already forgotten. It’s a bit embarrassing when the film in question is as huge
as Iron Man or Avatar.
national blockbuster, and that’s the real shame.
about a 70-something Armenian who gets cast in a reality TV show. He “adopts” a
dysfunctional American family and restores both sanity and humor to their lives
by dispensing Old Country-style wisdom and, alternately, slapping the father
across the head.
story to fellow students at an English-as-a-second-language class. The first
clue that Rafael is a real Armenian comes when he is about to reveal to the
class his dying mother’s last wish but answers his cell phone instead.
struck me as hilarious as well as authentic, as it should be considering the
story, as well as the character, are the creation of Vahik Pirhamzei, an
Armenian actor and comedian from Iran.
shop while trying to break into the movie industry. Plus, as Uncle Rafael
proudly announces to the class, Hamo also sells used cars “with no license!”
fun and Uncle Rafael’s advice is actually quite solid. It’s also worth noting
that the film is extremely professional: You’ll recognize many of the actors,
and the production values are excellent.
Amazon’s streaming video collection. If you’re Armenian, it’s well worth
seeking out. If you’re not, I’d still be curious to know what you think. The
mainstream reviews were not glowing, but for my money Vahik is at least as
funny as Tyler Perry.
One of the running gags is about nazook, a flaky Armenian pastry
resembling rugelach, which is served to everyone on every occasion whether they
need cheering up or just filling up.
thinking … this was one recipe we hadn’t posted on The Armenian Kitchen.
with coffee, tea, or even a cup of hot chocolate.
|Nazook – ready to serve!|
pecans, or unsalted pistachios are recommended)
or currants may be substituted)
1 tsp. cinnamon
and Assembly Directions’)
to rest for 10 minutes.
2. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt and softened
butter; mix with a pastry blender, fork or your hands until mixture is crumbly.
mixture, add egg, vegetable oil, lemon juice and yeast-yogurt mixture, mixing
well. Dough might be a bit sticky. If so, add a little more flour, but do not
dry out the dough.
traditionally mark the top of the dough ball with a “+”, symbolizing a cross.)
plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 4 hours, or overnight.
Mix the 1 cup of melted butter and flour until combined.
Add sugar, chopped nuts (if using), apricots, raisins or currants (if using),
vanilla, cardamom, and cinnamon. Stir until the mixture is smooth.
3. Remove dough
from refrigerator; divide into 4 equal portions.
ball into a rectangle. Brush with melted butter.
|Steps 4 and 5 – edges folded over|
1/2” border. Gently press the filling into the dough with your hands so that
the filling sticks to the dough. Fold the edges in 1/2” over the filling.
|Step #6- dough rolled into a log
it into a long log shape, making sure the filling stays in place. Gently
flatten with the log the palms of your hands.
log into 2” pieces using a serrated knife or a crinkle cutting tool.
8. Arrange each piece, seam-side down, on lightly greased
– or – parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing the nazook at least 1 ½ inch
apart from each other to allow for even baking.
for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown. Place each nazook piece on a wire
rack to cool completely.