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 30
[beef] Kibbeh Labaniyeh كبة لبنية
Kibbeh is one of the most quintessential Levantine dishes; versions are found from North Africa to Central Asia, and Syria alone boasts over 20 variations. Bulgur wheat is soaked, combined with spices and formed into small patties, balls or torpedos, featuring a variety of different fillings; the results can be fried, baked, barbequed or cooked in many different sauces. This version features a classic filling of ground lamb, beef, spices and pine nuts, and the finished kibbehs are cooked in a rich yogurt sauce. Our cook even made the yogurt from scratch last week! This dish is served alongside plain white rice.
[vegetarian] Kibbeh Labaniyeh كبة لبنية
Same as the beef kibbeh, but stuffed with onions, mushrooms and pinenuts..
Originally from the mountains of Syria and Lebanon, tabbouleh has become one of the most popular salads in the Middle East. A fragrant herb salad, with parsley and mint, tomato and onion, with a scattering of bulgur, and seasoned with olive oil, lemon, and salt.
A spectacular dessert composed of many layers of paper-thin crepes, seasoned with turmeric, ginger, anise and black sesame – traditionally cooked on the large domed saj oven – which are layered with rich sauce made from sesame halva, and garnished with fried walnut pieces.
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 30.
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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.