MONDAY, Oct. 9 | 10am-4pm
An all-day cooking workshop on Thanksgiving Monday!
In the last year and half, Newcomer Kitchen has tapped into the tremendous culinary talent in the newcomer Syrian community to create exciting economic and social opportunities for over 60 families. In that time, many people have expressed interest in learning some of their fabulous recipes, so for this Thanksgiving Monday, The Dep and Newcomer Kitchen are teaming up to offer a full-day, hands-on workshop delving into some of our most popular Syrian dishes. The class will cover a number of delicious and traditional Syrian recipes, and will include a light meze lunch and delicious food to take home.
— Morning —
Kibbeh Lahmeh Bel Sayniyeh
A unique version of one of the the most traditional and famous Syrian dishes. Bulgur wheat, finely ground halal beef and spices are combined into two layers sandwiching a filling of spiced ground beef, toasted pine nuts, and pomegranate seeds. It is then artfully pre-sliced and decorated with blanched almonds before being baked.
Less common than the familiar baba ganoush or hummus, this delicious meze dip made is with zucchini, tahini, yogurt and garlic. This Newcomer Kitchen recipe was recently featured in Lucy Waverman’s column in LCBO Food & Drink Magazine!
— LUNCH —
Versions of stuffed grape vine leaves can be found on tables all around the Eastern Mediterranean. This Syrian recipe features a seasoned rice and tomato filling flecked with green pepper. The are cooked in a tangy sauce of tomato, lemon, pomegranate and olive oil.
Halaweh bel Jebn
Syria is home to a wide variety of cheeses, some of which make appearances in their delicious desserts. For this dish, a specialty of Homs, an outer layer is prepared with semolina, sugar, and a stretchy, chewy Akawi cheese (like a fresh mozzarella). It is then rolled around a cool creamy filling like clotted cream or ricotta. These soft cheese rolls are then drizzled with sugar syrup and decorated with crushed pistachios.
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.
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!
Every Monday, The Depanneur invites TO’s best culinary talents to lead fun, hands-on workshops.