Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to enjoy a delicious take-home meal prepared by Newcomer Kitchen participants. Meals for this pop-up event are prepared and packaged, and then sold online for pickup to pay for all the ingredients and provide some money for the cooks.
“We are a group of Newcomer Kitchen women willing to work together as a powerful team to cook and to learn. We cook delicious food and our food is great medicine”.
—Alida, Amal, Batoul, Gaithaa, Jihan and Yassmin
Yalanji الغاز الطبيعي المسال
Yalanji is a popular Syrian vegetarian appetizer. A fragrant, smokey rice and tomato filling is rolled into grape leaves and cooked for several hours in a tangy, lemony sauce. The word Yalanji originates in Turkey and means ‘liar’. The famous Yalanji was associated with the word liar is because the grape leaf hid the fact that there was no meat and only vegetables inside. Women gather together and socialize while they stuff and roll these delightful and beautiful appetizers.
Cheese Fatayer – فطاير الجبنv
Cheese Fatayer are common in the Middle East. Eaten in the morning or evening as a celebration food or a simple snack, these soft and satisfying little pies can be filled with all sorts of delicious fillings from meat to spinach and cheese. Our version of the Fatayer is filled with two types of cheese – Akawi and Ricotta and enhanced with a mixture of fragrant spices and garnished with a sprinkle of colani and sim sim (sesame seeds).
Molokhia with Chicken ملوخية الدجاج
Molokhia is a dish that originated in Egypt and is made with Molokhia leaves, and chicken. The word Molokhia means ‘for royalty’. The Molokhia leaf is also called Jew’s Mallow, Jute Mallow or Green Mallow. It can be found frozen and dried in most Middle Eastern Grocery stores. The leaf which is similar to spinach is highly nutritious filled with vitamins B6, potassium, iron, vitamin A and vitamin C and is known to be very good for digestion. When stewed with ghee, coriander, garlic and chicken, it becomes a rich, hearty, comforting dish. Lemon pairs very well with this dish so always nice to add a extran wedge of lemon as a garnish.
Vegetarians will enjoy this dish with chickpeas in place of the chicken
Salateh Naameh سلطة ناعمة
This fresh and colourful chopped salad is common throughout the Middle East. Finely diced tomatoes, cucumber, and white onion are tossed with olive oil, fresh mint and lemon juice.
Middle Eastern Orange Cake كعكة البرتقال
Freshly squeezed orange juice, fragrant orange zest, and finely shredded coconut flakes make this lightly sweet, golden and slightly citrus cake a perfect ending to a delightful meal.