What better way to celebrate Canada Day Holiday Monday than with immersive, all-day cooking workshop with Newcomer Kitchen on the delights of Syrian brunch?
In late 2016, The Depanneur & Butler’s Pantry teamed up with the fabulous cooks from Newcomer Kitchen to host Canada’s first Syrian Brunch Pop-Up, a sold out event that reached as far as the pages of SAVEUR Magazine. (In fact, it has recently re-launched at Butler’s Pantry’s Roncesvalles location).
In that time, many people have expressed interest in learning some of these fabulous recipes, so for this holiday Monday, The Dep and Newcomer Kitchen are teaming up to offer a full-day, hands-on workshop delving into a some of the most popular dishes, as well as some new ones. The class will cover a number of delicious and traditional Syrian recipes, and will include a light meze lunch and food to take home.
— Morning —
Prepare the dough for the saj bread, and set it aside to rise.
Jazmaz — a stellar dish of eggs cooked in a delicious tomato sauce and garnished with awarma (optional) — a unique preparation of small cubes of salted halal beef confit — the Syrian answer to bacon bits!
Foul mokhala — broad beans are a popular breakfast dish throughout the Levant. This delightful dish of sautéed broad beans with garlic and coriander is extra special when made with fresh young beans, but is also easily made with readily-available frozen beans.
— Lunch —
A fabulous brunch spread of the fresh Jazmaz and Foul will be served along with some labneh, pitta bread and a selection of Middle Eastern jams, juice and coffee or tea.
— Afternoon —
You’ll learn how to make 2 exquisite mezze dips, as well as a chance to roll out and bake traditional Syrian flatbread on the domed saj oven.
Muhammara — a rich, complex and slightly spicy dip of roasted red peppers, tomato, walnuts, pomegranate molasses and Aleppo pepper.
M’tabbal Kousa — a light, refreshing alternative to the more common baba ganoush, made with zucchini in a light yogurt and tahini dressing with garlic and fresh herbs.
The day will wrap up with an afternoon coffee break and chance to enjoy your freshly-made mezzes and bread, and take home any extras.
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!
Help us take this idea into any restaurant kitchen, in any city in the world!
Every week, The Depanneur invites TO’s best culinary talents to lead fun, hands-on workshops.
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