Once the Wheat berry is boiled,
spread it out on clean towels.
My Bulgarian friend explained to me:
In a separate place crush up (triturate) some biscuits/cookies/crackers (they should be lenten now). If you don’t have biscuits/cookies/crackers you can put hard-baked flour ( put one cup flour in a pan an put it on the hot-plate, stir it without interruption until the flour becomes brown).
Mix well the boiled and dried jito with the biscuit’s powder.
I put raisins in,
and plumped them a little bit by pouring some boiling water
over them in a pan.
Watch them that you do not over cook them;
the raisins do not have to be in the water more than 5 - 10 minutes.
I made some hard baked flour
as I did not have cookies;
there is a biscuit called Marie Biscuit
that another Bulgarian uses to sweeten the Kolivo.
My friend continues:
Put the mix in a bowl and before living for the church cover it with powder sugar (otherwise the powder sugar will melt quickly and wll wet the jito).
On the top of the powder sugar you can put some decoration like a Cross or something else, also you can put some walnuts. The nuts you can put also in the jito/biscuit mix.
I chose to go without nuts so that I could give out the Kolivo without worry
of anyone having allergies to nuts.
After the service,
I cut up the bread
and put the Kovlivo in disposable cups with spoons
and handed them out.
Bulgarians have the priest pour a little bit of red wine
in the bread
(or the Kolivo if the bread is not able to be used).
You hand the food to the people attending in memory of
your beloved one
and traditionally the response of the person receiving the food is
to the effect of
May God forgive them.