with pistachio pieces and covered in sesame seeds, barazek are one of the most famous sweets of Damascus, and a popular gift often brought by people visiting from Syria.
Participants will get to enjoy some of their cookies with coffee or tea at the end of the class, and there will be extras to take home (if you don’t eat them all!).
Newcomer Kitchen is a project that invites Syrian newcomer women 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.
Evergreen Brick Works is a hub — a place where the world can experience sustainable ideas that enable flourishing cities of the future. In 2010, Evergreen transformed a collection of deteriorating heritage buildings into a global showcase for green design and an award-winning public space. Open year-round, Evergreen Brick Works welcomes more than 500,000 visitors annually to experience its public markets, participate in conferences and events, enjoy outdoor learning and nature play, and explore public art in the heart of Toronto’s ravine system.