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 the Newcomer Kitchen Ladies from Greenest City in Parkdale. We are from India, Tibet, Colombia and Syria. Each week we meet to share and learn about food and business. Sometimes we cook together and share our delicious creations with you. We hope you like it.”
—Seham, Tsering, Yega, Rychen and Silvia
Swiss Chard and Syrian Cheese Shabaley with Spicy Apple Chutney
Sha-bha-ley is one of the most popular and mouth-watering dishes of Tibetan cuisine and the first to go at any traditional gathering. Shabhaley are either deep fried or pan fried. The pan fried version is also called sokpo sha-bhaley. The pastry dough used for Shabaley is thicker than the delicate momo wrapper, crisp on the outside while slightly airy inside. In Tibet it is common to use Yak meat in the filling since it widely available. However, here in Canada, it is usually made from beef or veggies. Here we have filled our Shabhaley with swiss chard, soybeans and homemade Syrian cheese. Typically Shabaley are dipped in chili sauce but we have paired our Shabaley with a sweet and spicy seasonal apple chutney made with seasonal apples and Indian flavours.
Chicken Biryani stuffed Ouzi (عزي)
The Syrian Ouzi is a small crispy, flaky baked parcel made out of thinly rolled phyllo pastry. You will be surprised by a delightfully spicy Indian style Chicken Briyni filling. Fragrant long-grained rice is layered with chicken, carrots, peas and cauliflower that have been cooked in a mixture of garlic, ginger, chili powder, mint, cilantro, garam masala, cinnamon, cardamom and cumin. We have tucked this exotic one-dish meal into a Syrian Ouzi that is delicious served with our tangy Beet and Chickpea salad.
Vegetable lovers will enjoy an ouzi stuffed with a delicious rice pilaf featuring carrots, peas, cauliflower.
Beet and Chickpea salad
Colourful and delicious, this tangy salad is the perfect accompaniment to any dish. Creamy chickpeas tossed with sweet, earthy beets pair well with a light dressing of lemon and olive oil and a garnish of fresh mint.
Baklava bracelets (Asawar El Sit (سوار الست)
Baklava is known to be the first sweet of the Middle East dating back to the 8th century BC. It is popular in Syria, Lebanon and Turkey. Once known as a dessert only for the rich, it is now enjoyed by everyone and served at many celebrations from weddings to festivals. Baklava comes in all shapes and sizes. This beautiful type of Baklava features layers of phyllo pastry formed into a ring and filled with ground pistachio, drenched in an aromatic and flavourful blossom water syrup. Baklava bracelets are beautiful to look at and delicious to eat.