This week we’re featuring a selection of some the many kinds of fatayer found in Syrian cuisine… Tender, homemade flour dough is rolled out and either topped or stuffed with a variety of fillings before being baked. The meat meal includes 1 beef + 1 cheese fatayer; the vegetarian meal has 1 muhammara + 1 cheese fatayer; all meals come with the delicious musabaha dip, fattoush salad and the fabulous Syrian rice pudding for dessert.
[Beef] Sfiha صفيحة
Sfiha is a type of fatayer which is a round-open face baked flatbread topped with spiced halal ground beef, tomato, parsley, onion, pomegranate molasses and pine nuts.
[come with both] Fatayer Jibneh فطاير جبنة
Is different style of fatayer that has little boat shape topped with a mix of cheeses, parsley and nigella seed brushed with eggs and milk to give a beautiful golden colour.
[Vegetarian] Fatayer Muhammara فطاير المحمرة
Muhammara is a spicy red pepper paste originally from Aleppo but found in countless variations throughout the Levant. The villages of Lattakia and Tartous are famous for using it in their fatayer combining it with tomato paste, onion and olive oil, and slathering it on rolled rounds of dough with a sprinkling of white & black sesame seeds before baking in ovens.
A kind of home-style, deconstructed hummus, sometimes served warm and also popular for breakfast for brunch, made with whole chickpeas in a tahini & yogurt sauce, garlic, with lemon and olive oil garnished with parsley and Aleppo pepper.
Fattoush is a popular Levantine bread salad made from toasted or fried pieces of pita bread (khubz arabi) combined with mixed greens, fresh vegetables like tomatoes, cucumber and radish,pepper but vary according to season and region. Fresh mint and parsley lend a freshness and complexity, and dried sumac (the same staghorn sumac that grows here in Ontario) gives the olive oil-based dressing a distinctive tangy flavour.
Roz bel Haleeb رز بحليب
Wherever you find rice, you’ll probably find a version of rice pudding. This creamy Syrian version is scented with cardamom, vanilla and rosewater, and garnished with pistachio.
Newcomer Kitchen’s weekly pop-up take place on WEDNESDAYS.
Meals are available for pickup from The Depanneur, 1033 College Street (between Dufferin & Dovercourt) from 6–7pm
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Newcomer Kitchen is a new project that invites groups of Syrian newcomer 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 a source of revenue for the cooks.
We also offer “Guest Cook” spots on Wednesdays where you can help & hang out in the kitchen, learn the recipes and join the ladies for family meal. These can now be booked via AirBnB Experiences.
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!