Cooking · Olympic Games Rio 2016

Traveling the Olympics

The Summer Olympics have always been something I look forward to and get excited about watching.  I dreamed of being an Olympic Athlete when I was a little girl, the event I wanted to qualify for was the one that I was watching that day, a swimmer, a diver, a gymnast, a synchronized swimmer.  Then, I dreamed of being Flo-Jo.

In the hopes to get the family excited about this, and to expand our cultural and Olympic knowledge, I have planned (am in the processes of planning) an August menu with a meal from a different country that is in the 2016 Olympic Games.

There are 206 countries that are participating in the Summer Games and there are 31 days in August, so we had some narrowing down to do.  I have two cook books that we are using:

The Frugal Gourmet on Our Immigrant Ancestors: Recipes You Should Have Gotten from Your Grandmother by Jeff Smith

The New York Times International Cookbook by Craig Claiborne.


I wrote down the name of the counties included in the cookbooks, cut them out, and placed it in an Olaf party hat and Jacob drew the names.

Here are the countries we are cooking with in August:

Traveling the Olympics

  1. Italy – (we ordered delivery pizza from Marchello’s)
  2. Cambodia – Cambodian Steak Salad
  3. Turkey – Chicken with Walnut Sauce
  4. Puerto Rico – Chicken Asopao and Pineapple Flan
  5. Brazil – Picadinho a Brasileira and Bananas a Brasileira
  6. Czech Republic – Stuffed Pork Chops in Sour Cream
  7. China – Eggrolls and Fried Rice
  8. Benin – Shrimp Dahomienne and Rice Bujumbura
  9. Korea – Stir-Fried Pork with Kimchee, Beef Bulgogi, and Spinach
  10. Denmark – Short Ribs of Beef with Caraway and Danish Mustard
  11. Jamaica – Beef Patties and Yallahs
  12. Belgium – Waterzooie
  13. Ireland – Dublin Coddle and Colcannon
  14. Switzerland – Veal, Swiss Style, Gruyere Potatoes, and Swiss Squash
  15. Trinidad – Trinidad Roast Pork and Coucou
  16. Fiji – Baked Cod in Cream Sauce and Palusami
  17. India – Curry with Basmati Rice and Fried Okra
  18. Mexico – Pork Tacos
  19. Vietnam – Pork Rolls
  20. Out of town (was Poland)
  21. Lebanon – Kibbe and Lebanese Baba Ghanoush
  22. Japan – Beef Teriyaki and Spinach with Sesame and MIso
  23. Yugoslavia (no longer a country) – Burek
  24. United States – Fried Chicken, Green Beans, and Mashed Potatoes
  25. Peru – Picante de Gallina
  26. Hungary – Beef Goulash
  27. Thailand
  28. Indonesia – Gado-Gado
  29. Morocco – Mussala and Couscous
  30. Sweden – Beef a la Lindstrom
  31. Greece – Moussaka

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