After more than 18 months of operation, and nearly 4000 meals served, Newcomer Kitchen is raising our price to $25 to better reflect both the value of these incredible 3-course, homemade meals as well as the rising costs of food, rent and administration. It takes a lot of work put this together every week, and we need to try and stretch our little budget as far as we can. Thanks to you, this remarkable little program has put nearly $100,000 into the pockets of more than 60 Syrian newcomer families since it began, and with your help, we hope to keep it going and growing.
[chicken] Moghrabieh bil D’jaj ُمغربیة بالدجاج ￼
Moghrabieh, meaning ”a dish from the Maghreb”, is based on a kind of giant couscous — small balls of semolina flour pasta. While now it is now common to purchase it pre-made, this week’s cooks Maryam and Mona with be leading the kitchen team and teaching everyone how to make them the traditional way: rolled by hand.
Moghrabieh is especially popular in Lebanon and Palestine — where it is called Maftoul مفتول (rolled). It is made with either lamb shanks or chicken – or sometimes both – and served at big family gatherings like Eid or weddings. The chicken is cooked with onion and spices like caraway, cumin, white pepper and cinnamon to create a rich, flavourful stock, which is then used to cook the moghrabieh along with chickpeas and pearl onions.
A version of moghrabieh topped by chickpeas, pearl onions and potato.
Salateh Jarjeer صلطة جرجير
Arugula is a widespread the Middle East since it thrives in sandy soils. This refreshing salad of peppery arugula is topped with fresh pomegranates seeds, tomato and onions, and dressed with a sumac, lemon, apple cider vinegar & olive oil.
Akras joz el hind bi m’rabah el moshmosh أقراص جوز الهند بمربى المشمش
Middle-Eastern coconuts macaroons with a light layer of apricot jam.
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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