Food from Venezuela, Denmark, Belgium, and Djibouti (sort of)

We’ve done some international traveling this week. In the kitchen. And online. Ahhh the blessing of experiencing a taste of four different countries, right from the comfort of our own home.

Each of our boys chose a different country to study and write a report on last week. We’re wrapping up our official school year this week. This was kind of our final “big project.”  Yay!

One of their assignments was to make a recipe from their selected country. I mentioned this to you on my menu plan post earlier in the week. When I suggested that you all send us your Djibouti recipes, I had no idea that so many of you actually would! Ask and you shall receive. You all are da’ best. :)

And now I have to sheepishly admit to you that between finding and making all these recipes, finishing all of our school assignments, and preparing to go on a big trip next week (can’t wait to tell you about it!) – we still haven’t tried any of the Djibouti recipes. We’re leaning toward this one though, because it sounds like our family will really like it! In the meantime, Elias (age 11) took the advice of several of you and made milkshakes, naming them “Shake Djibouti.”  You’ve gotta love it.


Asa made Belgian Waffles. After looking at recipes online, knowing we would adapt it anyway to use healthier grains and oils – we pretty much just used our regular waffle recipe in a Belgian waffle iron. They were sooooo yummy! Especially topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. 


  Malachi made Danish Cinnamon Snails. We adapted the recipe (surprise, surprise) to use whole grains and sucanat and we loved how these turned out!


Last but not least, Justus and I made Venezuelan Tequenos. Sort of. I mean, I really don’t know how to convert kg and ml to cups and tablespoons. Not even a little bit. And searching online didn’t help. So, we just guessed at it and made a dough of sorts, wrapped it around some cheese, and fried it. They turned out tasty…but ugly. It’s okay. They got eaten in about five minutes.


It is now obvious to me that after eating all of these rich foods this week, it is time to Shake Djibouti. 

I’m talking about exercising. Not eating ice cream. Just to be clear.


  1. says

    sounds good but were are the recipes on the stuff ?


    Laura Reply:

    If we followed a recipe online, I linked to it in the post. Of course I adapted them a little bit. :)


  2. says

    We had to learn quickly when overseas.

    A KG is 2.2 pounds. 1 teaspoon is 5 ml or g. So a tablespoon is 15 ml or grams. Just keep doing the math and you have it all. :) 1/8 is 30, 1/4 is 60, 1/2 is 120, 3/4 is 180, 1 cup is 240. ML and G are the same measure just liquid or dry. Some digital scales measure in grams, you just need to press the button to get grams. Also, the older spring scales do.

    Love the name Shake Djibouti. Awesome. What was in them?


    Laura Reply:

    Thanks for the help on that! Elias just made the milkshakes with ice cream and milk in the blender. :)


  3. Donna says

    Your “travels” and recipes takes me back to our homeschooling days…..wonderful memories. Belgian waffles with strawberries and whipped cream are delicious but knowing your love of chocolate and that Belgium is THE chocolate capitol of the world where was your fudgey saucy goodness in that picture! :o)


    Laura Reply:

    Oh, good point! I guess we’ll just have to make those again in a few days and add chocolate. :)


  4. Deloris says

    Ohh, will I feel all tropical and magically begin doing the hula if I eat those chips? LOL I love the packaging!


  5. BUSY MOM IN AL says

    I laughed SO HARD at your last comment! I thought I was probably saying it wrong (in my head) but you confirmed I wasn’t! Shake Djibouti! Too funny . . . thanks for the laugh!


    becca banana Reply:

    me too….
    “it is time to Shake Djibouti”


  6. Barbara says

    I have never heard of Djibouti until reading today’s post this morning. This afternoon I was reading an article in Family Fun magazine and there was an article about a family that lives in Djibouti!


  7. Allison says

    If you every study Albania we could give you some good recipes although it would Turkish food because that is what the Balkan peninsula has. It is good food though.


  8. Birdie says

    I’ll shake a Djibouti too, as long as I don’t Tripoli 8-0 .. Laura, thanks, dear lady for the laugh 8-). Blessings.


  9. Ivelisse Baralt says

    Don’t worry, I’ll ask my Venezuelan friends for a recipe in our measurements. I don’t have a recipe ’cause I buy them at the supermarket or order it to my friends. You can bake them too, not as tasty though but still good. But I don’t know if you over fried them or is the kind of oil you’re using. When I’m not in a hurry I fry them but they don’t come out as dark as yours.


  10. says

    Mmm mmm … it all looks good but the Belgian waffles remind me of the 12 hour layover in Brussels that my brother and I had on our trip to Israel two years ago. My father had been there a couple years before en route to Liberia – helping a friend bring adopted children home – and he had taken lots of pictures, including one of a restaurant where they ate Belgian waffles. When my brother and I booked our flights and realized we would be in Belgium from about 8am to 8pm, we made plans to explore Brussels. We took the train from the airport to the old part of the city and no sooner had we left the station and walked a few steps … we saw the exact same restaurant that my father had shown us pictures of! We decided it was the perfect place to eat breakfast … waffles with whipped cream, strawberries and chocolate shavings!


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