See you In September!

See you in Spetember

It’s been a busy and exciting summer of cooking camps, recipe development, writing and other yummy projects and we’re feeling luckier than ever to be doing what we love to do! High fives and hugs to all our amazing campers and junior counselors for the enthusiasm and creativity. We are taking some much needed time off to recharge and find inspiration through travel and cooking with friends, family and our children.

Reach out to us at alittleyum@yahoo.com if you would like us to organize a day camp when you children’s school is out for a random day here and there, a private cooking class, a birthday party or if you want to develop easy, international family friendly recipes for you. Below are links for some day camps we are conducting in late Summer and Fall.  Hope your kids and their friends can join us!  (please note, age ranges for all camps are a little different, based on organizer and interest)

Food of Hawaii (Aug 22) – https://www.activityhero.com/widgets/284
Food of Scandinavia (Aug 23) – https://www.activityhero.com/widgets/557
The Food of Vietnam (Aug 29):   https://www.activityhero.com/widgets/1013
Great Chefs: Ina Garten (Aug 30)https://www.activityhero.com/widgets/1014
Indian Street Food (Oct 10): https://www.activityhero.com/widgets/1015
Food of Scandinavia (Nov 2): https://www.activityhero.com/widgets/1018
Flavors of Thailand (Nov 3):  https://www.activityhero.com/widgets/1019
Indian Street Food (Nov 4): https://www.activityhero.com/widgets/1020
Flavors of Thailand (Nov 11): https://www.activityhero.com/widgets/1017
Our first of several cooking classes for grown-ups with be at 18 Reasons featuring Indian Breads – hope you can join us :  https://18reasons.org/classes-events/2016-09-13/indian-breadmaking-ii

New Favorite: Old-Fashioned Poached Pears

Poached Pears

Poached Pears by A Little Yumminess

Here’s something tasty to eat while you’re awaiting the return of luscious summer fruit. We love our apples, pears and oranges, but somehow they just don’t inspire the way those buckets of cherries and perfect ripe-tart-juicy nectarines do. But then again these spiced, wine-poached pears are pretty great. They’re tender and sweet, with hints of clove and cinnamon, and exotic, earthy aromas provided by a bit of leftover wine. Glossy and gorgeous, this is an old-fashioned kind of dessert, the kind your grandmother might have made — especially if she was Italian. In fact making these always gets my hubby thinking about his Nonni.

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Currently Craving – Della Fattoria’s Avocado Toast

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Della Fattoria’s avocado toast takes the concoction to a new level – crispy, toasty Della bread topped with perfectly ripe, super thinly sliced avocado.  Topped with some purple sprouts, salt and pepper and olive oil.  A totally luscious, gorgeous, work of art – almost too beautiful to eat….. Continue reading

Flavor Brigade: Italian Ice in Oakland!

Flavor BrigadeItalian ice hasn’t quite “become a thing” the Bay Area — at least not yet. In fact the only place we know of that specializes in it is Flavor Brigade on Fruitvale Ave in Oakland. We make it a point to try and position ourselves in the vicinity of Flavor Brigade as often as possible so we have an excuse to stop in for some Philly style “water ice” (another name for Italian ice). If we lived closer, I’m pretty sure we’d be there ALL the time. Continue reading

Cool Summer Treats: Frozen Hot Chocolate

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Summer is here and when we saw this recipe on one of our favorite blogs, we could not resist trying it out almost immediately.  Made famous by Serendipity Cafe in NYC, this “frozen hot chocolate” is basically a home-made ice blended.  It’s an easy recipe, one that the kids can make by themselves, start to finish (that includes clean-up!).  I suspect we will be making these frozen hot chocolates a few more times before the summer is over.  The portion below in the recipe is (too) small, and given the popularity of the end product, do double or triple the recipe!  Great icy treat to add to your summer repertoire…. Continue reading

Falafel Drive-In, San Jose

Falafel Drive In

Go for the classic — falafel sandwich & a banana shake!

Where have you been all my life Falafel’s Drive-In? I love a good drive-in, and I’m never opposed to French fries, but add crunchy falafel to the mix? Now you’re talking !

A few weekends ago we happened to be near San Jose, hungry for some lunch with vague recollection about falafel on Steven’s Creek Blvd. A quick Google search was all we needed to lead us to Falafel’s Drive-In. Continue reading

Kitchen Gear: Suribachi (Japanese Mortar & Pestle)

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Check out this suribachi (“grinding bowl”). It’s a Japanese-style mortar and pestle. Over the last year I have become a big fan of this piece of cooking equipment because the design is perfect for making pastes and pestos. Essentially it’s a ceramic bowl with an unglazed, textured inside. With a wooden pestle, you grind foods against the ridges inside the bowl. It’s similar to other tools you may know (a Mexican Molcajete, an Italian mortar and pestle made from marble, or a Indonesian style mortar and pestle made from basalt/volcanic rock), but those ridges make all the difference. You can make smooth, creamy pastes really efficiently. And like other mortar and pestles you can work with very small quantities which is handy and impossible with a food processor or mini chop. Continue reading