It’s almost St. Sarkis Day again! This feast day on the Armenian Church calendar, is celebrated 63 days before Easter – somewhere between January 18th and February 23rd. This year, St. Sarkis Day falls on Saturday, February 15th.
This time around, I want to share a recipe I found which is made expressly for this day.
The recipe is called Aghablit – a salty wafer or bread. This recipe comes from Sarkis Kolanjian, owner of Sarkis Pastry, Pasadena, CA.
Here’s the very short story related to this feast day:
Aghablit is eaten on St. Sarkis Day by single girls who ultimately go to bed thirsty. They hope to dream about a special someone who would bring them water to quench their thirst. This dreamy vision would provide a glimpse of their future spouse. If there was no such dream, chances for a marriage looked rather dim.
(There’s much more to this story, so if you are interested, I highly recommend Irina Petrosian’s book, “Armenian Food: Fact, Fiction, and Folklore”.)
I thought I’d give these a try, and I have to say …I’m glad I’m already married, because these salty, chewy morsels were not very pleasing!
My family LOVES stuffed grape leaves, (aka sarma or yalanchi) but the process of stuffing…