Food items Makes the Earth Go ‘Round!

by Morgan Mosburg

Have you ever needed to be an explorer? I know suitable now it would be tough to do it, and your getaway vacation plans may well be postponed. But it is not impossible. Be part of me and my Girl Scout Troop 1510 to explore the globe by your kitchen!

Our Project

Our troop is doing the job on our Silver Award, and we have partnered with TulsaKids to share understanding about many amazing cultures and kid-helpful cuisine. Furthermore, we want to assist some regional family members-owned restaurants that may possibly be battling thanks to the pandemic. We are heading to publish a sequence of blog site posts in which we consider attention-grabbing foodstuff so we can vacation by taste and learn about the planet all around us.

Our Desired destination

Have you or any of your spouse and children viewed the animated Disney film identified as “Up”? If you did, do you recall the vacation spot of Paradise Falls? These falls were being primarily based on a authentic spot in a place we are going to explain to you about currently. This put is referred to as Angel Falls. Do you know the country in which it is situated? I’ll give you some clues. This country is shut to twice the size of California and is the 33rd major state. It is in South The united states. Just one of their most important exports is crude oil. Just one of its up coming-doorway neighbors is Brazil. If you explained Venezuela, congratulations, you are suitable!


Venezuela: Specifics and Tradition

An fascinating truth is that Venezuela has a good deal of gas, but there is not a ton bought in Venezuela. It can get people today numerous days to get gasoline in their auto. The language spoken in Venezuela is Castilian Spanish. A popular holiday break that some people today celebrate is Carnival in February with drinking water balloon fights, tunes and dancing in the avenue and just acquiring a great time.

Did you know that the U.S. is about 11 periods bigger than Venezuela? The length from Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Venezuela is 2,768 miles. Venezuela’s geography is pretty numerous and spans from sea degree to La Columna (or Bolivar Peak), which is 16,332 toes.

El Arepaso Venezuelan Cafe


We would like to introduce you to El Arepaso Venezuelan Cafe, a Tulsa family members-owned Venezuelan restaurant situated at 8036 S. Yale Ave. All of the dishes on their ordinary menu are frequent meals that people in Venezuela could try to eat on a every day foundation. But they also have a holiday break menu all over this time, which includes a Christmas plate that that has pork, rooster salad, jamon (a sort of yummy ham bread), and hallacas (Venezuelan tamales).

El Arepaso also usually has exclusive, off-menu things on the weekends like soups and beef stew. Specials are shared on Fb and their web site.

Meet up with the Owners

The proprietors of this restaurant are Elena Hart and her mom. They opened the cafe simply because Elena’s grandmother experienced owned a cafe in Venezuela, and her mom wished to do the similar in the U.S. They’ve lived listed here for over 10 years but opened the cafe about a yr ago. Elena was born in Venezuela and arrived to the U.S. at a youthful age simply because her father had a job in Tulsa. Their loved ones lived in Anzoátegui, which is off the northern coastline of Venezuela.

Arepaso is a perform on phrases for arepa, a traditional Venezuelan cornbread.

Favorites From El Arepaso Venezuelan Cafe

We had the great possibility to test several of their comfort and ease foods, and boy, ended up they delightful. We realized as before long as we split open up the freshly-produced empanada and the gooey cheese center stretched as long as my arm, that this week’s recipe would be a keeper! The attractive sauces also designed each and every bite a delicious treasure. At the time you try out this, you will want to position your get right away for an in-person go to, carryout, or GrubHub delivery.

Really don’t neglect to try out Elena’s favourite product on the menu, which is the Pabellon Arepa, a cornmeal sandwich with cheese, shredded beef, black beans, and plantains. My family’s favorite was the Cachapa Con Queso and the Pepito (which can normally be observed as a road food stuff). We remarkably suggest that you save room for their appealing beverages and delectable desserts also! And remember to do us a favor and also inform Elena “Hola” (hello in Spanish) and that Troop 1510 sent you.

Today’s Recipe: Cheese Empanadas

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This recipe is egg-absolutely free and gluten-free of charge (based on the cornmeal you use). It also contains dairy products. It makes 2 servings of Cheese Empanadas (each individual serving is 2 empanadas).



  • 2 cups of cornmeal (Harina Pan brand name)
  • ½ to 1 cup cold h2o
  • Pinch of salt (to style)
  • 1 cup of mozzarella cheese (even though any personal desire performs)

Move 1

In a substantial container, combine cornmeal with the cold water a minimal little bit at a time with the pinch of salt until eventually it gets a consistency of a playdoh ball.


Step 2

Smash it into a pancake involving two plastic sheets to make it slim and round.


Move 3

Put the cheese in the heart of the empanada.

Step 4

Fold the pancake over the cheese.

Step 5

Area a round container that is the measurement you want about the dough. Press it down to kind a 50 percent-moon and pinch all over the sides to make positive it is closed.


Stage 6

Deep fry the empanada in oil that is 375 levels. (Make absolutely sure that it is completely emerged until eventually it is golden and strong.)

Phase 7

Pull it out and let it amazing.

Stage 8

Plate, provide and love the crisp outside the house and the stringy, gooey, delectable cheese!

Morgan Cheese

Buen Provencho! (Great taking in in Venezuelan)

Be absolutely sure to check out our troop (pictured beneath: Kaylee, Elena (the chef), Morgan, Mariamu, and Madison) once more right here before long and satisfy the other women in my troop as they share the planet!   We are also operating on setting up a Youtube channel to share our visits with the chef.


About Morgan Mosburg

Hi! I’m Morgan Mosburg and I’m 14 several years outdated and have been with Troop 1510 because I was 5 as a Daisy.   I like understanding about unique cultures, cooking and assisting people in my group. I also enjoy taking part in my violin, golf, and archery. And I adore my poodle mix, Toto.


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