We’re back! With summer in full swing and beautiful local vegetables filling up the markets, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to kick off with one of the ladies’ favourite dishes.
[beef] Kousa Mahashi كوسا محشي
Stuffed zucchinis are a dish cherished by the former Ottoman Empire, and popular from the Balkans to the Levant. The small, young pale green zucchini known as white marrows are the most popular. They are hollowed out with a special tool and stuffed with a mix of spiced ground halal beef, rice and spices, and cooked in a tomato broth with a hint of cinnamon.
[vegetarian] Kousa Mahashi كوسا محشي
We’ll also be making a vegetarian version of the dish with a seasoned tomato, onion and rice filling
Served with fresh pita bread and Mutabal Kousa ( متبل كوسا), a delicious meze dip ingeniously made with tahini, yogurt and the zucchini hearts that have been excavated when making the mahashi. Note: This Newcomer Kitchen recipe was recently featured in Lucy Waverman’s column in the latest LCBO Food & Drink Magazine!
Salateh Jarjeer صلطة جرجير
A refreshing salad of peppery arugula with fresh pomegranate and onions, with a apple cider & lemon vinaigrette.
Ka’ak bil halib كعب بالحليب
Long, thin & buttery sesame-crusted cookies flavoured with vanilla, anise and mahlab, an amaretto-scented Syrian spice made from ground cherry pits.
Meals are available for pickup from The Depanneur,
1033 College Street (between Dufferin & Dovercourt) from 6–7pm
foodora sponsors FREE Delivery within 3km radius
(approx. Keele to Spadina, St. Clair to Lakeshore)
NEW 6km Delivery Option!
If you live outside the free delivery zone, we are testing a new delivery option in partnership with foodora: $10 flat fee for any address within a 6km radius
(approx. Park Lawn to DVP, Eglinton to Lakeshore).
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!