Newcomer Kitchen is a new project that invites groups of Syrian refugee moms to use restaurant kitchens 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.
NOTE: during Ramadan (until July 7) there will be no family meal as the cooks are fasting, but our guest cook will get a meal to take home.
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Menu — June 23
[beef] Auzy with Beef أوزي
A decadent and luxurious meat pie from Damascus, auzy combines a filling of spiced ground beef (halal), rice and peas with rich almonds and pines nuts that have been fried to golden in butter, all wrapped in a buttery phyllo pastry shell and baked to until crispy.
[vegetarian] Auzy with Mushrooms أوزي
Same as the beef auzy, but made with cremini mushrooms instead of beef.
Khyar belaban خيار بلبن
Much like tzatziki, it’s well-known Greek cousin, this combines cool yogurt with garlic and cucumbers, but the addition of mint makes for an especially delightful, cool and refreshing summer salad.
A light, delicate semolina cake, made golden with turmeric and fragrant with anise, vanilla, and coconut, studded with black sesame seeds and topped with pistachio.
We also have a few extra Fatayer Harra (فطاير المحمره) that we made for the Luminato Festival, frozen in bags of 5. Made with spicy Aleppo pepper paste, tomato, walnuts and olive oil, they reheat beautifully, and I just cut mine in half and pop them in the toaster! Amazing with eggs, salad or soup. [vegan]
Note: bags of fatayer can be picked up, but cannot be delivered separately, only together with a meal order.
Meals will go on sale on Tuesday at 7am.
Meals will be available for pickup from The Depanneur, 1033 College Street (between Dufferin & Dovercourt) from 6–7pm on Thursday, June 9.
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Please indicate “PICKUP” or “DELIVERY” in the Order Notes at the Checkout.
Tonight’s meal is available in limited quantities. Proceeds from the sales of these dishes help pay for all the ingredients prepared by the moms to take home to their families, with any remaining proceeds shared amongst the cooks. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Learn more about the Newcomer Kitchen project.