[beef] Yabrak يبرق
Stuffed grape vine leaves can be found on tables all around the Eastern Mediterranean. This Syrian recipe, features a ground beef and rice filling seasoned generously with parsley, mint, onion and black pepper. Some cooks add a bit of finely ground coffee that adds complexity and depth. They are cooked in a tangy sauce of tomato, lemon, pomegranate and olive oil, and served with fresh pita bread.
[vegetarian] Yalanji (بالنجي)
Yalanji referes to a range of vegetarian dishes stuffed with a seasoned rice filling, including this version of stuffed grape leaves flecked with green pepper.
Most people in Toronto are familiar with falafel, probably the most universally known Middle Eastern street food as a sandwich in a pita pocket with various toppings. However Syrian falafels are unique in several ways. Larger, donut-shaped, and crusted in golden sesame seeds, these deliciously seasoned chickpea fritters are served as a warm mezze for snacking.
Jazar bil Tahini جزر بطحينة
A beautiful, pale orange carrot and tahini dip, perfect for dipping with the crispy falafel.
Kaak bel Ajweh كعك بالعجوة
Delicious, date-stuffed cookies flavoured with vanilla, anise, sesame seeds and mahlab, a spice derived from cherry kernels that imparts a lovely marzipan aroma. These cookies are popular in Lebanon around Easter, where they are known as “Crown” cookies, their ring shape are thought to evoke Jesus’ crown of thorns.
Meals are available for pickup from The Depanneur,
1033 College Street (between Dufferin & Dovercourt) from 6–7pm
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(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!
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