[beef] Bulgur Bandoura برغل ببندورة
Bulgur, whole wheat that has been parboiled, dried and then cracked, is one of the very nutritious staple grains in Syrian cuisine. It comes in a range of colours, from pale yellow to dark brown, and grinds, from very fine to coarse. In this classic dish, bulgur is cooked with tomatoes (bandoura), onions and olive oil to give it a rich, tangy flavour and a moist texture almost approaching a risotto. It is topped with small cubes (suqaar) of halal beef, that has been braised in a seasoned broth (which is also used to cook the bulgur), and garnished with some chickpeas, parsley, and pickles.
[vegetarian] Bulgur Bandoura برغل ببندورة
The vegetarian version will be cooked in seasoned tomato juice with onions and olive oil, generously topped with with extra chickpeas, and garnished with colourful tangy pickles.
Khyar Belaban خيار بلبن
Yogurt and cucumbers with a touch of garlic is popular combination throughout the Mediterranean, but the addition of mint makes for an especially delightful, cool and refreshing salad.
Fatayer al tofah فطاير تفاح
These crescent-shaped cookies are a specialty of Ghada, one of our talented cooks. She says they are originally from Turkey, but are widely made in Syria where they are know under a number of different names. These attractive, buttery cookies are stuffed with a delicious homemade apple jam; slits in the cookie reveal the filling.
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!
Help us take this idea into any restaurant kitchen, in any city in the world!