Chocolate Cravings: Dreamy-Creamy Chocolate-Banana Chia Popsicles

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I have these popsicles to thank for my kids’ growing interest in chia seeds and their strange jelly-like properties.

When that old chocolate craving hits lately we’ve been diving into these cool dreamy-creamy chocolate-banana popsicles. I’ve always liked the idea of homemade popsicles, but somehow they’re always a bit icy and never quite get that luxurious consistency I’m after. Well we’ve done it! We’ve finally landed on what is, at least for my family, the ultimate popsicle! These get extra bonus points because the flavor reminds us of the frozen chocolate bananas you get at the county fair or at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.  Continue reading

See You In A Few Weeks

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We have had an amazing summer doing what we love most – cooking with kids and exploring different cultures and countries with them.  With our summer camps behind us, we are taking some time off to recharge, get our creative juices flowing again and will be back and ready-to-go after Labor Day.  Meanwhile, with the last few days of summer break ahead of us, do get cooking and experimenting in the kitchen with your kiddos, before the back to school craziness starts up.

After we are back, we have a bunch of cooking classes and pop-ups coming up at venues all over the Bay Area – Ramekins, 18 Reasons and Cavallo Point.  In addition, the cooking with kids will continue with a teen immersion course at 18 Reasons, day camps, sessions at schools and other private events.  Do get in touch if you need us to plan something special for you or your kiddos – or both together, we’d love to work with you!

Yum Camp Foods

Just a tiny sampling of what we cooked this summer with our campers.

Summer Fun: Making Kulfi Pops!

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We have already made these kulfi pops a few times this summer and anticipate we will make them a few more times before we are done with summer break.  We used to make my mother’s kulfi recipe, which is fantastic, but takes forever (and a day) to make.  I have been eying the recipe below by Aarti of Food Network fame for ages and finally got round to making it.  Even my mother is converted and is questioning why she spent years of her life boiling down milk, when all she had to do was use canned evaporated and condensed milks.  It’s less ice-y than kulfi usually is, but we are not complaining.  Easier, faster and creamier – all sound pretty good to us.

The chai flavor is ridiculous good – this is basically cool, creamy masala chai made into a pop. (genius!!)  Even the dessert-haters are hankering for this and the little ones are kind of getting addicted to the chai flavor.  Before the summer is over, I am sure we are going to experiment with other flavors.  Mango is next on the list and might be better for the kids than all that caffeine in tea! :) Continue reading

Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company Farm Tour

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Every Friday, May through October — The Fork (new super-duper favorite place!) hosts a walking farm tour and a casual cheese tasting. We enjoyed learning about the history of the farm (how it went from a milk dairy to a cheese business), agriculture in the region, the life cycle (from birth) of their closed-herd of Holsteins, what “Farmstead” means and how truly artisan cheese is made.  The most enjoyable part – aside from petting cows and adorable new born (very skittish) calves – was learning how truly sustainable the whole operation is.  My favorite quote of the day came from a kid in our party – “They make power from poop!”. :) Continue reading

The Meze Table: A Family Cooking Class at Cavallo Point

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If you are looking for something fun to do with your kiddos this Friday, join us for a Middle Eastern parent-child cooking class at Cavallo Point Cooking School.  It should be a fun-filled summer-memory creating event and if you are looking for a little something special to do with your child, this will fit the bill.

Join us to discover the delicious tradition of meze, which extends from Greece, through the Balkans, to Turkey, and throughout the Middle East. In this parent-child cooking class, we explore the delicious tradition of the meze table while we create our own feast of small plates to savor and share, including dishes such as:

Menu:

  • Za’atar (Spice Blend with Sumac, Thyme and Sesame Seeds)
  • Mast-o-Khiar (Persian Cucumber and Yogurt dip)
  • Tabbouleh (Parsley, Mint and Bulgur Wheat Salad)
  • Hummus (Chickpea and Tahini Dip)
  • Savory Filo Cigars
  • Date and Orange Salad
  • Kofte Kebabs
  • Basbousa (Moroccan Semolina Cake)

Still a few tickets available at the link here.  Hoping to see you there!

World Bento Tour: Spain

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In Spain, tapas are appetizers that are eaten at any time of the day. Putting a few tapas together makes a complete meal. It is essentially “finger food” and the recipes and ideas below are a launching pad and you can create your own special menus consisting of your favorite dishes.  We love creating these little bentos with different international cuisines and since we have not done one for a while, we decided to make a Spanish Tapas bento.

This is our favorite type of meal – it’s a combination of store-bought, food-assembly and quick-cooking dishes, but the end result is a delicious and satisfying meal. Plus, everyone loves a dinner that consists of just little appetizers that you enjoy as the dinner conversation flows.

Kids also enjoy little bites of different foods and this is a wonderful way to get them to try new foods and a whole new type of cuisine. After the first “traditional” tapas meal, work with your children to create your own tapas party. You can also try a “tapas party” with foods from different countries and have a new theme each time – the possibilities are endless. Perhaps even host a tapas inspired birthday party for your little ones. Instead of sangria, the children can enjoy some fruit punch. :)  And this week we are cooking with kids at our summer camp and the first city we visited was Barcelona!! Continue reading

Summer Cooking To-Do List

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An inspiration board for our summer of kids’ cooking.

 

As we were having dinner after the last day of school, I invited the kids to come up with a list of things they wanted to cook this summer. While they are pretty interested in cooking in general, when they come up with the cooking projects themselves it’s a whole different ballgame. They put their heads together and in about 2 minutes had come up with the following list, with some things I might have predicted and a few surprises too. While it would be nice to see more veggies and whole grains make the list, at the end of the day the most important ingredient is always enthusiasm. That’s the starting point for everything. We’ll plan a few trips to our gorgeous summer farmers’ markets which I’m sure will provide some extra inspiration too. Continue reading