[chicken] Fatteh Djaj فتتة جاج
Fatteh (فتّة meaning crushed or crumbs) is a broad category of Levantine dishes made with pieces of crispy flatbread layered with yogurt and other ingredients. It is popular across Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan and Southern Syria, but uncommon further North. This dish is so closely associated with Syrian food that it is also known as shâmiyât (شاميات ) or ‘Damascene’. This recipe, by Suher J. from Sweida, is notable for its use of golden, turmeric-and-spice-infused basmati rice and its garnish of butter-fried walnuts. The dish is built up in layers of bread, rice, yogurt & tahini sauce, chicken, nuts, and garnishes. We will be preparing this dish in parts – crispy bread (dry), rice & chicken (to be warmed) and sauce (room temperature) separately, so they can be combined at the last moment for the best combination of flavours, temperatures and textures.
[vegetarian] Fatteh Hummus فتتة حُمُّص
Fatteh with crispy pita, seasoned rice, yogurt-tahini sauce and walnuts, with chickpeas instead of chicken.
Salateh Naameh سلطة ناعمة
This quintessential Mediterranean 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.
Joz Al-Hind أقراص جوز الهند
Chewy coconut macaroon-like cookies with a hint of vanilla and lemon peel.
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 spot to help/hang out in the kitchen, learn the recipes and join the ladies for family meal on Thursday afternoon. 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 support the Newcomer Kitchen project directly and our vision of expanding this model to support more women in more neighbourhoods!
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