MENU — September 15
Eid Mubarak everyone! September 12 was Eid Ul-Adha, a major Muslim holiday celebrating the story of the Prophet Ibrahim (aka Abraham to Jews and Christians), and the test of his faith that involved the near sacrifice of his son. This holiday is often marked with the sacrifice of an animal such as a sheep or a goat, whose meat is shared with family, friends and neighbours as well as the poor. This is also the time when many Muslims choose to perform the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca.
[beef] Yalanji (بالنجي)
Stuffed grape vine leaves can be found on tables all around the Eastern Mediterranean. This Syrian recipe, by Nada K. from the city of Homs, features a ground beef and rice filling seasoned generously with parsley, mint, onion and black pepper, with a bit of finely ground coffee that adds complexity and depth. The are cooked in a tangy sauce of tomato, lemon, pomegranate and olive oil, and served with fresh pita bread
[vegetarian] Yalanji (بالنجي)
The vegetarian version features a seasoned rice filling flecked with green pepper.
Tabbouleh (تبولة )
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 of parsley and mint, tomato and onion, with a scattering of bulgur, and seasoned with olive oil, lemon, and salt.
Ma’amoul el eid ( معمول العيد )
Rich, buttery shortbread cookies stuffed with a date filling are a traditional holiday treat for Eid, often pressed into decorative shapes in carved wooden molds.
Meals are available for pickup from The Depanneur, 1033 College Street (between Dufferin & Dovercourt) from 6–7pm on Thursday, Sept. 15
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Meals go on sale on Tuesday at 7am.
Please indicate “PICKUP” or “DELIVERY” in the Order Notes at the Checkout.
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!
Help us take this idea into any restaurant kitchen, in any city in the world!
Meals go on sale Tuesday morning at 7am