Saturday, August 29, 2009

Hye Tea -- with a dainty portion of eggs and sausage!

No, I didn’t misspell it; I actually mean “HYE” tea.

For those who don’t know, “Hye” is the Armenian word for “Armenian.”

The British aren’t the only ones who enjoy their tea. “Chai," or “tay” as some Armenians say, is a popular beverage among Armenians.

For the past several years Armenian church Women’s Guilds have been hosting Hye Teas as a social event. For instance, St. Leon Armenian Church in Fair Lawn, NJ, has held several successful Hye Teas. I recently purchased their Hye Tea Social booklet which contains the
recipes they serve their guests, background information on High Teas, instructions on brewing tea, and even a “Tea Quiz."

If you’ve never been to Tea Social, you’re missing something special.

The refreshments are always attractive, tasty, and dainty. (If you have a hearty appetite, you might want to have a snack before you get there!) A selection of flavored teas is offered, and served in delicate porcelain tea cups.

English Tea menus depend on the type of tea service it is: Afternoon, Cream, or High Tea. Afternoon Tea offers tea sandwiches, scones, and cakes, while Cream Tea adds clotted or Devonshire cream to the menu.

High Tea includes meat, cheese, and egg items to the mix. How does Hye Tea differ? The addition of Armenian recipes, of course!

The Ladies at St. Leon serve traditional High Tea fare but add the Armenian touch with recipes such as, Zhazhig (cheese spread) and crackers, Lebneh and pita wedges, Eech on Romaine, Basturma and Egg salad, Soojoog and Scrambled Eggs, Mini Borags, Bird’s Nests, and Kourabia.

Now, THAT’S what I’m talking about!

Here’s the St. Leon recipe for Soojoog and Scrambled Eggs:

Peel the casing off of one soojoog (variously spelled soujouk, shujuk...) sausage. Cut it in pieces and put in a food processor. Process until crumbly.

Beat 6 eggs in a bowl. Mix in the soojoog.

Heat frying pan and melt ½ Tbsp. of butter in it. Pour in the egg and soojoog mixture and cook until eggs are set.

Serve in half a pita.

9 comments:

  1. I'm an armenian college student, I grew up in north jersey but now I live in philly. I was wondering if you had any idea where I could get sujuk? the last place I found any that was good was when I was still going to hye mrtsoom up in watertown ma. The greek store my mother goes to now, in kenilworth, doesn't carry sujuk or basturma anymore. I'm going into withdrawal from lack of armenian meats, I'd really appreciate if you could help me out.

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  2. Greta,
    I hear your plea... I'm not familiar with the Philly area, however, I found 2 possibilities on-line: Bitar's (www.bitar.com), and Makkah Market (www.makkahmarket.com). It's best to call first to see if they carry what you want.
    I'm also from north Jersey originally - my favorite place to shop is Nouri's on Main Street, Paterson. It's about 30 minutes north of Kenilworth on the GS Parkway, but worth the drive. Address: 997-1001 Main St. Paterson. Phone : 973-279-2388; toll free: 800-356-6874. Good luck in your search.

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  3. Hi, i was looking for a recipe and i came up with your blog.
    It is great that you help young generations to know these traditional recipes of ours.
    I just want to make a small correction. There are two types of sujuk, one is made from meat and spices, the other one is actually sweet and made from grape or mulberry juice and inside of it we put walnuts.. The shapes are the same so both are called sujuk.
    Here you gave a recipe of the meat sujuk but the photo you used demonstrates the sweet sujuk made of mulberry and walnuts inside.. This one is also great, and my all time favorite for cold winter nights, maybe you can also give your readers the recipe for that too..

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  4. Wow, Thats awesome. My wife and I were Married last October 30th at Saint Leon Armenian Church.

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  5. Hi !

    An armenian friend of mine make me taste the "sweet sujuk", the one with walnuts inside and coated with a grape (brown) syrup... and I have to say it was delicious (with a tiny spicy aroma). Unfortunately, since her mother cooked the thing, she was unable to provide me the recipe.... any hint on where to find the sweet sujuk recipe ?
    Thanks a lot !

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    1. I'm working on a sweet sujuk (rojik) item just for you - and anyone else who might be interested. Be warned, the preparation of rojik is lengthy and not for the faint of heart!
      Stay tuned...

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    2. That's wonderfully great from you ! Thanks ! :-)

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    3. In case you didn't see it, the story posted on Saturday, May 18th. Check it out! http://www.thearmeniankitchen.com/2013/05/easy-roejig-is-that-even-possible.html

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    4. I did :-)

      I even have left more questions ;-)

      Thanks again !

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