[Beef] Shishbarak شيش برك
Almost every cuisine in the world has their comfort food dumplings, and Syria is no exception. Similar to the tortellini-like dumplings known as manti in neighbouring Turkey, this traditional dish is popular in both the North and South of Syria. Each city has their distinctive way to make it; this recipe is typical of Damascus.
A soft dough is made from flour, salt and water, and small dumplings are hand-filled with a mixture of cooked onions, halal ground beef, “seven spices” (baharat) and black pepper before being baked. A thick, tangy yogurt sauce is prepared by cooking strained yogurt with starch, which is then spiced with aromatic fried garlic. The dumplings are added to the warm sauce, which is then garnished with fresh coriander and toasted pine nuts, and served with Rez bel Shairieh (rice with vermicelli).
[Vegetarian] Shishbarak شيش برك
These delicious dumplings are filled with a mix of chickpeas, onions and walnuts, spiced with baharat, an arabic mix of seven spices. The are also served in yogurt sauce alongside Rez bel Shairieh.
Saltet Sabanek سلطة سبانخ
Fresh spinach salad with red onion and tomato, dressed in an olive oil vinaigrette with garlic, sumac, pomegranate molasses and mint.
A broad term for a range of sweets made from dates (“tamar” is the word for date), this attractive recipe of date paste in spiral around a buttery cookie-crumb filling is scented with spices and decorated with crushed pistachios.
Newcomer Kitchen’s weekly pop-up take place on WEDNESDAYS.
Meals are available for pickup between 6–7pm from The Depanneur, 1033 College Street (between Dufferin & Dovercourt) MAP
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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 “Guest Cook” spot to help/hang out in the kitchen, learn the recipes and join the ladies for family meal on Wednesday (10:30-4:30). 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 help the Newcomer Kitchen project directly and our vision of expanding this model to support more women in more neighbourhoods!
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