Thursday, March 24, 2011

Culinary SOS!!

So, Olivia's cooking her way through the countries of the world. So far we've visited Afghanistan, Belgium, and Croatia.

Which means she's on to the letter D. We could try Dominican Hard-Boiled Eggs (with Poll) or Danish Meatballs.

But noooo. Jason is campaigning for Djibouti.

Djibouti! (I think he just likes to say it!)

So, dear world-traveling readers... we need your help! What Djiboutian (djibuotan? djiboutite?) recipes would you suggest? SOS!


  1. According to a 2005 World Health Organization estimate, about 93.1% of Djibouti's women and girls have undergone female genital cutting. That is female circumcision. Why? Why cook from a country those culture support this inhumane treatment?

  2. Recipes here
    Blog of American
    family life
    Little French, Indian, Africian.
    "There are quite a number of Djibouti recipes that would definitely keep people coming back for more after relishing the lip-smacking delicacies. One of the popular recipes of Djibouti is Soupe djiboutienne (Fah- Fah). Another recipe of the country is Djibouti Lentils which is popular as a side dish. One of the delicious foods, which is usually served as the food for the main course in Djibouti is the Yetakelt Wet which is actually a preparation of spicy mixed vegetable stew. Berber Sauce, Nitter Kebbeh, Banana Fritters are some more popular recipes of the country."

  3. Hi Kathlucky,

    Thanks for writing. I know FGC is a huge issue there, as well as other places (Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Indonesia, etc).

    But I don't think that's a reason to exclude recipes from Djibouti or any other country with traditions with which we disagree.

    Here's why. This project with our girls is partly about cooking, but also about opening up conversation about culture, politics, geography, and family. We not only learn to make a dish. We also talk about its country of origin, what that country is like, how people live there, etc.

    You should hear the conversations in our house! I dare say our girls are much more informed about religion, politics, culture, diversity, history, etc than many of their friends -- and that's because of our dinner-time conversations. Some folks might say they're "too informed" (we have, afterall, talked at length about genocide and other difficult subjects), but we believe it's our job to make them informed and responsible world citizens).

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I hope you'll visit us again and contribute to the conversation!


  4. Kathlucky,

    You were posting your second comment, while I was writing, so I completely missed it.

    Thanks for the recipes. I'm curious -- have you spent time in Africa?


  5. I want to come to your house for dinner and conversation. Y'all are just the coolest people!

  6. I think my favorite dish from cooking Djibouti was the laxoox. My daughter loved it - I'm sure your kids would too. It can be served for breakfast or any other meal of the day. Check on my site under Djibouti. Good luck!

  7. Kathy -

    You know you're welcome any time! Just not tonight b/c we're stinky (it's soccer/gymnastics night) and we're out of food! (Caribbean-Style Kale and Bacon... SOOO good!)


  8. Sasha -

    "Laxoox" sounds like a Dr. Seuss animal ;-)


  9. Oh, and Olivia's protesting Jason's choice of djibouti. Apparently she's got her heart set on Denmark. She calls the shots on this series, so guess we'll be making....


  10. Thanks for the note, I'm glad to have found your blog! I'll post a recipe today on Djibouti Jones, others have been asking as well. I definitely support Jason's choice of Djibouti! This is a great way to teach your family about the world. I made a cookbook this year called Djiboutilicious, there's a post about that too on the blog, if you want to show your daughter.

    And yes, there are terrible things that happen in some countries, but there are also amazingly good things too, I appreciate your attitude of using this as a learning opportunity about more than just food.

    I work for an NGO called Resource Exchange International, there's a link to it on my blog.

    Oh, and your first try: Djiboutian, is how they say it, with an 'sh' sound for the 't'.

  11. Djibouti Jones -

    Thanks for stopping by! It's great to hear from you... and I can't wait to check out your recipes (even if we can't get to making one for a while. Once Olivia gets her mind set on something she can be a little ornery!)

    Your blog is great... I look forward to living vicariously through you!