At the end of last December, after recovering from the joy and of hosting Christmas with family and friends, I received a most-interesting request from recently wed Lindsay Peckham of Weymouth, MA.
|Lindsay, grandmother Rencie, and husband Jay Peckham|
“I just recently came upon your blog and couldn’t be happier! My paternal grandmother is half Armenian which only makes me a small percentage, but since I was very young I have always had an interest in everything Armenian! I guess you could say I feel more Armenian than I actually am! Every year – since before I was born – my family has had an Armenian cook-out where we indulge in all the wonderful Armenian food. A few years ago my grandmother taught me how to make kourabia and now I have turned it into my own Christmas tradition making it for family and friends. The reason for my email…besides telling you how much I appreciate your great blog…is to ask for some advice. I know that Armenian Christmas is on January 6th. My family has never done anything on that day, but now that I am married I was thinking that it would be nice to start my own tradition. I would like to host a small Armenian brunch that weekend and hopefully it will become an annual event. Do you have any suggestions of some things I could make for this occasion? We have a small apartment and an even smaller kitchen (literally no counter space)! I’d like to make a few different things, but since I have limited space, nothing overly complicated. Any suggestions or advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated! I look forward to reading more of your blog and trying out some of the many recipes.”